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Bertha Pappenheim Collection

Identifier: AR 331

Scope and Content Note

The collection mostly contains documents about Bertha Pappenheim and some original hand writings and letters by her. Many documents are newspaper articles from her Jewish Women's Union (Jüdischer Frauenbund).

The collection mostly describes Bertha Pappenheim's work. She lived for her work that used to protect young women and mothers from society's disregard. The collection points out how hard she had to fight for help. The articles from the Jüdischer Frauenbund discuss various gender topics.

In her prayers and also in her fairy tales, Bertha Pappenheim tried to give hope to the women she was protecting. She never forgot that religious support would be important for them. Her prayer books point that out.

Many of her original documents were destroyed during the Second World War. A few originals are found in the second series, where some photos are included as well: they show Bertha Pappenheim herself, artwork about her, and what seem to be her working rooms in Neu-Isenburg.


  • Creation: 1903-1998

Language of Materials

The collection is in German and English.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

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

Bertha Pappenheim was born in Vienna in 1859 into a well-to-do family. After her father’s death in 1881 Bertha Pappenheim got ill and became a patient of Sigmund Freud, who later referred to her in his writings as Anna O. Politically active as a Jewish woman, Bertha von Pappenheim founded the Jewish Women's Association (Jüdischer Frauenbund) in 1905. She also founded a home for unwanted girls, unmarried mothers and their children in Neu Isenburg in 1907. Bertha Pappenheim fought against international white-slavery of women and founded clubs where young women could get help. She translated Mary Wollstonecraft's "A Vindication of the Rights of Women" into German. She died 1936 in Neu-Isenburg.


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The collection documents the professional work of Bertha Pappenheim. Most materials were written about her after her death. The collection contains only a few originals by Bertha Pappenheim.


The Bertha Pappenheim Collection integrates three collections: AR 54; AR 331; and AR 332. They are kept in the following order:

Related Material

The Leo Baeck library holds many items about Bertha Pappenheim. Related to her collection is also the Melinda Guttmann Collection (AR 25295).

Separated Material

Prayer books and a short story were removed from the collection and given to the LBI Library.

Processing Information

The three collections are now separate series in the Bertha Pappenheim Collection: Series I: AR 54; Series II: AR 331; Series III: AR 332.

Guide to the Bertha Pappenheim (1859-1936) Collection 1903-1998 AR 331
Processed by Marie-Theres Kohn
© 2013
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Description is in English.
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This version was derived from BerthaPappenheim.xml

Revision Statements

  • April 2015:: dao links added by Emily Andresini.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States