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Paul Eppstein Collection

Identifier: AR 804


The collection consists primarily of newspaper clippings in remembrance (and mostly praise) of Paul Eppstein. Also included are photocopies of official documents pertaining to Eppstein’s academic career.


  • 1928-1967
  • Majority of material found in 1929, 1959

Language of Materials

This collection is in German.

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

The sociologist and German-Jewish community leader Paul Eppstein (1901–1944) was born in Mannheim, Germany. After studies in Heidelberg he was appointed lecturer (‘Privatdozent’) in sociology at the university of Mannheim (then ‘Handelshochschule’) from 1926 until 1933. After the Kristallnacht pogrom of November 1938, he was invited to England as a sociology lecturer but refused to go. As a prominent Jewish youth leader, organizer, and speaker he was one of the founders of the Reichsvertretung der deutschen Juden; he was the head of its welfare department, retaining the position when it became the Nazi-imposed Reichsvereinigung, until his deportation to Theresienstadt in January 1943. Upon his arrival he was nominated "Judenaeltester" ("Jewish Elder") in place of Jacob Edelstein. On September 27, 1944, he was arrested by the Gestapo and immediately shot.


4 Folders

Other Finding Aid

Original German language index cards are included in folder 1.

Inventory of the Paul Eppstein Collection , 1928-1967 AR 804
© 2009
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
The inventory is in English.

Revision Statements

  • June 29, 2017 : 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