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Juedischer Kulturbund Hamburg Collection

Identifier: AR 2594

Scope and Content Note

The extensive collection of programs, circulars, and other printed materials provide understanding for the unique challenges facing the activities of Jüdischer Kulturbund Hamburg, as well as other sister organizations throughout Germany, from 1934 to 1938. Announcements for performing arts productions, featuring acclaimed artists like Max Ehrlich, Joseph Rosenstock, Hermann Schey, Hans Wilhelm Steinberg and many others, as well as performances of Kulturbund orchestras from Berlin and Rhein-Main (Frankfurt), are interspersed with notes of negative interventions by the Gestapo (Secret Police) and other authorities.

Folder V, holding original newspaper clippings, assembles not only the artistic reviews of the various performances, but also musings about this new enterprise of Jews performing for Jews only. Voice is given repeatedly for the head of Jüdischer Kulturbund country-wide, Dr. Kurt Singer, as well as for Staatskommissar Hans Hinkel, the executive director of the Reichskulturkammer.


  • 1933-1938

Language of Materials

This collection is in German and 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


Historical Note

Juedischer Kulturbund was established in April 1933 to provide employment for Jewish artists, musicians, and teachers who had been dismissed by the Nazis. They organized lecture series and theatrical and musical performances under the direct supervision and censorship of Staatskommissar Hans Hinkel, executive director of the Reichskulturkammer. The activities of the Kulturbund were severely curtailed after Kristallnacht and the organization ceased to exist in late 1941.


0.5 Linear Feet


A nearly complete collection of programs, circulars, and other printed matter of the Kulturbund, Hamburg, from 1934 to 1938. Also a collection of newspaper clippings, many of them about the Reichsverband der juedischen Kulturbuende for the same period.

Other Finding Aid

Also available is an original German language inventory by Ilse Turnheim.

Related Material

The LBI Archives hold other, smaller collections about Jüdischer Kulturbund in Berlin; Düsseldorf; Kassel; and Rhein-Ruhr/Cologne. Also noteworthy are two original documents pertaining to the establishment of Jüdischer Kulturbund in Germany: ‘Plan zur Errichtung eines deutsch-jüdischen Kultubundes’ by Ken C. Baumann, 1933 and ‘Protokoll der Tagung der jüdischen Kulturbünde Deutschlands‘, 1935.

Inventory of the Juedischer Kulturbund Hamburg Collection, 1933-1938 AR 2594
© 2009
Language of description
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Language of description note
The inventory is in English.

Revision Statements

  • April 2016:: dao links added by Emily Andresini.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States