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Igersheimer Family Collection

Identifier: AR 25466

Scope and Content Note

This collection documents the members of Igersheimer (Iggers) family of Frankfurt, Hamburg, and later Richmond, Virginia, as well as their ancestors and contemporary relatives.

It includes correspondence (photocopies) between Alfred Igersheimer and his Swiss friend Adolf Mayer-Sommer from 1930, the time when Mayer-Sommer left Germany and returned to Switzerland, until 1974 when Alfred Igersheimer died. Other documents about the Igersheimer family include references regarding Alfred Igersheimer’s job performance, various birth, vaccination, and marriage certificates, educational materials, and a small amount of correspondence.

The Levy family folder contains a small amount of Red Cross correspondence with Siegfried and Martha Levy. Items related to Lena Mela include a school report book from 1884 to 1887 from a Jewish girls school in Frankfurt, an autograph album, and a birthday calendar. The poems were composed by Ernst Levy for Lizzie and Alfred Igersheimer’s wedding in 1925. The Various folder contains a six-page history of the German-Jewish firm Beer Sondheimer from its foundation in 1870 until its dissolution in 1933, and a 1923 municipal bond from Frankfurt.


  • 1880-1974, 1994


Language of Materials

This collection is in German and English.

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

Historian Georg G. Iggers (1926- ) was born Georg Igersheimer to metal dealer Alfred (1894-1974) and Lizzie Igersheimer née Minden. Georg, his parents, and his sister Lina (born 1930) left Germany in October 1938 and settled in Richmond, Virginia. The family's name was changed to Iggers when they arrived in the United States in 1938 by the people who had written the family an affidavit in support of immigration.

Alfred Igersheimer's paternal grandmother was Lena née Mela. His sister and brother-in-law were Siegfried and Martha Levy née Igersheimer. They had one son, Ernst. The Levy family emigrated to the Netherlands, where Siegfried and Martha were interned by the Nazis in 1940 in the Gouda concentration camp. In July 1944 they were released from Bergen-Belsen and emigrated to Palestine as part of a prisoner exchange and survived. Ernst Levy died in Auschwitz.

Adolf Mayer-Sommer and Alfred Igersheimer were apprentices at the Beer Sondheimer metal firm in Frankfurt from 1912 until the outbreak of the war in 1914 and remained life-long friends. Both worked in Hamburg in the 1920s. Mayer-Sommer was a Swiss citizen, and he returned to Switzerland after the Nazi election gains in 1930.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box) and one oversize folder (OS 141)


This collection documents the members of Igersheimer (Iggers) family of Frankfurt, Hamburg, and later Richmond, Virginia, as well as their ancestors and contemporary relatives.

Digitization Note

The collection was digitized and made accessible in its entirety.

Related Material

The LBI Library holds scholarly and autobiographical works by Georg G. Iggers.

Processing Information

Materials were refoldered.

Guide to the Igersheimer Family Collection 1880-1974, 1994 AR 25466
Processed by Kevin Schlottmann
© 2013
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Processing made possible by the Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives Grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources through The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support "Illuminating Hidden Collections at the Center for Jewish History." Digitization 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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