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Graefenberg Family Collection

Identifier: AR 231

Scope and Content Note

The first folder contains two official documents, attesting to Julius Frankenstein’s military rank as a second lieutenant in 1877, and to his service in the wars of 1870/71 and 1914/18, issued in 1933.

Also included are two copies of a private printing of the family’s genealogy by Prof. Dr. Selly Gräfenberg, “Stammbaumblätter der Familie Gräfenberg”, Frankfurt a.M., 1916, reaching back to 1752. The first copy holds the original 20 pages; a second copy is a revised and enlarged manuscript by Carl H. Grafenberg, 112 pages, San Francisco, 1975.

There also is a clipping with the obituary for Ernst Graefenberg, 1957.

The typescript in folder 2 is a lecture about Ernst Graefenberg by Matthias David, Berlin 2003.


  • Creation: 1877-2003

Language of Materials

This collection is in German and English.

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

Ernst Graefenberg was born 1881 in Adelebsen, Germany. He studied medicine and worked as a gynaecologist in Berlin. In 1941 he immigrated via Sibiria to the US, where he worked with Robert Latoux Dickenson as a staff physician at the Margaret Sanger Research Bureau. He died in New York in 1957.


2 Folders


The collection contains military letters for Julius Frankenstein; genealogical tables for the Graefenberg family; and materials about the gynaecologist Ernst Graefenberg.

Other Finding Aid

Items in folder 1 are described there.

Processing Information

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

Inventory of the Graefenberg Family Collection, 1877-2003 AR 231
© 2009
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
The inventory is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States