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Leo Gompertz Collection

Identifier: AR 1990

Scope and Content Note

The bulk of this collection consists primarily of correspondence with former members of Haus Berta, which Leo Gompertz initiated in 1963 in order to compile an article about the institution for the Leo Baeck Institute. (The completed article can be found online.) He published short notices, which are included in the collection in Series I, in several German, Israeli and American newspapers asking former members of Haus Berta to contact him. The letters he received, sent from émigrés in South Africa, Germany and Israel, contain information about Haus Berta and the fate of its former members. These letters comprise Series II. Leo Gompertz was also in touch with Kurt Neuwald of the Jüdische Kultusgemeinde in Gelsenkirchen. Series I additionally contains several clippings about Haus Berta, photographs and a few documents. There are also copies of clippings about an exhibition about Haus Berta in 1998.

A few personal items related to Leo Gompertz will be found in Series I, such as a membership card for the Jüdischer Kulturbund Rhein-Ruhr, a military certificate, and materials related to the wedding of his parents.


  • 1896-1998
  • Majority of material found within 1963-1967


Language of Materials

The collection is in German and English.

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 and Historical Note

Leo Gompertz was born in Krefeld on January 15, 1887, the son of Albert Gompertz and Sophie Rubens. He lived in Gelsenkirchen, where he owned a fur store. He was also a philanthropist, Jewish community leader, and director of Haus Berta, a vacation camp and youth training and recreation center sponsored by the Reichsbund jüdischer Frontsoldaten in Schermbeck, Germany. Gompertz emigrated to the United States via the Netherlands in 1939. In New York City he reestablished himself in the fur industry with the firm L.F. Gompertz Manufacturing Furriers. Leo Gompertz died in New York City on February 26, 1968.


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The Leo Gompertz Collection primarily documents Leo Gompertz's search for information on Haus Berta, a recreation and training institution for Jewish youth during the late 1930s. The collection also includes a number of photographs of Haus Berta, its staff and residents, as well as some other documents on it and a few personal papers of Leo Gompertz.


The collection is arranged in two series:

Related Material

Leo Gompertz's manuscript on Haus Berta, to which the letters in Series II relate, is in the LBI Memoir Collection: ME 766 (available online).

A manuscript by Charles Wolff on Haus Berta is also available: ME 767 (available online).

Separated Material

Several photographs and a photo album have been removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.

Guide to the Papers of Leo Gompertz 1896-1998 AR 1990
Processed by LBI Staff and Dianne Ritchey
© 2013
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Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from LeoGompertz.xml

Revision Statements

  • April 08, 2015 : 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