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Siegfried and Ruth Kummer Bodenheimer Family Collection

Identifier: AR 25624

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains the personal documents of the Bodenheimer and Kummer families, mostly relating to Siegfried and Ruth Bodenheimer, dating from the late 1800s to 2014. The collection is made up of photographs, postcards, school and military documents, restitution applications, naturalization certificates, passports, and other vital documents.

Names found in this collection include Bodenheimer, Kummer, Stern, Berger, Mauskopf, Guttman, Leichtman, Boden, and Gould.


  • 1878-2014
  • Majority of material found within 1928-1996


Language of Materials

The collection is in English, German, Hungarian, and Hebrew.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Access Information

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

Biographical Note

Siegfried Bodenheimer was born on May 27, 1921 in Mannheim, Germany to Isidor and Yette Stern Bodenheimer. He attended the Oberrealschule in Wiesloch until 1934, when he was sent to the United States at age 13 with the Jewish Foundling Society on the S.S. New York. He first lived in Illinois and then moved to New York, where he was placed with the Leichtman family for four years. In 1940, he graduated from Stuyvesant High School. He attended one year at City College in New York, then joined the Army Air Forces in 1943. He was an air operations specialist and later a counterintelligence officer during World War II, serving in the European Theater of Operations for eleven months. Bodenheimer was honorably discharged in 1946. After the war, Bodenheimer worked as a greeting-card plant manager.

Ruth Kummer was born January 25, 1922 in New York to Hungarian parents, Sam and Rose Berger Kummer. She attended Washington Irving High School and graduated in 1939. In 1941, she graduated a two year program in Costume Design at the Pratt Institute. On October 6, 1946, Kummer married Siegfried Bodenheimer. They had two children, Carol and Mark. Ruth passed away in 2012 and Siegfried died on December 19, 2013.


1.25 Linear Feet (in one record carton, one manuscript box, and two oversized folders)


This collection contains the personal documents of Siegfried and Ruth Kummer Bodenheimer, dating mostly from before the couple was married in 1946. It holds vital documents, family photographs, postcards, secondary school documents, and materials related to Siegfried’s service in the United States Army during World War II.


The collection is arranged by family name.

Separated Material

Upon accessioning, a Shabbos lamp, two menorahs, shofar, honorary plaques for Siegfried and Ruth Bodenheimer, and a knife with "Karlsbad" engraved on it were separated to the LBI Arts and Objects Collection.

A flash drive with additional family images and captions was separated to the LBI A/V collection.

Published books, Von juedischen Braeuchen... by S. Mueller and an album Olympia 1932 were separated to the LBI Library.

An embroidered cotton challa cover was separated to the LBI Arts and Objects Collection.

Processing Information

In 2015, the collection was rehoused and refoldered. Photograph albums were unbound and interleaved with acid-free paper.

Guide to the Siegfried and Ruth Kummer Bodenheimer Family Collection 1878-2014 (bulk 1928-1996) AR 25624
Processed by Nicole Greenhouse
© 2015
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
as part of the Leon Levy Archival Processing Initiative, made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation.

Revision Statements

  • March 2016:: 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