Guide to the Gerda Dittmann Collection
1889-1979

AR 10484

Processed by Yakov Illich Sklar

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Yakov Illich Sklar in 2012. Description is in English.
December 05, 2013  Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Descriptive Summary

Creator:
Title: Gerda Dittmann Collection
Dates:1889-1979
Abstract: The Gerda Dittmann Collection includes personal and business materials pertaining to the Dittmann and Ottensooser families and consists of correspondence, personal, business, and legal documents, clippings, poetry, and notebooks.
Languages: The collection is in German and English with some French.
Quantity: 2.5 linear feet.
Identification: AR 10484
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute
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Biographical Note

Fritz Dittmann was born in 1889. He lost his parents at a very young age and was raised by his relatives, Simon and Sophie Fleischmann in Aufseß, Germany. Simon Fleischmann had a tannery and leather business, which he handed over to Fritz Dittmann in 1910. In 1923 Fritz Dittmann opened a new business in Nürnberg.

In 1925, Fritz Dittmann married Gerda Ottensooser, a banker's daughter. They had two daughters, Sophie and Elsie.

The Dittmann family left Germany in 1934 and first settled in Dijon, France before moving to New York in 1938. In New York, Fritz Dittmann opened a new business, Pantex Clothing Corporation. Fritz Dittmann died in 1974, in New York.

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Scope and Content Note

The Gerda Dittmann Collection includes personal and business materials pertaining to the Dittmann and Ottensooser families and consists of correspondence, personal, business, and legal documents, clippings, poetry, and notebooks.

The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence. There is personal correspondence as well as business correspondence with partners and government authorities, and correspondence with lawyers and German officials regarding restitution and pension.

Business related materials include a large volume of financial documents, such as contracts, inventories, lists, account books, bank statements and transactions, bills, and tax returns.

Personal documents consist of financial, legal, vital, educational, and travel documents. Other personal materials include language exercise books and two books of poetry (most likely authored by Fritz Dittmann).

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Arrangement

The collection is divided into two series:

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

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

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Access Points

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Gerda Dittmann Collection; AR 10484; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

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Series I: Dittmann and Ottensooser Families, 1889-1979

This series is in German and English with some French.
1.5 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Topical and chronological. Materials pertain to Fritz Dittmann unless noted otherwise.

Scope and Content:

Series I: Dittmann and Ottensooser Families includes personal materials related to various members of these two families.

Included in the series are correspondence, financial, legal, vital, educational, and travel documents. Also included here are language exercise books and a few clippings.

There is personal correspondence with friends and family members, including correspondence documenting Fritz Dittmann’s efforts to help people leave Germany in the 1930s and 1940s. Other related correspondence includes Fritz Dittmann’s correspondence with American, German, and English authorities.

Additionally, there are materials documenting Fritz and Gerda Dittmann’s efforts to collect compensation and pension form the German authorities after World War II.

And lastly, there is a number of English and French language exercise books.

BoxFolderTitleDate
11Correspondence1927-1932
  

family and friends

 
12Immigration efforts for friends and family1938-1951
  

Affidavit of Support and other documents

 
13Immigration efforts for friends and family1938-1939
  

correspondence

 
14Immigration efforts for friends and family1940-1942
  

correspondence

 
15Correspondencelate 1930s
  

Fritz and Gerda Dittmann

includes other respondents

 
16Correspondence1945-1951
17Correspondence1954
  

Schwed, Fritz to Dittmann, Fritz

 
18Dittmann and Ottensooser families1889-1979
  

vital, educational, professional, travel documents

 
19Fleischmann, Sophieundated, 1912-1918
  

documents

includes a photograph

 
110Poetry1914-1928
  

[Fritz Dittmann]

 
111Poetry1920s-1930s
  

[Fritz Dittmann]

 
112English language exercise books[1939]
  

Gerda Dittmann

 
113English language exercise books[1939]
114English and French language exercise books[1939]
  

Gerda and Fritz Dittmann

 
115Notebookslate 1930s
BoxFolderTitleDate
21English language exercise books[1939]
22Restitution1943
  

Census of property in foreign countries

 
23Restitution1946-1953
  

correspondence, documents

 
24Restitution1958-1974
  

correspondence, documents

includes some materials pertaining to Gerda Dittmann

 
25Restitution1950-1955
  

correspondence, documents

 
26Clippings1934-1939
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Series II: Business, 1924-1954

This series is in German and English with some French.
1.25 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Chronological

Scope and Content:

Series II: Business consists of materials documenting Fritz Dittmann’s business activities and his involvement with the garment industry. Included here are correspondence, account books, bank statements and transactions, and contracts.

BoxFolderTitleDate
27Financial documents1924-1937
28Account books, correspondence, inventories1925
29Bank statements, correspondence, restitution1931-1957
210Account books, contracts, correspondence1933-1936
211Correspondence1933-1938
212Correspondence1933-1937, 1944
  

taxes

 
213Correspondence1934-1935
BoxFolderTitleDate
31Correspondence and transactions1934-1937
  

N. M. Rothschild & Sons

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
214Correspondence, financial documents1934-1938
BoxFolderTitleDate
32Correspondence, legal documents1934-1950
33Correspondence, financial documents1934-1940, 1950-1954
34Correspondence, account books1935
35Financial documents1935-1938
BoxFolderTitleDate
41Bank statements, transactions1936-1938
42Correspondence1931-1939
  

mostly taxes-related

 
43Correspondence, bills, agreements1940-1941
  

Pantex Clothing Corporation

 
44Correspondence, bills, court documents1940-1943
  

Pantex Clothing Corporation

 
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