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Hirschberg Goldmann Family Collection

Identifier: AR 25047

Scope and Content Note

The Hirschberg-Goldmann Family Collection; Breslau,* documents genealogy pertaining to the Hirschberg, Goldmann, Dienstfertig and Friedlaender families of Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland). The primary bulk of the collection, however, deals with the professional life of physician Harry Hirschberg/Harter in Germany and the United States.

Besides genealogy found in Series I, various other family members are documented in Series II. Included in this series are the citizenship, engagement, and marriage certificates for Moritz and Sara Boehm of Prussia (Folder 1). Boehm was the maiden name of Leonore Goldmann's mother, Kaethe. Folder 2 carries various ephemeral items related to the Hirschberg-Goldmann families such as business cards and newspaper advertisements. Folder 3 documents the fate of Leonore's parents, Siegfried and Kaethe including a declaration of family fortune, takeover of dwelling, and Dresdner Bank correspondence prior to and during WWII.

Citizenship, school, and professional medical career documentation concerning neuro-psychiatrist Harry Harter may be found in Series III, including World War I military service documents, publications, and obituaries. Medical documents include those issued in Germany and the United States. Series IV holds personal documents such as birth, passport and school certificates for Leonore Goldmann, while Series V documents their engagement, marriage and immigration from Germany through Cuba to the United States. Lastly, various documents concerning their son, Donald Harter may be found in Series VI.

Collection is in English and German.


  • 1837-1957


Language of Materials

This collection is in German and English.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

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

Harry M. Harter (previous name: Harry Hirschberg), a neuro-psychiatrist, was born in Breslau on July 6, 1899. His father died when he was 6 years old, his mother died in 1930. From 1917 to 1918 he served in World War I. After receiving his medical degree from the University of Breslau in 1924, he opened a successful psychological praxis in Breslau and also worked for various hospitals. He married Leonore Goldmann from Hindenburg (i.e. Zabrze) in 1928. Their son Dieter (later Donald Harter) was born in 1933, their daughter Daisy in 1938. In 1938 Harry M. Harter and his father-in-law visited the United States. His father-in-law went back to Germany, Harry M. Harter went to Cuba. His wife and his children joined him in Cuba in February 1939. They emigrated to the United States in August 1940. Leonore Goldmann's parents Siegfried and Kaethe Goldmann perished during the Holocaust. Harry M. Harter earned his medical U.S. license in 1946. He worked as a neuro-psychiatrist at various hospitals in New York State and the City of New York. He was a member of the student fraternity A.W.V (Akademisch-Wissenschaftlicher Verein) Breslau. He was also an active member of the zionist Mizrachi movement. He died on September 21, 1957.


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The collection includes family trees and genealogical information on the Hirschberg and Goldmann families from Breslau as well as some certificates of citizenship and other documents from various relatives issued in the early 19th century. The bulk of the collection consists of personal documents of the physician Harry Hirschberg (later Harter) and his wife Leonore Goldmann, such as certificates, passports, study books, military documents related to World War I, emigration papers, and new licenses and certificates issued in the United States after World War II.


The collection is on two reels of microfilm (MF 952):

  1. Reel 1: 1/1 - 1/15
  2. Reel 2: 1/16 - 2/4


Originally archived as the "Donald H. Harter Collection" (AR 10578).

Processing Information

Information about [Dr. Hirschberg’s horse Asa] has been accessioned as ‘Hirschberg Goldmann Family Collection – Addenda’, AR 11756 and microfilmed on MF 1385.

Guide to the Hirschberg-Goldmann Family Collection; Breslau, 1837-1957 AR 25047 / MF 952
Processed by Renate Evers
© May 2000.
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Description is in English.
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This version was derived from Hirschberg-Goldmann02.xml

Revision Statements

  • 2010-03-23 : encoding of linking to digital objects from finding aid was changed from <extref> to <dao> through dao_conv.xsl
  • September 2004.: Converted to ead 2002. Revised as Hirschberg-Goldmann02.xml by Dianne Ritchey Oummia. Removed deprecated elements and attributes, updated repository codes, added language codes, changed doctype declaration, etc.
  • March 2005.: Access points added by Dianne Ritchey Oummia.
  • January 2009.: Microfilm inventory added.
  • October 2009.: Series VII information added by Chris Bentley.
  • January 2015: Extref to dao by Kevin Schlottmann.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States