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Heinrich Graetz Collection

Identifier: AR 154

Scope and Content Note

Folder 1 contains four original, handwritten letters (+ typed transcripts) by Heinrich Graetz to Rabbi Alexander Stein in Worms, and four more letters to various colleagues.

Also included is Acht Briefe von H. Graetz im Besitz des L.B.I. New-York, a 7-page typescript by R. Michael with transcripts of the letters and explanatory footnotes. The letters are addressed to: Bacher, Wilhelm; Buber, Salomo; Jolowicz, Heymann; Loeb; and Stein, Alexander.

Folder 2 holds an obituary in Israelitische Wochenschrift Magdeburg, Sep. 10, 1891, and an article by Caesar Seligmann on occasion of Graetz’s 100th birthday in Frankfurter Zeitung, Oct. 1917.


  • 1868-1978
  • Majority of material found in 1868-1917

Language of Materials

This collection is in German.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Use Restrictions

Part of the collection is digitized. Follow the link(s) in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

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

Heinrich Graetz was born October 31, 1817 in Posen, Russia (today Poland). He studied at universities in Breslau and Jena, before settling in Breslau, where he taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary. His work Geschichte der Juden was translated into many other languages and ignited worldwide interest in Jewish history. He died September 7, 1891 and was buried in Breslau.


2 Folders


The collection consists primarily of Heinrich Graetz’s correspondence with Rabbi Alexander Stein in Worms and others. Also included are printed obituaries.

Separated Material

Photographs have been removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.

Book reviews, correspondence, off-prints and clippings pertaining to Graetz may be found in folder 3 of the paper collection, which is not available in any other format.

Guide to the Heinrich Graetz Collection, 1868-1917  AR 154
Processed by LBI Staff
© 2013
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States