Hermann L. Berlak Collection
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.
- Berlak, Hermann (Person)
Language of Materials
This collection is in German and English.
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
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").
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 .
During microfilming and consequent digitization the original order of the collection has been disrupted.
- Archival materials
- Berlak, Hermann
- Great Britain -- Emigration and immigration
- Jewish refugees
- Jews -- Persecutions -- Germany
- Kartell-Convent der Verbindungen Deutscher Studenten Jüdischen Glaubens
- Noncitizens -- Great Britain
- Onchan (Isle of Man)
- Onchan (internment camp)
- Retail trade -- Germany
- 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.
Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository
15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States