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Papers of Berthold Jeiteles

Identifier: RG 717

Scope and Content Note

This collection includes materials collected by Dr. Jeiteles during his time in Theresienstadt, including correspondence, a newsletter from Theresienstadt, documents regarding restitution from the Czech government following the war, and ephemera such as meal tickets issued in Theresienstadt. There is also a scrapbook, with explanations of the materials in English, assembled by Jeiteles’ descendents.


  • 1942-1946

Language of Materials

The collection is in German, Hebrew, and Czech. A scrapbook contains captions in English.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public. Permission to publish part or parts of the collection must be obtained in writing from the YIVO Archives.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:

YIVO Archives, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011


Biographical / Historical

Dr. Berthold Jeiteles (1872-1958), also known as Yiśakhar Ber Yaiteles, was born in Prague to a prominent local family, which included many generations of scholars and community leaders, as well as scientists. He studied chemistry, and worked as the owner of a glove factory. After the German occupation of Prague in 1939, he was deported to Theresienstadt, and from there to Auschwitz. In Auschwitz he was returned to Theresienstadt because too many people were sent that day. However, his name remained on the list of those who had been killed, so he was never sent to Auschwitz again. He remained in Theresienstadt, where he survived until the liberation. After the war he moved to New York, where he wrote dozens of books on the Talmud and other religious subjects.


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This collection contains materials collected by Berthold Jeiteles (1872-1958) in Theresienstadt. Jeiteles, a member of a prominent family in Prague, was deported to Theresienstadt in 1939 and survived the war due to a clerical error. After the war he moved to New York and became a Talmudic scholar.

Acquisition Information

These records were given to YIVO by Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Achtentuch in 1975.

Related Material

The papers of Anna Flora Rosenbaum, who was a Jeiteles on her mother’s side, can be found at the Leo Baeck Institute.

Guide to the Papers of Berthold Jeiteles (1872-1958) 1942-1946 RG 717
Processed by YIVO staff. Additional Processing by Sarah Ponichtera
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Description is in English.
Made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany.

Repository Details

Part of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States