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Goldschmidt Family Collection

Identifier: AR 25452

Scope and Content Note

This collection holds an assortment of papers of various Goldschmidt family members, including those relating to marriages, deaths, education, business and legal matters. Most documents are written in Kurrentschrift.

Many of the papers in this collection pertain to family members' legal actions, including those related to property or to business activities. The majority of these derive from Simon Samuel Goldschmidt and his son Sally Goldschmidt. Some of Sally Goldschmidt's legal items also refer to his death and the inheritance of his property following his death. Richard and Heinz Goldschmidt's papers focus on other matters, such as Richard Goldschmidt's military service and Heinz Goldschmidt's professional activities. Heinz Goldschmidt's papers contain documentation on his schooling as well as letters from employers, among them letters of recommendation.

A few folders hold biographical details of family members. These include the first folder of the collection with its eulogies for Emma Goldschmidt, her son Richard and his wife Else. Another folder holds a few unidentified photographs of family members and a third letters from Louis Goldsmith of Washington, D.C., an American relation. His letters, many of which are to Sally Goldschmidt, seem to primarily convey news of his own activities and comment on news of his Goldschmidt family members.


  • 1835-1938
  • Majority of material found within 1850-1906


Language of Materials

The collection is in German.

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

Simon Samuel Goldschmidt settled in Kirchweyhe, in northern Germany. He and his wife Rosette had many children, one of them Sally Goldschmidt, born in 1836 in Kirchweyhe. Sally went on to became a businessman and married Emma Strauss of Leese, Germany. They had three children: Martha, Richard and Max. Sally Goldschmidt died in 1903, his wife Emma in 1930.

Richard Goldschmidt, also in business, married Else Goldschmidt of Kirchweyhe, the daughter of Ivan and Bertha Goldschmidt, in 1905. They had one son, Heinz, born in 1906. Heinz became involved in textile sales in Bremen and in 1938 married Gertrud Meyer. Richard died in 1931, his wife Else in 1933.


0.5 Linear Feet


This collection contains papers of several members of the Goldschmidt family of Bremen and Kirchweyhe, including Simon Samuel Goldschmidt, his son Sally, grandson Richard and great-grandson Heinz. Papers include both business, legal and real estate records as well as more personal items, such as marriage certificates, documents on wills and inheritances, a few photographs and some letters. Identification papers and various certificates, such as those relating to education, health, military service and professional activities will also be found here.


The collection is arranged in one series, arranged alphabetically..

Guide to the Papers of the Goldschmidt Family 1835-1938 AR 25452
Processed by Dianne Ritchey and Arthur Rath
© 2013
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Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from GoldschmidtFamily.xml

Revision Statements

  • September 22, 2014 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States