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Curt Bejach collection

Identifier: AR 10876

Scope and Content Note

The folder about Dr. Curt Dietrich Bejach holds a copy of his doctoral thesis, "Die sozialen Aufgaben des Arztes bei der Wiederertuechtigung schwerkriegsbeschaedigter Handwerker and Industriearbeiter", Albertus-Universitaet Koenigsberg, 1919. Personal documents include an official confirmation of his military service in World War I, as well as the documents pertaining to his forced retirement and letters of recommendation from his last employer, Soziale Frauenschule der Inneren Mission. Also included is correspondence from Dr. Bejach in Theresienstadt with his daughter Jutta Grosser in Berlin.

The folder about the Bejach family holds a published article by Dietrich Tutzke: "Les freres Bejach, un chapitre de la stomatologie berlinoise et l’histoire de la medicine" in: "Revue d’histoire de la medicine hebraique", vol. 26. (1973), no. 103. Original documents include written communication via the Red Cross in 1944 between Dr. Bejach’s daughters, Jutta in Berlin and Irene in Leicester, England, as well as a work order for Jutta Bejach, January 11, 1945. Also included is a printed copy of Hitler’s last proclamation to the German army: "Tagesbefehl des Fuehrers an die Kaempfer der Ostfront- ‚Vor der Hauptstadt des Reiches wird der Feind verbluten!‘" on April 16, 1945.

Also included in this collection are original and published documents pertaining to the work of the physicist Samuel Goudsmit. Original documents include correspondence from Hermann Goering regarding research for nuclear energy and an atomic bomb, as well as correspondence from Heinrich Himmler to Prof. [Werner] Heisenberg.

Published materials include an article by Jonothan Logan, The Critical Mass, in: American Scientist, vol. 84 (1996), pp. 263-277, about Samuel Goudsmit’s involvement in the allied team that captured German atomic installations, as well as an obituary for Samuel Goudsmit, New York Times, Dec. 6, 1978.


  • 1919-1996


Language of Materials

This collection is in German, English and French.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:

Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011


Biographical Note

Curt Dietrich Bejach (1890-1944) earned his medical degree at the University in Königsberg and worked in Berlin, where he held a teaching position at Soziale Frauenschule der Inneren Mission, a college that prepared women for jobs in social services. He was dismissed from his job in 1933 and was eventually deported to the concentration camp Theresienstadt and ultimately to Auschwitz, where he perished in 1944.

The physicist Samuel Goudsmit was born 1902 in The Hague. In 1925, when he was a graduate student at the University of Leyden, he discovered the electron’s spin together with George E. Uhlenbeck. He immigrated to the United States in 1927, working as scientific director of the Alsos mission, investigating the German nuclear energy project.


4 Folders


The majority of the materials in this collection consist of original and some published documents pertaining to the Berlin physician Curt Bejach and his family. Also included are original correspondence and published articles about the physicist Samuel Goudsmit.

Related Material

The paper collection also holds a copied article with a biography of Dr. Curt Bejach, published on occasion of the 100th anniversary of the “Evangelische Frauenschule” in Berlin in 2004.

Separated Material

Photographs in the LBI Photograph Collection include those of Curt Dietrich Bejach and his wife Hedwig née Ottow working in field hospitals during World War I; and three photographs of Curt Bejach’s parents, Max and Helene Bejach.

Processing Information

During microfilming and consequent digitization the original order of the collection has been disrupted.

Originally, this collection was described as the Samuel and Irene Goudsmit Collection, putting more emphasis on materials pertaining to Samuel Goudsmit and ranking them as folders 1 and 2.

Inventory of the Curt Bejach collection, 1919-1996 AR 10876
© 2009
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The inventory is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States