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Adolf Loebel Collection

Identifier: AR 4185

Scope and Content Note

The Adolf Loebel Collection consists of a large amount of newspaper clippings and other press materials, with much of the material centered on the events of the Holocaust in the area of Baden in Germany. A few clippings relate to the experiences of members of the Loebel family, especially Ellen Loebl and Adolf Loebel. In addition to newspaper clippings the collection holds some copies of official correspondence, circular letters and photographs.

Some information on Loebel family members will be found in Series I. Here are included newspaper clippings that tell the story of Ellen Loebl's life in hiding in Germany and the recognition given the woman who aided her. Clippings and correspondence that show Adolf Loebel's support of the recently founded Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung are also present.

The bulk of the collection is composed of newspaper clippings of the 1930s and 1940s, primarily found in Series II and IV. Series II holds newspaper clippings on various Jewish communities in Germany, most of which are located in Baden-Württemberg. Clippings on Heidelberg show Adolf Loebel's role as head of the community there. Series IV comprises an extensive collection of newspaper clippings from both Jewish and non-Jewish newspapers, which cover a plethora of subjects. Among Subseries 2 of Series IV are several clippings from National Socialist newspapers. Later clippings often describe memorials of the events of the Holocaust, among other topics.

Series III contains papers of the Nazi years, with many circular letters of official regulations and limitations on Jews along with a few copies of official correspondence of the Reichsvereinigung der Juden. In addition this series includes a lengthy list of names of Jews; an accompanying note indicates that most of these individuals were deported.


  • 1897-1975
  • Majority of material found within 1938-1947


Language of Materials

The collection is in German with a small amount of English.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

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

Adolf Loebl was born in Vinita, Romania on April 7, 1895. He married Sofie (possibly called Suse) Billig of Munich and they had two daughters, Ellen and Hannelore. The family lived in Karlsruhe.

He and his family survived the Holocaust in hiding in Karlsruhe. From 1945 he was president of the Jewish community of Heidelberg. In 1949 he attended the Heidelberg Conference on the future of the Jews in Germany that was held under the auspices of the United States Military Government. In 1952 Adolf, Sofie and Hannelore Loebel immigrated to the United States. After immigration he changed the spelling of his surname to Loebel. Adolf Loebel died in November 1984 in Cedarhurst, New York.


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The Adolf Loebel Collection primarily documents the events of the Holocaust in Baden-Württemberg with an extensive amount of newspaper clippings. To a smaller extent it shows a few of the experiences of Adolf Loebel, head of the Jewish community in Heidelberg. In addition to the many newspaper clippings the collection contains circular letters and announcements, some correspondence, a list of Jews in Baden from 1940 and a few photographs.

Other Finding Aid

A 5-page partially item-level inventory exists for this collection.

Related Material

Related to this collection is Harry Greenstein's report on the Heidelberg Conference of 1949 [MS 168], an event attended by Adolf Loebel.

Processing Information

This collection was initially processed by Ilse Turnheim in April 1976. The previous arrangement of the folders in her finding aid has been retained in the current version of the finding aid. During the 2012 processing of the collection the biographical note as well as series- and collection-level scope notes were created.

Guide to the Papers of Adolf Loebel (1895-1984) 1897-1975 AR 4185
Processed by Juliane Radig, Dianne Ritchey and LBI Staff
© 2012
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from AdolfLoebel.xml

Revision Statements

  • January 15, 2013 : 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