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Sigismund and Jenny Asch correspondence

Identifier: AR 539

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains correspondence between Sigismund Asch (1825-1901) and his wife Jenny, née Bauer (1832-1907), from June 1867 to October 1900. The letters and some postcards may be read from photocopied originals or from typed transcriptions, provided with footnotes by their great-granddaughter Dagmar Nick in 1995. Also included are courtship-letters from Sigismund Asch to Jenny Bauer in the summer of 1853, when she and her mother vacationed in Karlsbad.

Folder 3 includes a printed article by Curt Colden, 'Der alte Asch', which was published in an unnamed German newspaper in 1925 on the occasion of Sigismund Asch's 100th anniversary. The physician Dr. Colden was married to Aschs’ granddaughter, Lore. An English translation by Irene Newhouse is available in folder 4.

The typed transcripts without the photocopied originals are also available in folder 5.


  • 1853-1996
  • Majority of material found in 1853-1900


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

Sigismund Asch in Breslau, Germany, was politically active during the revolution of 1848 and was sentenced to one year “Festungshaft”, a milder form of imprisonment, reserved for prisoners of conscience. He then settled in Breslau as a physician, and in around 1850 he met Jenny, the daughter of Albert and Fanny Bauer. They had to wait until February of 1855, before they were allowed to get married.


5 Folders


This collection contains the correspondence - in photocopied originals and typed transcripts - between Sigismund Asch (1825-1901) and his wife Jenny, née Bauer (1832-1907). The bulk was written 1867-1900; also included are transcribed courtship-letters from Sigismund Asch to Jenny Bauer in 1853, as well as a published article about Sigismund Asch.

Processing Information

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

The order in which the folders are listed was changed in this finding aid.

Inventory of the Sigismund and Jenny Asch correspondence, 1853-1996 AR 539
© 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