Ehrenberg-Rosenzweig Family Collection
Scope and Content Note
A detailed inventory for this collection is available in the container list portion (see below) of this finding aid.
Series I contains material about Samuel Meyer Ehrenberg (1773-1853), including a memorial booklet from 1833 on the occasion of (1) his silver wedding, (2) 25 years of office as a principal of the Samsonschule Wolfenbuettel and (3) his sixtieth birthday.
Series II consists of a variety of Hebrew and Yiddish documents and correspondence related to Samuel Ehrenberg and his extended family.
Series III contains mainly correspondence and poetry relating to the family of Philipp and Julie Ehrenberg. This series concludes with an index on Hebrew and Jewish words in the Ehrenberg family correspondence prepared by Nahum N. Glatzer.
Series IV represents material collected by Philipp and Julie Ehrenberg, comprising among others photocopies of letters by Leopold and Adelheid Zunz and by Heinrich Heine.
Series V consists of material related to Richard Ehrenberg (1857-1921), Philipp's and Julie's third son. The bulk of this series consists of drafts of Richard's planned family history and notes to it. Notable in this series are drafts of Richard’s letters to Franz Rosenzweig on family and philosophical matters, with Franz Rosenzweig’s reply.
Series VI consists of Franz Rosenzweig's correspondence with Eduard Strauss and Hans Epstein. The letters to Eduard Strauss (1876-1952), who was at that time a teacher at the Frankfurt Jewish Lehrhaus, deal with a wide variety of topics. The letters to Hans Epstein (1905-1960) were written during the later years of Franz' life and reflect his progressing paralysis (from handwritten, to typed and, finally, by dictation to his wife). Notable in this series is an undated letter to Strauss about Rosenzweig's decision to call Rudolf Hallo to the Frankfurt Lehrhaus.
- Ehrenberg, S. M. (Person)
Language of Materials
This collection is in German, Yiddish and Hebrew.
Open to researchers.
Collection has been digitized. Please follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.
Collection has been microfilmed (MF 914).
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
Samuel Meyer Ehrenberg (1773-1853)
Samuel Meyer Ehrenberg is the son of Hale Meyer, née Landau and Levi Meyer. In 1808 he became the "Inspector" of the Samsonschule in Wolfenbuettel. He reformed this school according to the model of the Jacobsohnschule in Seesen/Harz (Germany) with a mixture of religious and secular education, guided by the spirit of enlightenment and Reform Judaism. He was married to Henriette (Jette) Maas (1781-1845). His most renowned pupils were perhaps Leopold Zunz and Isaak Marcus Jost. (See also: Samuel Meyer Ehrenberg Collection (AR 4025) and Isaac Marcus Jost Collection (AR 4294).)
Isaac Lewi Rosenzweig (1778-1835)
Isaac Lewi Rosenzweig (also known as Isaac Eisek) probably stems from the the town of Leszlau in Eastern Prussia. In 1811, he received a call to the Jewish School of Kassel, which also was based on educational reform principles. He was married to Guetchen Maas (1788-1865), a sister of Samuel Meyer Ehrenberg's wife Henriette.
Philipp (1811-1883) and Julie Ehrenberg (1827-1922)
Philipp Ehrenberg was the second son of Samuel Meyer Ehrenberg and his wife Henriette (Jette). He succeeded his father as principal of the Samsonschule in Wolfenbuettel. Philipp married Julie Fischel from a renowned rabbinical family from Prague. Their children Viktor (1851-1929), Richard (1857-1921) and Otto (1849-1928) became well-known in German academia. (See also: Julie Fischel Ehrenberg Collection (AR 2811).
Richard Ehrenberg (1857-1921)
Richard Ehrenberg (1857-1921) was an economist at the University of Rostock. He was married to Lene. Richard wrote an Ehrenberg family history (for complete manuscript of his family history see: part 1 (pp. 1-64): Martin G. Goldner Collection (AR 3136); part 2 (pp. 65-231) in LBI Memoir Collection: ME 775.
Franz Rosenzweig (1886-1929)
Franz Rosenzweig, philosopher and theologian, was one of the most important personalities in German Jewish intellectual life after the World War I. He was the son of Georg and Adele Rosenzweig, née Alsberg; the grandson of Louis and Amalie (Malchen) Rosenzweig; and the great-grandson of Isaac Lewi Rosenzweig. (See also: Franz Rosenzweig-Martin Buber Collection (AR 4219), Rosenzweig Family Collection (AR 410), and Franz Rosenzweig Collection (AR 3001).)
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The collection contains correspondence among members of the Ehrenberg and Rosenzweig families, including let-ters from Franz Rosenzweig, Adam Rosenzweig, Philipp and Richard Ehrenberg, as well as with other parties, including Rudolph von Jhering, Betty Mauthner, Claire von Gluemer, Jacob Freudenthal and, in copies only, Leopold and Adelheid Zunz and Heinrich Heine. Also included are engagement contracts, marriage banns, school curricula and certificates, character refer-ences, eulogies, family histories, and other documents concerning family members. This material also reflects much of the history of the Samsonschule in Wolfenbuettel of which members of the Ehrenberg family were principals.
This collection is arranged by topic in six series in the following order:
Other Finding Aid
A detailed finding aid and family tree depicting the relationships between the Ehrenberg and Rosenzweig family members can be found in the Accompanying material: Ehrenberg-Rosenzweig Family Collection, AR 11699.
The collection was donated to the Leo Baeck Institute by Professor Nahum N. Glatzer in 1978. It contains various additions to former donations by Professor Glatzer on the same subject.
Collection is available on 1 reel of microfilm (MF 914).
- Reel 1: 1/1-1/30
Photographs were removed to the Photograph Collection.
The collection is, with only slight changes, catalogued in the same order as arranged by Professor Glatzer and the first archivist processing this collection in 1978, Ilse Turnheim. The folders were all given more concise titles and some were regrouped.
- Assimilation (Sociology)
- Education -- History
- Ehrenberg family
- Ehrenberg, Julie, 1827-1922
- Ehrenberg, Philipp, 1811-1882
- Ehrenberg, Richard, 1857-1921
- Ehrenberg, S. M.
- Family histories
- Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
- Freies Jüdisches Lehrhaus (Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
- Genealogical tables
- Juedische Schule, Kassel
- Official documents
- Philosophy -- History
- Religious history
- Rosenzweig family
- Rosenzweig, Adam, 1826-1908
- Rosenzweig, Adele, 1867-1933
- Rosenzweig, Franz, 1886-1929
- Samsonschule (Wolfenbüttel, Germany)
- Zunz, Leopold, 1794-1886
- Guide to the Ehrenberg-Rosenzweig Family Collection 1772-1930 AR 4584 / MF 914
- Processed by André Junghaenel
- © 2008
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Description is in English.
- Edition statement
- This version was derived from EhrenbergRosenzweigFamily.xml
- February 2010:: Microfilm inventory added.
- October 2010: Links to digital objects added in Container List.
- 2010-10-12 : encoding of linking to digital objects from finding aid was changed from <extref> to <dao> through dao_conv.xsl