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Arnhold family collection

Identifier: AR 2920

Scope and Content Note

The following families and individuals are mentioned in this collection:

Anhauch family; Arnhold family; Arnhold, Clara; Arnhold, Georg; Arnhold, Heinrich; Arnhold, Johanna; Arnhold, Kurt; Arnthal family; Arons, Paul; Bahr, Gert; Bayer family; Behrend family; Brach, Alfred; Clewing, Carl; Clewing, Margarete; Duttenhofer, Carl; Essen, Hans; Gelpke, Walther; Gericke family; Gerson, Irene; Grabowsky, Julius; Guetermann, Ludwig; Gutmann, Eugen; Heller family; Huldschinsky family; Kleemann, Wilhelm; Koppel family; Kristeller, Anna; Kunheim, Hugo; Lahmann, Heinrich; Levy, Max; Lewenz, Ella; Lewenz, Moritz family; Lindenhayn, Margot; Lippmann, Hermann; Maron family; Marwitz family; Marwitz, Marie; Mattersdorff family; Mauthner family; Oppenheimer, Adolf; Orsini, Baroni; Pickardt, Loni; Posnansky, Alice; Pulvermacher, David; Reuss, Prinz Heinrich; Rosenthal, Ernst; Schloss, Moritz; Schmolinsky, Heinz; Schnabel, Heinrich; Schuster, Anneliese; Sluzewski, Heinrich; Striemer, Leonid; Thurnauer, Martin; Vollrath family; Wallach, Toni; Winterberg family; Wohlgemut, Eugen; Wolff, William; Zimmermann, Emil

Folder 0: Inventory; 1966 

Folder 1: Two bound handwritten manuscripts, originally owned by Max Arnhold: a diary starting in 1830, and “Glaubensbekenntnis” prepared for a Jewish confirmation. Also included are published materials about the Arnhold bank in Dresden; undated, 1830 

Folder 2: Eulogies and other clippings pertaining to members of the Arnhold Family; undated, 1906-1925 

Folder 3: Newspaper clippings regarding the death of Georg Arnhold (1859-1926); 1926 

Folder 4: Materials about foundations and endowments, such as the bank’s retirement plan : ’Gebrüder Arnholdscher Pensionsverein’ and others; 1924-1926 

Folder 5: Essays - clippings and publications - primarily about the art collector Eduard Arnhold and his foundation, Deutsche Akademie Rom Villa Massimo; undated, 1967-1985 

Folder 6: Clippings about Deutsche Akademie Rom Villa Massimo; 1968-1987 

Folder 7: Clippings and notes, illuminating family trees of the Arnhold, Gutmann, Bayer, and other connected families; undated, 1915-1934 

Folder 8: Notes, photographs, postcards, correspondence, family trees and other materials mostly pertaining to Georg Arnhold and the Arnhold family in the U.S. Specially noteworthy is ‘Flucht-Bericht von Kurt Arnhold’, a mostly handwritten account on the stationary of the Park-Hotel in Amsterdam about Kurt Arnhold’s escape from Germany, circa 1938; undated, circa 1923-1986 

Folder 9: Notes about tombstones in Dessau; undated 

Folder 10: Clippings and notes, illuminating family trees of the Arnhold, Arons, Bayer and Gutmann families; undated, circa 1914-1934 

Folder 11: Clippings and notes, illuminating family trees of the Arnhold, Gutmann, Bayer, and Koppel, families; undated, 1923-33 

Folder 12: Materials about the Lewenz family. Also included is the doctoral thesis by Hans Lewenz: ’Die Finanzierung und die Preisbildung der Trusts’, Berlin, 1903; undated, 1903-1904 

Folder 13: Various documents and clippings about Adolf Arnhold, Eugen Gutmann, and others, as well as notes from Dessau, Anhalt, and Dresden; undated, circa 1921-1935 

Folder 14: Correspondence as well as poetry and fiction by Walther Gelpke, a stepson of Max Arnhold; circa 1927-1953 

Folder 15: Clippings and notes, illuminating family trees of the Arnhold, Gutmann and Bayer families; undated, 1921-1935 

Folder 16: Various materials pertaining to the bank ‘Bankhaus Gebrueder Arnhold’ in Dresden and its owners. Noteworthy are a letter by Heinrich Arnhold to Prinz August Wilhelm in response to Wilhelm’s joining the Nazi-Party, May 15, 1930, and a letter by Kurt Arnhold in response to the decree, prohibiting Jews to enter public pools, July 24, 1935; undated, 1926-1965 


  • 1830-1987
  • Majority of material found in 1920s-1930s

Language of Materials

This collection is in German.

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

‘Bankhaus Gebrueder Arnhold’, originally from Dessau, was one of the most influential German banking firms before WW II, first under the leadership of Georg Arnhold (1859-1926), who moved the bank to Dresden, and then under his sons, Adolf, Hans, Heinrich, and Kurt Arnhold, who expanded to Berlin.


0.5 Linear Feet


This collection consists primarily of clippings and other published materials, amassed to illustrate the family trees of the Arnholds and related families, thus providing a picture of their activities as bankers, collectors, and public benefactors. Emphasis is given to the bank’s retirement plan, ’Gebrüder Arnholdscher Pensionsverein’ and to the art collector Eduard Arnhold and his foundation, Deutsche Akademie Rom Villa Massimo. Of special interest is a handwritten account about Kurt Arnhold’s escape from Germany to Holland in circa 1938.

Related Material

The history of the Arnhold banking firm is available in the LBI memoir collection, ME 16.

Processing Information

During microfilming and consequent digitization the original order of the collection has been disrupted.

Inventory of the Arnhold Family Collection, 1830-1987 AR 2920
© 2009
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Script of description
Language of description note
The inventory is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States