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Kurt Singer Collection

Identifier: AR 3100


The collection holds materials pertaining to the physician and musician Kurt Singer, including some of his musical writings; reviews of his books; correspondence, including letters from Max Friedlaender, Wilhelm Furtwaengler, and Siegfried Ochs, and others. Also included are papers of Kurt Singer’s father, the Hungarian-born Moritz Singer, who served as rabbi in Koblenz, including letters from Helmuth von Moltke and Duke Friedrich I of Baden; and documents from his studies at the universities of Berlin and Jena, including a thesis, as well as academic reports signed by Moritz Lazarus, Heymann Steinthal, and Theodor Mommsen.


  • 1855-1953

Language of Materials

This collection is in German with some Hungarian, Latin and Hebrew.

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

Born in Berent (now Koscierzyna, Poland) on October 11, 1885, Kurt Singer was a physician, conductor and musicologist, as well as music critic for the socialist newspaper Vorwaerts. From 1935 to 1938, he served as director of the Juedischer Kulturbund. He emigrated to Holland in 1939, and was deported to Theresienstadt in 1942. He died there in 1944.


0.25 Linear Feet

Other Finding Aid

The original 7-page inventory by Ilse Turnheim from May 1967, listing all items individually, is also available online.

Related Material

The Kurt Singer Autographs Collection, AR 2947 contains correspondence from Kurt Singer to John Schikowski and Max Kowalski.

Processing Information

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

Inventory of the Kurt Singer Collection, 1855-1953 AR 3100
© 2009
Language of description
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