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Hugo Stransky Collection

Identifier: AR 7039

Scope and Content Note

This collection reflects the professional activities of Rabbi Hugo Stransky (1905-1983). The bulk of the collection relates to Jewish military chaplaincy and memorials for Jewish veterans. Materials include a photograph of Stransky, clippings and circulars of the Jewish Veterans Association, programs from memorial services held by the Jewish Veterans Association at Congregation Beth Hillel, speeches and sermons given by Stransky, manuscripts about Jewish soldiers and the history of Nuremberg, and a few pieces of correspondence including some from Bernhard Kolb, the business manager of the Jewish community of Nuremberg. Stransky was also involved in the centennial celebration of Jewish military chaplaincy in 1962. Materials related to this celebration include correspondence, programs, a film script, clippings, a directory of chaplains, and an article on Jewish chaplaincy in the May/June 1962 issue of The Military Chaplain. Items in the miscellaneous folder include a program from a memorial service of the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp, a memorial program in Hebrew, and a table of contents from the June 1951 issue of the magazine Commentary. Also included is the original inventory of the collection.


  • 1948-1976


Language of Materials

The collection is in English, German, and Hebrew.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Access Information

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Request" button.

Biographical Note

Born in Prague on May 4, 1905, Hugo Stransky was a rabbi in Nachod and Zilina, Czechoslovakia, until his emigration to Great Britain in 1939. He moved to Australia in 1945, to New Zealand in 1952, and to the United States in 1955. He was an active member of Mizrachi, and he served as rabbi of Beth Hillel, a refugee congregation in New York City's Washington Heights neighborhood. He also served as the chaplain for the Jewish Veterans Association. He emigrated to Israel in 1976, and died in Kfar Saba on March 31, 1983.


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This collection reflects the professional activities of Rabbi Hugo Stransky (1905-1983). The bulk of the collection relates to Jewish military chaplaincy and memorials for Jewish veterans. Materials include correspondence, manuscripts, programs of memorial services held at Congregation Beth Hillel in New York City's Washington Heights, and materials related to the Jewish Veterans Association.


Materials were separated by organization or document type.

Digitization Note

The collection was digitized and made accessible in its entirety.

Related Material

Audio files and written transcripts from oral history interviews with Hugo Stransky from 1971-1975 are held by the LBI Archives. These oral history interviews can be accessed online: Interview with Hugo Stransky.

The LBI Archives also holds the following related collections:

The LBI Serials collection also holds Congregation Beth Hillel’s periodical "Congregation Beth Hillel of Washington Heights, New York."

Further materials related to Jewish military chaplaincy can be found in the collections of the American Jewish Historical Society, particularly in the Records of the National Jewish Welfare Board.

Separated Material

Copies of correspondence and clippings from the Frankenhuis Collection were removed to the M. Frankenhuis Clippings Collection, AR 1030 C. Reproductions of nine lithograph prints “Scenes from Jewish Life” by Bernard Picart (1663-1733) were removed. These items are held by the LBI Art and Objects Collection, and digitized versions of these pieces of artwork can be found in the CJH online catalog by searching for Bernard Picart. A copy of Jüdische Rundschau from April 4, 1933 was removed. This item can be accessed online via Compact Memory: Jüdische Rundschau. Copies of pictures on pages 25 and 36 of Martin Salomonski’s Jüdische Seelsorge an der Westfront were removed. This book is held in the YIVO Library. A copy of the full article “Washington Heights’ ‘Fourth Reich’: The German Emigrés’ New Home” by Ernest Stock from the magazine Commentary was removed. This article can be accessed online via Commentary’s archives: From the American Scene: Washington Heights’ "Fourth Reich."

Processing Information

Duplicates were removed. Materials were placed in acid-free archival folders where necessary. The photograph of Stransky was placed in an archival envelope.

Guide to the Hugo Stransky Collection 1948-circa 1976 AR 7039
Processed by Leanora Lange
© 2013
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Described, encoded, and digitized as part of the CJH Holocaust Resource Initiative, made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany.

Revision Statements

  • April 2015: dao links and digitization information added by Leanora Lange.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

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New York NY 10011 United States