Guide to the Peter Bloch Collection
1916-2008

AR 25353

Processed by Yakov Illich Sklar

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Center for Jewish History

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Yakov Illich Sklar in September 2011. Description is in English.
December 04, 2013  Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Peter Bloch Collection
Dates:1916-2008
Abstract: The Peter Bloch Collections includes mostly personal materials pertaining to various members of the Bloch family. Included in the collection are correspondence, documents, printed materials, and writings.
Languages: The collection is in German and English with some French and Spanish.
Quantity: 0.5 linear feet.
Identification: AR 25353
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute
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Biographical Note

Peter Rafael Bloch, historian, writer, journalist and an expert of Puerto Rican culture, was born on October 19th, 1921 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

In 1939 he escaped to England and later that year moved to Belgium to get reunited with his family. In 1942 he escaped to Switzerland but moved back to Belgium in 1945. Peter Bloch stayed in Belgium with his mother until 1949. In 1949 Peter Bloch was allowed to come to America.

Peter Bloch studied Hispanic culture and history since his youth and became an authority on Puerto Rican culture. He earned his living by writing for European magazines and newspapers.

When writing for the International Socialist Workers Review from 1955 to 1962, Peter Bloch used the pseudonym Trent Hutter.

He died in New York on July 31st, 2008.

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Scope and Content Note

The Peter Bloch Collection includes mostly personal materials pertaining to various members of the Bloch family. Included in the collection are correspondence, documents, printed materials, and writings.

Most of the correspondence consists of letters between Peter Bloch and L. Laasman, during Bloch’s stay in Switzerland. However, there is also of Peter Bloch and his mother, Else Bloch with lawyers regarding restitution.

Additionally, there are vital, professional, legal, and immigration documents, writings, and printed materials.

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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); Peter Bloch Collection; AR 25353; 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.

Follow the links to access the digitized materials.

 

Series I: Bloch, Peter, 1921-2008

The collection is in German and English with some French and Spanish.
0.25 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

Series I: Bloch, Peter includes materials pertaining to Peter Bloch and consists of personal correspondence, a few essays on culture, documents, and printed materials.

BoxFolderTitleDate
11Correspondence1961-1963
  

Israel, Arthur

 
12Correspondence1942-1943
  

Laasman, L.

 
13Correspondence1943-1944
  

Laasman, L.

 
14Correspondence1943-1944
  

Laasman, L.

also includes three letters from Peter Bloch to L. Volske

 
15Correspondence1943-1944
  

Laasman, L.

 
16Documents1921-2007
17Essays on cultureundated, 1964-1965
18Off prints1994, 2000
19Various/in memory2006-2008
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Series II: Bloch Family, 1916-1967

This series is in German and English.
0.25 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

Series II: Bloch Family includes a wide variety of materials dealing with the members of the Bloch family and consists of documents, writings, and lists.

BoxFolderTitleDate
110Bloch family1939, 1960
  

itemized list of home furniture and other possessions

 
111Bloch, Arthur1940, 1943
  

documents

 
112Bloch, Else1949-1966
  

documents

 
113Bloch, Else, Bloch, Peter1948-1967
  

restitution

 
114Czapski, Werner1916-1963
  

documents, mostly dealing with efforts to immigrate

 
115Czapski, Werner1919-1963
  

documents

 
116Czapski, Wernerundated
  

Es gab einmal Amerika

 
117Fölsche, Luise1937, 1963
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