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Bernhard Family Collection

Identifier: AR 25712

Scope and Content Note

The Bernhard Family Collection contains family papers, photographs, and correspondence via postcard. The family papers contain verses written by Max Bernhard, birth and marriage certificates, and Heinz Bernhard's passport and 1938 planner. Heinz also went by Henry when he immigrated to the United States from Germany.

The bulk of the collection is comprised of handwritten postcards which predominantly span the 1870s to the 1890s. These postcards originate from over ten different countries, mostly from continental Europe but also from the United States, Argentina, India, and Great Britain. These postcards are addressed to members of the Bernhard family as well as acquaintances.

The collection also contains a number of family photographs, most of which depict Max Bernhard (1836-1927), his son Paul (1874-1941) and his wife Lilly, and their children Heinz and Hilde. These photographs include mostly portraits with some group photographs, including Hilde's wedding and Max's ninetieth birthday party.


  • 1870-1970
  • Majority of material found within 1877-1890


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


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The Bernhard Family Collection primarily descends from the Bernhard/Landstadt families of Tangermünde, Germany. One prominent member of the family was the shopkeeper Heinz Bernhard, born in 1908. Another was Max Bernhard, his grandfather, whose book of verses is included in this collection.


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The Bernhard Family collection contains a small amount of family papers, government documents, photographs, genealogical information, and postcards. These documents include birth and marriage certificates and a passport from 1938. The postcards make up the majority of the collection and date from 1877-1890.

Processing Information

The Bernhard Family Collection is arranged into two series, Series I: Family Papers and Photographs, and Series II: Correspondence. Both are arranged in chronological order.

Guide to the Papers of the Bernhard Family 1877-1970 AR 25712
Processed by Samantha Lanevi
© 2017
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Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from BernhardFamily.xml

Revision Statements

  • August 14, 2017 : Dao links added to Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States