Guide to the Herta Seidemann Collection
undated, 1919-1961

AR 25060

Processed by Kevin Schlottmann and LBI staff

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Center for Jewish History, Publisher.
Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Kevin Schlottmann in 2013. Description is in English.
June 2015 dao links and digitization information added by Leanora Lange. July 2015 dao link for oversized material added by Leanora Lange.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Seidemann, Herta, 1900-1984
Title: Herta Seidemann Collection
Dates:undated, 1919-1961
Abstract: This collection contains documents relating to psychiatrist and neurologist Herta Seidemann (1900-1984). The bulk of the collection consists of educational and professional documents. It also includes a few postcards from friends and family as well as two photographs.
Languages: This collection is in German and English.
Quantity: 0.25 linear feet (1 box) + one oversize folder (OS 78)
Identification: AR 25060
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute
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Biographical Note

Herta Seidemann (1900-1984) studied medicine at the universities of Berlin, Breslau, and Zurich. As a psychiatrist and neurologist, she studied and worked with, among others, the scholars Robert Wollenberg, August Homburger, Erich Fromm, and Karl Bonhoeffer. After being prohibited from working in Germany in 1933, Seidemann left for Switzerland, but she was forced to return to Germany in 1936. In 1938, she immigrated to the United States. With help from the Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced Foreign Scholars, she found a position at Montefiore hospital in New York working under Kurt Goldstein. Seidemann soon established a private practice, which she continued until her death in 1984.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains documents, postcards, and photographs relating to Herta Seidemann. The bulk of the collection consists of material documenting both her university studies and her professional career, including curriculum vitae, diplomas, certifications and certificates of exams, medical internships and degrees, and reference letters from her German employers (some with English translations). It includes favorable reference letters from her former employer Karl Bonhoeffer, dating from 1938. Other documents include a list of personal items taken during her emigration in 1938 and a typed copy of her grandfather Benjamin Seidemann's naturalization certificate for Prussian citizenship. A few postcards from friends and family as well as two photographs document Herta Seidemann’s personal life.

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The folders were left as previously arranged, by subject.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Access Information

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Request" button.

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Access Points

Click on a subject to search that term in the Center's catalog. Return to the Top of Page

Related material

The LBI Library holds a biography of Seidemann: Focke, Wenda. Begegnung: Herta Seidemann, Psychiatrin-Neurologin, 1900-1984 (RC 339.52 S42 F63)

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Digitization Note

The collection was digitized and made accessible in its entirety.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Herta Seidemann Collection; AR 25060; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Processing information

The materials were refoldered. Duplicates and blank postcards from vacation areas of Southern Germany and Italy were removed.

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A postcard from folder 6 was reproduced in Mirjam Zadoff's Next Year in Marienbad: The Lost Worlds of Jewish Spa Culture (Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012).

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Container List


Herta Seidemann Collection, undated, 1919-1961

1 1 Inventory
1 2 Personal documentsundated, 1938-1950s
1 3 Educational documents1919-1926

Includes photocopies

OS 78Educational documents1920-1926
1 4 Educational documentsundated, 1919-1936
1 5 Certifications and letters of reference1933-1938

Includes English translations of German documents

1 6 Correspondenceundated, 1924-1961
1 7 Photographsundated
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