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Lilli Liegner Collection

Identifier: AR 1228

Scope and Content Note

The Lilli Liegner Collection focuses on the work of the Jüdischer Frauenbund in Breslau but also holds some material on the history of the related Liegner and Rawicz families as well as a few personal papers of Lilli Liegner. Papers relating to the family include personal papers and correspondence of family members and genealogical research while material on the Jüdischer Frauenbund of Breslau consists of reports articles, various organizational documentation, correspondence, and newspaper clippings.

Series I contains the papers of family members, including the Rawicz and Liegner family, as well as of Lilli Liegner. Family papers include various official documents of Ferdinand Liegner, a family tree of the Rawicz family, and a friendship album of Charlotte Galowski (née Rawicz). A few papers of Lilli Liegner, including some personal correspondence and a genealogical note, are part of this series.

The second series focuses on the work of the Breslau branch of the Jüdischer Frauenbund. Its papers focus on the administration and work of the organization, consisting of reports and articles, statutes, and newspaper clippings. One folder pertains entirely to material on the establishment, administration and running of the Beate Gutmann-Heim, including the Paula Ollendorff-Haushaltungsschule. Some newspaper clippings on influential members of the Breslau Jewish Community are included in this series.


  • 1841-1888;1921-1977
  • Majority of material found within 1930-1938


Language of Materials

The collection is primarily in German with a small amount of English.

Access Restrictions

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 "Reserve" 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


Biographical Note

Lilli Buchheimer was born in Großsachsen on September 12, 1894 and married the physician Benno Liegner, with whom she had a daughter and a son. Lilli Liegner became a social worker and feminist and was a member of the administration of the Jüdischer Frauenbund (Jewish Women's Association) in Breslau (now Wrocław, Poland). She was involved in the establishment of the Beate Guttmann-Heim (Beate Guttmann Home) in Breslau and its associated Paula Ollendorff-Haushaltungsschule (Paula Ollendorff Housekeeping School), which was also based in the home to provide practical training of young women in domestic work. Lilli Liegner immigrated to the United States at the end of December 1936 with her husband and settled in New Jersey. She died in New Jersey in August 1980.


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The Lilli Liegner Collection centers on the work of this social worker and her role within the Jüdischer Frauenbund in Breslau. A smaller amount of material relates to the history and individual members of the Liegner and Rawicz families. Included in this collection are reports, correspondence, organizational papers and newspaper clippings on the Jüdischer Frauenbund of Breslau. In addition, the collection contains personal and official papers of family members along with a family tree and personal correspondence.

Other Finding Aid

An earlier 6-page item-level inventory lists most items in the collection.

Digitization Note

The collection was digitized and made accessible in its entirety.

Related Material

The LBI Archives include the Paula Ollendorff Collection, which contains further material on her work in the Jewish Community of Breslau (AR 3060).

The LBI Library contains the book Gedenkbuch: Juedischer Frauenbund, Ortsgruppe Breslau (HQ 1172 J86 G4).

Separated Material

Several items of family members were removed from the archival collection to the LBI Arts and Objects Collection. They include hanging Sabbath lamps, Sabbath candles, a spice box and Kiddush cups.

A photo album containing photographs of the Beate Guttmann-Heim was removed to the LBI Photograph Collection, ALB 142, and is available online.

A copy of the book Gedenkbuch: Juedischer Frauenbund, Ortsgruppe Breslau was removed from the collection to the LBI Library.

Processing Information

The collection was slightly rearranged during reprocessing of the collection in November 2013. The former Series III-VII (each one folder) were gathered together to form the present Series II: Jüdischer Frauenbund, Breslau. Most materials from the previous Series II: Kultusgeräte were previously removed to the LBI Arts and Objects Collection; the remaining friendship album and reproduction of an image of Leo Baeck were incorporated into the present Series I: Personal and Family. The previous Series I was further subdivided into multiple folders.

Guide to the Papers of Lilli Liegner (1894-1980) 1841-1888, 1936-1977 AR 1228
Processed by Dianne Ritchey and LBI Staff
© 2013
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Digitization made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
Edition statement
This version was derived from LilliLiegner.xml

Revision Statements

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

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States