Guide to the Papers of Berthold Jeiteles (1872-1958)

RG 717

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Sarah Ponichtera in October 2014. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Berthold Jeiteles
Title: Papers of Berthold Jeiteles
Abstract: 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.
Languages: The collection is in German, Hebrew, and Czech. A scrapbook contains captions in English.
Quantity: 0.2 linear feet
Identification: RG 717
Repository: YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
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Historical Note

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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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.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

Permission to use the collection must be obtained from the YIVO Archivist.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish part or parts of the collection must be obtained from the YIVO Archives. For more information, contact:
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

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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.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Item, date; Papers of Berthold Jeiteles; RG 717; Box 1; folder number; YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

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Acquisition Information

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

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Access Points

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Container List


Jeiteles Papers, 1942-1946

1 box, 2 folders
1 1 Theresienstadt materials 1942-1946

Correspondence; meal tickets, room assignments, and other official communications from Theresienstadt offices, notices issued in Theresienstadt, lists of those who were born and died, repatriation and restitution papers from the Czech government, Jeiteles family tree

1 2 Scrapbook of Theresienstadt documents 1942-1946

Key documents similar to those in folder 1, with accompanying English text. Includes photos, passports, deportation order, burial notice for relatives, materials relating to his work in the burial society and participation in religious life, ghetto currency, notices of court proceedings and medical examinations.

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