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Anne Fischer Collection

Identifier: AR 10519

Scope and Content Note

This collection holds correspondence and some personal papers of Anne Fischer. The bulk of the collection consists of letters exchanged between herself and her close friend Hermann Simon. A small amount of correspondence with other individuals and a few personal papers are additionally present.

The handwritten correspondence between Anne Fischer and Hermann Simon is particularly extensive; the two friends wrote each other a few times a week from the 1930s through the 1950s, with less frequent but still regular correspondence during the 1960s snd 1970s. These letters comprise Subseries 1 and 2 of Series I. Perusal of this material provides a detailed look into the lives of Anne Fischer and Hermann Simon, as well as the prominent events of members of their families and friends. With such a large amount of correspondence, the letters discuss numerous subjects, including the immigration of themselves and their family members, their work, political developments, travel, litarature and entertainment, and news of family and friends.

Some material pertaining to Fischer family members may also be found in this collection. The final subseries of Series I holds several folders of letters of family members, including correspondence from Eva and George Fischer to their mother, as well as some correspondence from Hedwig Rosenberg to her daughter. Series II contains some family papers as well, especially documentation related to the medical career of Bernard Rosenberg. Series II additionally contains a detailed horoscope for Anne Fischer and some ration books for Fischer family members from World War II.


  • Creation: 1884-1982
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1930-1978


Language of Materials

The collection is primarily in German, with some English.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

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

Anne Fischer was born on August 12, 1902 in Stuttgart. She was the daughter of the physician Bernard Rosenberg and his wife Hedwig Rosenberg née Lerchenthal, and she had an older brother, Eric.

Anne Fischer married the physician Ernst Fischer, and they had two children: George and Eva. Anne Fischer went to the United States with her children in August 1934, following her husband who had immigrated earlier. The family first settled in Rochester before moving to Richmond, Virginia. She returned to Germany several times following World War II.


7 Linear Feet


This collection contains the correspondence and personal papers of Anne Fischer. The bulk of the material consists of nearly five decades of continuous correspondence between Anne Fischer and Hermann Simon. In addition, there is a very small amount of official documents of family members and a few photographs.


The collection is on twenty reels of microfilm (MF 992):

  1. Reel 1: 1/1 - 1/13
  2. Reel 2: 1/14 - 1/32
  3. Reel 3: 1/33 - 2/1
  4. Reel 4: 2/2 - 2/28
  5. Reel 5: 2/29 - 2/53
  6. Reel 6: 2/54 - 3/13
  7. Reel 7: 3/14 - 3/26
  8. Reel 8: 3/27 - 4/7
  9. Reel 9: 4/8 - 4/22
  10. Reel 10: 4/23 - 4/34
  11. Reel 11: 4/35 - 5/5
  12. Reel 12: 5/6 - 5/10
  13. Reel 13: 5/11 - 5/14
  14. Reel 14: 5/15 - 6/5
  15. Reel 15: 6/6 - 6/25
  16. Reel 16: 6/26 - 6/47
  17. Reel 17: 6/48 - 7/2
  18. Reel 18: 7/3 - 7/7
  19. Reel 19: 7/8 - 7/20
  20. Reel 20: 7/21 - 7/45

Related Material

Related to this collection is the Hermann Simon Collection, AR 6372.

Processing Information

The collection was partially processed in 2008, with the correspondence arranged chronologically. In 2009 the collection was processed in preparation of the EAD finding aid, with the creation of series and addition of description.

Guide to the Papers of Anne Fischer 1884-1982 AR 10519 / MF 992
Processed by Dianne Ritchey and Peter Wolff
© 2009
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from AnneFischer.xml

Revision Statements

  • November 2009.: Microfilm inventory added.
  • October 21, 2013 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States