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Howard and Jenny Hall Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR 25249 / MF 907

Scope and Content Note

The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence between Howard and Jenny Hall, exchanged between 1943 and 1944. There is also correspondence documenting their efforts to bring their family members from Germany to the United States between 1939 and 1941. In addition, the collection contains the transcript and the translation of an interview, Howard Hall gave in Germany in 1996.

Dates

  • 1922-1997

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Collection is microfilmed (MF 907).

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.

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

email: lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org

Biographical Note

Howard Hall was born as Helmuth Halberstadt in Hamburg in 1911 to Felix Halberstadt and Rosie von der Walde. His mother was originally from New Zeeland. She died in 1935, while his father was deported to Riga in 1941, where he perished.

Jenny Hall née Heckscher was born on August 30th 1910 in Hamburg to Samson and Gertrud Heckscher. From 1927 to 1939 she worked at the Welfare Department of the Jewish Congregation in Hamburg.

Howard Hall and Jenny Heckscher got married in Dec. 1937, and in March 1939 they immigrated to the United States via London on the SS Manhattan. In America, where they changed their names to Howard and Jenny Hall, they moved into a flat in Brooklyn together with his cousin Paul Levy and his wife. In 1943, Howard enlisted with the American army to go to Europe, but rheumatic fever forced him into a hospital for 3 months instead. He opened his own business in 1948. Jenny Hall died in 1994. Howard Hall died in 2003.

Extent

1 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence between Howard and Jenny Hall, exchanged between 1943 and 1944. There is also correspondence documenting their efforts to bring their family members from Germany to the United States between 1939 and 1941. In addition, the collection contains the transcript and the translation of an interview, Howard Hall gave in Germany in 1996.

Microfilm

Collection is available on 3 reels of microfilm (MF 907).
  1. Reel 1: 1/1-1/8
  2. Reel 2: 1/9-1/14
  3. Reel 3: 1/15-Interview

Related Material

Related to this collection is a Bible owned by Howard Hall's father, Die fünf Bücher Moses: mit deutscher Übersetzung. This book is in the LBI Library under call number r 953.
Title
Guide to the Howard and Jenny Hall Collection AR 25249 / MF 907
Status
In Progress
Author
Processed by LBI Staff
Date
© 2010
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • December 03, 2012 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.
  • October 16, 2017:: Related Material added to finding aid.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository