Guide to the Adolf Lorch (1883-1971) Papers
1896-2013
(bulk 1934-1941)

P-1010

Processed by Leanora Lange

American Jewish Historical Society

Center for Jewish History

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Leanora Lange in March 2016. Description is in English.
May 2016 dao links added by Eric Fritzler. May 2016 subjects updated by Leanora Lange. June 2016 audio link added by Leanora Lange.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Lorch, Adolf, 1883-1971
Title: Adolf Lorch (1883-1971) Papers
Dates:1896-2013
Dates:bulk 1934-1941
Abstract: This collection consists of materials related to Adolf Lorch’s efforts to support the emigration of family members and others from Germany between 1934 and the early 1950s. The bulk is made up of correspondence and affidavits. Also included are other family papers, business correspondence, a biographical sketch, and a photograph of Lorch.
Languages: The collection is in English and German.
Quantity: 0.75 linear feet (1 manuscript box, 1 half-manuscript box)
Identification: P-1010
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS New York, NY
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Biographical Note
Adolf Lorch (1883-1971)

Adolf Lorch (1883-1971)

Adolf Lorch was born on April 21, 1883 in Dieburg, Germany, a town in southern Hessen. He immigrated to the United States in 1899 at the age of 16, the only one of his siblings to do so at the time. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1906 and went into the textile industry. By the 1930s, he was the President and General Manager of the Textile By-Products Corporation, located in Hudson, New York. He was married to Florence née Mayer, with whom he had four children.

In the mid-1930s, Lorch began corresponding with relatives in Germany who wished to emigrate. To assist them, he wrote affidavits that attested to the character of the potential immigrants and offered his own income and assets as a guarantee that they would not become public charges.

Between 1934 and the early 1950s, Lorch corresponded with at least seventy individuals and families regarding affidavits to support their emigration from Germany. He assisted his immediate family in the mid-1930s, and many were able to immigrate to the United States. By the late 1930s, members of Lorch’s extended family asked for his help, including some relatives whom he had never met. Friends from Lorch’s hometown of Dieburg also contacted him for assistance. Others who had no connection to Lorch at all wrote to him, having heard that he was willing to write affidavits. Several people were able to immigrate in this way with Lorch's support, meeting him for the first time after their arrival in the United States.

By 1941, U.S. immigration regulations changed, making it more difficult for Lorch to sponsor immigrants to the United States. The U.S. Consulate in Stuttgart eventually barred Lorch from writing any further affidavits, noting that it would be impossible for him to actually support all of the individuals and families he had already sponsored.

Adolf Lorch died on November 4, 1971 in New York.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of materials related to Adolf Lorch’s efforts to support the emigration of family members and others between 1934 and the early 1950s. Series I holds the bulk of the papers. These consist mainly of affidavits and related correspondence between Lorch and those for whom he wrote affidavits, their family members, representatives at various U.S. consulates, and others assisting refugees. A frequent correspondent is Cecilia Razovsky, the Executive Director of the National Coordinating Committee for Aid to Refugees and Emigrants Coming from Germany. Based on the materials in this collection alone, it is not always clear whether the family or individual in question was able to emigrate.

Series II holds a few further folders that are not directly related to emigration of particular individuals or families. These include a small number of family papers such as poems and correspondence, business correspondence (including advice for recent immigrants seeking work), a photograph of Adolf Lorch, and a biographical sketch likely written by his daughter.

Also included is the audio from an oral history interview with Walter Leonard, the son of Hugo and Mathilde Wertheimer whose papers are found in Box 1 Folder 16. 1 Walter Leonard was born Walter Wertheimer in Dieburg, Germany and immigrated to the United States with the assistance of his uncle Adolf Lorch, as reflected in papers also found in Box 1 Folder 16.2

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Arrangement

The Adolf Lorch Papers are arranged into two series, both ordered alphabetically.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact:
American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011
email: reference@ajhs.org

The oral history interview with Walter Leonard found in Series II is available onsite only.

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Related Material

The Leo Baeck Institute holds a large number of collections documenting the emigration efforts of individuals and families from Germany.

The Museum of Jewish Heritage held an exhibit titled Against the Odds that ran from May 21, 2013 to February 15, 2015 and used some of the materials from the Adolf Lorch Papers. The online presence of the exhibit can be accessed at http://www.mjhnyc.org/againsttheodds/about.html.

The website for this exhibit was captured by the Internet Archive Wayback Machine starting in July 2013. The snapshots of the archived website can be viewed here: https://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.mjhnyc.org/againsttheodds/about.html. Please note that the Wayback Machine may not render the website exactly as it appeared on the live web at the time, and that AJHS has no control over how often the site was crawled or how it displays now.

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Digitization Note

This collection was digitized in its entirety.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Adolf Lorch (1883-1971) Papers; P-1010; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

The Adolf Lorch Papers were acquired in 2015 from Adolf Lorch's daughter Judith Brooks.

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Processing Information

Materials were rehoused into acid-free folders and manuscript boxes. Folder titles, which consisted of individual or family names, were retained and often expanded to include first names. Materials were unfolded where necessary. Many of the papers in the collection were stapled together in large packets that included correspondence and affidavits. These staples often had to be removed so that contents of material could be seen. Some materials had been placed in Mylar sleeves previous to accessioning. This rehousing was likely done at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, where materials were used in an exhibition in 2013-2015. These sleeves were retained for fragile and torn documents. Two blank white handkerchiefs found with the papers were removed.

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Access Points

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Container List

Click the box in the request column to open the form that allows you to request a box for onsite viewing in the reading room at the Center for Jewish History, New York, NY.

 

Series I: Affidavits and related correspondence, 1906-1968, 2010-2013

Arrangement:

Alphabetical.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
11Altman, Jonas1938
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12Anker, Herbert1940-1941
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13Apfel family (Blanca née Kapp, Sara Kapp, Edward Apfel)1938-1939, 2013
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14Bab, Walter and Erna1937
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15Becker, Bernhard1936-1937
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16Bergheimer family (Hilde and Salomon, Lina Zivi)1941
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17Blum, Louis1941
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18Caminer, Hans and Else1938
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19Darmstaedter, Zeno and Irene1939, 1968, 2010
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110Degen family1940
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111Frank family (Emil, Nanni, Martin, Ferdinand)1937
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112Freud, Vilma1939-1940
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113Friedel family (Frank, Henrietta, Ferdinand)1938
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114Fuchs, Jakob and family1938-1939
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115Gerechter family (Siegbert, Alice, Jutta)1938
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116Goldschmidt family1937-1950, circa 2012
  

Includes correspondence and affidavits for a number of Lorch's extended family members: Goldschmidt family (Johanna, Augusta, Leo, Alice, Werner, Lotte), Grete and Leopold Guggenheim, Johannes and Ruth Mevissen, Alfred Wertheimer, Hugo and Mathilde Werthheimer, and Walter Wertheimer.

 
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117Grajev, Felix1937
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118Guthof, Bella and Heinrich1934-1939
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119Hildesheimer, Arnold and Ella1940
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120Hirsch, Arthur1936
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121Hoexter, Emanuel and Julie1939-1941
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122Ichenhäuser, Ernst1939
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123Kahn family (Beny, Emilie, Ernst, Hans)1935-1941, 2011
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124Karger, Heinz and Gerda1938
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125Katz, Wanda and Rudolf1938-1940
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126Kiewe, Alfred1938
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127Koppel, Karl and Irma (Adler)1937-1938, cicra 2012
  

Irma Koppel also listed as Irma Adler

 
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128Korn family 1941
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129Krohn, Margaret1935
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130Lilienstern, Rosel1938-1940
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131Loewy, Conrad and Suse1938
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132Lorch family (Jennie, Mina, Hugo, Karola)1935-1936, 2012
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133Lorch family (Max, Sophie, Ruth, Heinrich, Margot, Lothar)1933-1937, 2013
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134Lorch, Max and Rosa1938-1939, 2012
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135Lubliner, Johanna1937-1939
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136May family (Lothar, Albert, Max, Clementine, Bertha, Bella née May and husband Siegfried Goldstein)1906-1938
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137Mayer family (Ludwig, Edith, Ingelore)1939-1946
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138Meyer, Manfred1937
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139Meier family (Mortiz, Erich, Antonie née Goldberg)1913-1940
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140Miltenberg, Adele and Herman1914-1941
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141Mund family (Leopold, Johanna, Edith)1941
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142Nathan, Maximilian and Recha1936-1937
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143Nettel-Zellenka, Gertrude née Freudenberg1938-1939
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144Neumann, Max and Ria1937-1940
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145Rapp, Eric1941
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146Roos, Ruth1937
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147Rosenberg, Arthur1938
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148Rosenberg, Julius and family1938
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149Rosenfeld, Kurt1935-1941
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150Rothschild, Bertha and Hermann1937-1938
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151Rubens, Hanna1939
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152Rubino, Eugen and family1938
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153Salomon, Leo and family1948-1949
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154Schneider, Friedrich and family1939
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BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
21Schwarzschild, Harry, Ruby née Kapp and family1938-1953
  

Includes letters of recommendataion for John S. Stevens (Hans Schwarzschild) and correspondence regarding an affidavit for Heinrich Kapp

 
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22Simon, Grete and Fritz Karl1937-1939
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23Simon, Siegmund and Jeanette1940-1941
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24Suess, Jennie and Manfred1935-1937
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25Taraszczanski, Solomon1940
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26Tebrich, Wilhelm1936
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27Traub, Gertrude1941
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28Unknown or partial name1937-1941
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29Wartensleben, Erna1940-1941
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210Weil, Martin1938-1939
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211Weiler, Arthur1939
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212Wiener, Margarita1946
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213Wolf, Benno and family1938
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214Wolf, Ludwig1936
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215Wolfes, Fritz1938-1939
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216Wolfgang, Ludwig1939, 1950
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Series II: Other papers, 1896-circa 2013

Arrangement:

Alphabetical.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
217Biographical sketch and photograph of Adolf Lorchcirca 1940s, circa 2013
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218Business correspondence1937-1939
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219Family papers1896-1933
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BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
Interview with Walter Leonard2007
  

Oral history interview conducted by Frank Roberts, found on a CD labeled Jan Riley Collection. Walter Leonard was born Walter Wertheimer in Dieburg, Germany and immigrated to the United States with the assistance of his uncle Adolf Lorch, as reflected in papers found in Box 1 Folder 16.

 
  Listen to the audio 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
220Lists from Museum of Jewish Heritagecirca 2013
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