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Lewald, Löwenstein, Nachmann and Rothschild Family Collection

Identifier: AR 25612

Scope and Content Note

The Lewald, Löwenstein, Nachmann and Rothschild Family Collection documents the genealogy of these four related families and includes mostly official documents such as passports, birth, marriage and death certificates, as well as personal papers such as family registers and memorial books. With the help of the papers one can trace back the genealogy of some family members to the 19th century, thus including papers of family members which are not mentioned in the biographical note (mostly information about family relationships, the date of birth, etc.). Nonetheless, the collection places emphasis on the period before and during World War II.

The papers are arranged in five folders and one oversized folder. The folders shed light on basic information about the members of the various families (name, date of birth, date of death, family relations). One can find information about the Rothschild family in folders 4 and 5, about the Löwenstein family in folder 3 and the oversized folder, about the Lewald family in folders 1, 2 and 4 as well as in the oversized folder and about the Nachmann family in folders 2 and 3.

A secondary theme encountered in the collection is the death of family members during World War II and the migration of other family members to the United States. The papers contain little information on the deportation of Stephan Lewald (Folder 2) and the death of Henry Rothschild (Folder 5), as well as on the immigration of Irma Lewald family (Folder 2) and the Rothschild family (Folder 5).

Another topic of the collection is the book Reflections by Jewish Survivors from Mannheim, edited by Robert B. Kahn, which has been removed to the LBI Library. One can find newspaper clippings regarding this book in folder 1. In addition to that, the folder contains a clipping about the Jewish graveyard in Laupheim, Germany and genealogical notes about the Lewald family.

The photographs folder contains an image of the grave sit of Betty Rothschild's mother Netty Eichtersheimer and a portrait of a woman whom one cannot clearly identify.


  • 1905–1990
  • Majority of material found within 1920-1946

Language of Materials

The collection is in English, German, and French.

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

The Lewald, Löwenstein, Nachmann and Rothschild families were four related families who lived in Germany before the Nazis came into power. Henry Rothschild was born on October 6th 1897 in Nordstetten (Horb am Neckar, Germany), and his future wife Betty Eichtersheimer was born on September 7th 1903 in Mannheim (Germany). They married in Mannheim on the 31st of August 1922. One year later, Betty gave birth to their first child Alfred on the 3rd of June 1923; their second son Kurt Michael was born on the 8th of August 1924 and their daughter Netty in 1929. The family hid at least temporarily in France during the late 1930s and in 1940/1941. Henry Rothschild died in 1941; he was buried in France. In October 1941 the family immigrated to the United States.

In the United States, Netty Rothschild married Jack Lowenstein, formerly Gert Jakob Löwenstein, who was born on March 19, 1927 in Frankfurt am Main as the son of Louis Löwenstein (born November 5, 1882) and Elsa Betty Löwenstein née Ziegelstein (born June 22, 1883). Gert Jakob Löwenstein had two siblings: Kurt Emil Moritz Löwenstein (born March 12, 1920) and Susi Hilde Löwenstein (born June 19, 1912). She married Berthold Nachmann (born September 11, 1905). According to their identity cards, they stayed in France in 1935 and 1936.

Berthold Nachmann's sister, Irma Nachmann (born December 21, 1905), married Stefan Lewald (born February 18, 1901) in 1933 in Fürth. The couple presumably hid during World War II in Paris. Stefan Lewald was deported in 1943/1944 and was missing after World War II. Irma Lewald immigrated to the United States circa 1946.


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The Lewald, Löwenstein, Nachmann and Rothschild family papers contain first and foremost documents related to the genealogy of these families.


The collection is arranged in a single series.

Related Material

The Eichtersheimer Family Collection 1944-1945 (AR 5370) contains information about the ancestors of Betty Rothschild.

Separated Material

The book Reflections by Jewish survivors from Mannheim; a collection of memoirs by Jewish survivors of Nazi persecution from Mannheim, Germany (1990), edited by Robert B. Kahn has been separated from the collection and can be found in the library of the Leo Baeck Institute (call number: DS 135 G4 M36 K34).

Processing Information

The unprocessed collection was formerly composed of loosely ordered folders containing documents about the Lewald, Löwenstein, Nachmann and Rothschild family. In September 2015, these folders were rearranged into 5 folders and one oversized folder, taking under consideration the genealogy of the families represented in the collection.

Guide to the Papers of the Lewald, Löwenstein, Nachmann and Rothschild Family 1905–1990 AR 25612
Processed by Simon Sax
© 2015
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Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from Lewald_Löwenstein_Nachmann_and_Rothschild_Family.xml

Revision Statements

  • February 2016:: dao links added by Emily Andresini.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States