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Augusta and Emil Mane Collection

Identifier: AR 6835

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains personal papers of Augusta and Emil Mane. The materials mainly reflect their experience emigrating from their home in Philippsburg, Germany, through official emigration documents and personal correspondence. Some restitution material, a family tree, recipes for baking, and materials related to other Jews from Philippsburg are also included.

The correspondence consists mainly of handwritten letters in German sent to Augusta and Emil Mane from family members between 1938 and 1945, with a few letters from later decades. Correspondents include Simon and Henriette Holz, Hans Faber (Augusta’s brother), Hilde Springer, Alfred and Gustav Levy (uncles), Paula Kaufmann, Bertha Herz, and Johanna Löb (a neighbor). The emigration materials for Augusta Mane include a few letters, her passport, a notebook for learning English, an address book, a few notes, and a German-language handbook for immigrants from the Daughters of the American Revolution. Emil Mane’s materials from the Kitchener Camp and his emigration consist mainly of correspondence with English officials and a few personal items from the camp. The restitution materials include letters exchanged by family members regarding restitution for lost property and letters by Emil Mane inquiring into restitution in the 1960s. Also included are letters sent by Augusta Mane in 1938 requesting the release of Emil Mane from Dachau after his imprisonment on Kristallnacht and a contract of sale of the Mane family’s iron works from 1955. The photographs consist of picture postcards and formal portraits of members of the Mane and related families and friends, including Ilse Adler, Clara Bierig, Max Bierig, Fanny Eichtersheimer, Leo Eichtersheimer, Moritz Eichtersheimer, Else Faber, Hans Faber, Jakob Faber, Moritz Faber, Thekla Faber, Erna Gutmann, Elise Gutmann, Jakob Gutmann, Leopold Gutmann, Martha Gutmann, Nathan Gutmann, Anna Holz, Henriette Holz, Judith Holz, Simon Holz, Leo Kahn, Liesel Kahn, Paula Knorr, Liselotte Levy, Otto Levy, Trudel Levy, Berta Loeb, Jeanette Löb, Max Meyer, Selma Meyer, and Claere Wohlgemuth. Some military photographs from World War I and a few snapshots are also included.


  • 1905-circa 1997, 2013
  • Majority of material found within 1937-1945


Language of Materials

The collection is in German and English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Access Information

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Request" button.

Biographical Note

Augusta née Faber was born in 1905 in Philippsburg (Baden, Germany). In 1928, she married Emil Mane (born 1900 in Geinsheim/Pfalz), the son of a butcher Elias Mané. After their marriage, Emil ran the iron works Gebrüder Gutmann (Gutmann Brothers) along with Augusta and her mother. This business had been in Augusta’s family for over a century when they were forced to close it in 1938 and allow it to be sold in 1939. Emil was arrested on Kristallnacht and imprisoned at Dachau but later released. Augusta immigrated to the United States with their three children in February of 1940. Emil was a refugee at the Kitchener Camp in Richborough (Kent, England) until March of 1940, when he was able to procure passage to New York City and join his family. From the late 1940s through the 1960s, Emil claimed restitution for the loss of family property and damages to his career. Emil passed away in 1991, and Augusta in 2000.


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This collection contains the personal papers of Augusta (1905-2000) and Emil Mane (1900-1991) of Philippsburg, Baden, Germany. They were forced to sell their iron works business Gebrüder Gutmann in 1938 and, after Emil’s imprisonment in Dachau and time in an English refugee camp, they immigrated to the United States. The collection includes personal correspondence, emigration and restitution materials, recipes, photographs, a family tree, and a list of what happened to the Jews of Philippsburg during or after World War II.


Materials are arranged by document type.

Digitization Note

The collection was digitized and made accessible in its entirety.

Related Material

The LBI Library holds several books that belonged to members of the Mane family and were donated along with this collection.

The LBI Archives hold the following materials related to the Mane, Gutmann, and related families: The Gutmann Brothers Collection, which consists of one clipping about the Gutmann Brothers business from 1934, the Gutmann Family Collection, which contains an extended family tree of the Mane and Gutmann families, and the Mane Family Collection with additional digitized personal and other papers related to the Mane family.

Separated Material

A floppy disk with family correspondence and notes has been separated to the LBI Audio Visual Collection.

Processing Information

Envelopes that did not contain any further information than could be found on the correspondence itself were removed. Comments written on sticky notes were replaced with copies of the note onto acid-free paper. Correspondence was removed from envelopes and unfolded. Materials were refoldered where necessary.

Guide to the Augusta and Emil Mane Collection 1905-circa 1997, 2013 (bulk 1937-1945) AR 6835
Processed by Leanora Lange
© 2014
Language of description
Script of description
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Description is in English.
Processing made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. Digitization made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

Revision Statements

  • June 2015: dao links and digitization information added by Leanora Lange.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

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New York NY 10011 United States