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Max Nussbaum Collection

Identifier: AR 1693

Scope and Content Note

A three-page list of all sermons, 1935-1940,is included in folder 1.

Folder 6 holds three typed articles (reports) in German about the circumstances of Jews in Germany, circa 1940, seemingly to an American audience.

Folder 7 holds some correspondence to Max Nussbaum from Ernst Simon and others; clippings also include obituaries.

Manuscripts in folder 8 were written in English. They include "Franz Kafka: The Jewish Aspect" (10 page typescript, 1940) about Franz Kafka’s attitudes toward his father and religion; and "Christian Forerunners of Zionism" (31 page typescript, undated) written with Emil Bernhard Cohn about the concept of Zionism and its Christian propagators in the 16th to 19th centuries. Also included is a clipping from Emuna Horizonte, vol. 6, No.5 (Oct. 1971), p. 353-356, with a German article, “Mein Leben in Amerika”.


  • 1935-1974


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

Max Nussbaum was born 1908 in Suczawa, Bukovina (today Suceava, Romania), and was ordained in 1933 at the Jewish Theological Seminary in Breslau, Germany, where he also earned a Ph.D. He served as a rabbi in Berlin until 1940, when he immigrated to the United States and briefed the US government on the situation of Jews in Nazi Germany. In 1942, he was appointed rabbi of Temple Israel in Hollywood, California, where he remained until his death in 1974 and served as rabbi to many Hollywood stars.


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This collection holds foremost copied typescripts of holiday sermons of Rabbi Max Nussbaum, given in Berlin 1935 to 1940. Synagogues include Friedenstempel and those in Lützow-, Levetzov-, and Joachimsthaler-Strasse. Also included are manuscripts by Max Nussbaum, as well as some correspondence and clippings.

Related Material

An Oral history interview with Max Nussbaum is part of The oral history collection of the Research Foundation for Jewish Immigration, AR 25385.

There also is a pencil and ink drawing on paper by an unknown artist with a Portrait of Rabbi Dr. Max Nussbaum, Berlin, 1934.

Processing Information

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

Inventory of the Max Nussbaum Collection, 1935-1974 AR 1693
© 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