Juedischer Kulturbund Hamburg Collection
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.
Language of Materials
This collection is in German and English.
Open to researchers.
Collection is digitized. Follow the links 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
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.
- Archival materials
- Clippings (information artifacts)
- Ehrlich, Max, 1909-1983
- Hamburg (Germany)
- Hinkel, Hans, 1901-
- Jews -- Germany -- Intellectual life
- Jews -- Persecutions -- Germany
- Jüdischer Kulturbund
- Lectures and lecturing
- National socialism and theater
- Publications (documents)
- Singer, Kurt, 1885-1944
- Steinberg, William, 1899-1978
- Inventory of the Juedischer Kulturbund Hamburg Collection, 1933-1938 AR 2594
- © 2009
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- The inventory is in English.
- April 2016:: dao links added by Emily Andresini.