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Gabriel Riesser Collection

Identifier: AR 2027

Scope and Content Note

Original, handwritten letters from Gabriel Riesser and their transcripts include two letters to Friedrich Wilhelm Carové (1841 and 1852), one letter to August Fleischl (undated), and one letter about peace negotiations with Denmark (1849). Also included is the protest of a bill (photocopy) on behalf of the merchant Elias Warburg (1845).

The collection holds a typescript by Guenther Grosse, ‘Zwei neuere Veroeffentlichungen ueber Gabriel Riesser (1806-1863) : ... Deutscher – Jude – Freimaurer‘, Vevey, 1963, 5 pages, as well as various correspondence.

The Gabriel Riesser collection also holds an album bound in red velvet, containing handwritten dedications to Riesser from politicians, literary and religious personalities, and artists. They include:

Alsberg, L. ; Bamberger, Theodor ; Bechhold, Jakob H. ; Beer, Leopold ; Behr, Ottmar v. ; Carriere, Moriz ; Comuna, Benno ; Creizenach, Julius ; Creizenach, Theodor ; Crémieux, A. ; Dondorf, B. ; Ellissen, Abraham ; Ellissen, Eduard Leopold ; Emden, Dr. med. Jacob ; Formstecher, Salomon ; Getz, Moritz L. ; Goldschmid, A. ; Goldschmid, Isaac ; Goldschmidt, B. H. ; Hamburg, Julius ; Hecht, Henry ; Hertz, M. ; Hess, M. ; Hochstaedter ; Johlson, J. ; Jost, J. M. ; Kaula, J. ; Langenbach, Sigmund ; Leers ; Loewenthal, Moritz ; Loewi, Rabbiner ; Maas, Jonas ; Manhayn ; Mayer, J. ; Neukirch ; Odrell, Leopold ; Oppenheim, Isaac Marc ; Oppenheim, S. D. ; Philippi, S. ; Reiss, Michael ; Schlesinger, Ludwig ; Schwarzschild, Dr. med. ; Schwarzschild, Salomon ; Simonmaas, B. ; Stern, Moriz A. ; Strauss, Salomon ; Strauss, Hermann ; Tendlau, Abraham Moses ; Weil, Carl ; Weil, Heinrich ; Weil, J.


  • 1840-1963

Language of Materials

This collection is in German, English and some 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

Politician, 1806-1863; champion of Jewish emancipation in Germany. Born in Hamburg, Riesser studied law at the universities of Kiel and Heidelberg. In 1849/49 he served as vice-president for the Frankfurt National Assembly.


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This collection contains a variety of material regarding Gabriel Riesser, such as personal and professional correspondence in his own hand; a typescript, describing two publications about Riesser; photographs of his portrait; and a 1983 letter to the Leo Baeck Institute, discussing correspondence from Adolphe Cremieux to Gabriel Riesser. Also included is an album with personal messages from friends and colleagues.

Separated Material

A medal for Gabriel Riesser in copper, 6 cm, Germany, 1836, with documentation has been removed to the art and objects collection. It shows an inscription: "Dem Streiter fuer Recht und Freiheit Dr. Gabriel Riesser seine Hamburgischen Glaubensgenossen MDCCCXXXVI".

Inventory of the Gabriel Riesser Collection, 1840-1963 AR 2027
© 2009
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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