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Gertrude Berliner Collection

Identifier: AR 1227

Scope and Content Note

The writings of Gertrude Berliner in folder 2 (in two parts) are mainly stories of personal recollections and reminiscences of childhood and adulthood, family and emigration, in German and in English. Titles include “Mein schönstes Erlebnis in U.S.A.“, "Gourmet treats on culinary road” (1960), “The apple sauce”, “Story about Mizi and Kathe”, “New York World’s Fair 1964 - Wiener Prater 1914”, “Frühling in Wien”, “No iron curtain”, “Mein erster Ausgflug in den Wiener Prater“, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend”, “Das weise Vögelein”, “Kammermusik in unserem Haus“, “Mishpochologie”, “Carneval time”, “Life on this planet”, and “My trip over the Atlantic”, all in part one.

Folder 2, part two holds various autobiographical typescripts and manuscripts, such as “Portrait of my two grandmothers”, “Memoires from my mother’s family”, and others, as well as published and unpublished materials pertaining to “A memorial to Joseph Sanders” (1960).

Folder 3, genealogy, concentrates on the work of Peter Schulze about the genealogy of the Berliner family.

Folder 4, Semmy Berliner, holds correspondence and clippings pertaining to Semmy Berliner (1879-1915), who was killed 1915 in World War I.

Folder 5, memorabilia, contains photographs, copies of vital records of the Berliner family in Hannover, and an autograph of the writer Schalom Asch (1936).

Folder 6: Sketches, drawings and notes // undated

Folder 7 is dedicated to the industrialist and inventor Emile (Emil) Berliner, containing published materials and an undated, eight page typescript by Gertrude Berliner, "Emil Berliner kam aus Hannover. Weil der Erfinder der Schallplatte kein Soldat werden wollte, wanderte er nach Amerika aus". It is the biography and family history of the author’s uncle, the inventor of the flat recording disk. Also included a one-page family tree.


  • 1881-1990


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

The author Gertrude Berliner was born 1909 in Vienna, Austria, into a Jewish family originating from Hannover, Germany. After "Anschluss" in 1938, she left for England and later immigrated to the USA.


0.25 Linear Feet


This mostly unorganized collection holds manuscripts, drawings and correspondence, as well as some vital records, photographs and published materials pertaining to the author Gertrude Berliner and her family in Vienna, Austria, and in Hanover, Germany. Most of her writings deal with family and emigration, personal recollections and reminiscences of childhood and adulthood.

Other Finding Aid

Ten German language catalog cards with item level descriptions for part of the collection are available in folder 1.

Separated Material

Photographs have been removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.

Processing Information

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

Inventory of the Gertrude Berliner Collection, 1881-1990 AR 1227
© 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