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Hermann L. Berlak Collection

Identifier: AR 3517

Scope and Content Note

Copies of official documents pertaining to Berlak’s removal from official positions by the Nazis (1938-1939) and to British naturalization (1947). Also included are certificates for Sophie (mother) and Milli (sister?) Berlak regarding their support of the German war effort during World War I (1916).

Published writings by Berlak primarily about retail business, banking and other topics of economic interest; 1921-1932.

Correspondence (circa 50 pages) pertaining to Kartell-Convent; 1945-1950.

Report by Hermann Berlak about his internment in the English camp of Onchan on the Isle of Man from July to October 1940 (?), London, typescript, 10 pages.


  • 1916-1950


Language of Materials

This collection is in German and English.

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 Posen in 1896. Married to Ruth Auguste; he was a son-in-law of Rabbi Leo Baeck. Trustee Syndikus of the Reichsverband des Kreditgebenden Einzelhandels. Emigrated to England, interned in Onchan internment camp in 1940. Became British citizen in 1947. Active member of and held leadership positions in the Kartell-Convent, a German-Jewish fraternity ("German students of Jewish faith").


4 Folders


The collection consists of copies of official documents; publications; correspondence with Kartell-Convent fraternity brothers; and a report about Berlak’s internment as an enemy alien in the English camp of Onchan on the Isle of Man.

Other Finding Aid

Also available are original German language index cards .

Related Material

More materials by and about Hermann Berlak and the Berlak family are held in the Leo Baeck Family Collection, AR 25449, Series II.

The LBI Library holds books by Hermann Berlak, authored 1921-1928.

Processing Information

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

Inventory of the Hermann L. Berlak Collection, 1916-1950 AR 3517
© 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