Guide to the Papers of Arthur Czellitzer (1871-1943)
1919-1987

AR 302

Processed by Philipp Thater

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Dianne Ritchey in September 2011. Description is in English.
November 13, 2014  Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Czellitzer, Arthur, 1871-1943
Title: Arthur Czellitzer Collection
Dates:1919-1987
Dates:bulk 1930-1943
Abstract: The Arthur Czellitzer Collection documents the work of Arthur Czellitzer through his papers on genealogical studies and his creative fiction.
Languages: The collection is in German, English and Hebrew.
Quantity: 0.5 linear feet
Identification: AR 302
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute
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Biographical Note

Arthur Czellitzer was born in Breslau in 1871. He was a well known ophthalmologist and founded a private hospital in Berlin in 1907. He was the founder and president of the Gesellschaft fuer Juedische Familienforschung (1924-1938). In 1938 he immigrated to Holland, and was killed in Sobibor in 1943. He also wrote creative fiction.

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Scope and Content Note

The Arthur Czellitzer Collection is arranged in 5 series and includes personal material, manuscripts, newspaper clippings and correspondence.

The biggest part of the collection contains manuscripts of genealogical studies and creative fiction.

The first series contains family documents relating to Arthur Czellitzer and his family.

The second series contains documents regarding the Gesellschaft fuer juedische Familienforschung.

Series III includes Arthur Czellitzer's manuscripts, among them creative fiction and papers on genealogical studies and standards of beauty. Also included is a reprint of one of his articles from 1924.

Series IV contains Margarete Czellitzer's correspondence after Arthur Czellitzer's death, mostly dealing with a continuing interest in his work and a detailed genealogy of her, written by her husband, Arthur Czellitzer.

Series V contains newspaper clippings on various topics.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged in five 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.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:
Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011
email: lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org

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Access Points

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Related Material

Material related to Arthur Czellitzer or his work may be found in other areas of the LBI's holdings.

In the LBI Library:

In the LBI Memoir Collection:

In the LBI Manuscript Collection:

In other collections of the LBI Archives:

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Arthur Czellitzer Collection; AR 302; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Processing Information

This collection was processed in preparation of the EAD finding aid. The order of the original collection, as indicated by an included list of content, was kept intact.

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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: Arthur Czellitzer, Personal material, 1838-1954

This series is in German and Hebrew.
0.03 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Topical.

Scope and Content:

his series contains Arthur Czellitzer's curriculum vitae (Lebenslauf) from 1931 and a list of speeches and lectures from 1896 to 1931 on medical developments, politics and genealogy. It also contains a notebook regarding his memorial celebration on December 5, 1954, 4 handwritten letters to relatives and a page with birthday dates.

BoxFolderTitleDate
11Lebenslauf1931
12Notes for memorial celebration1954
15Family documents1838-1910
16Birthday dates1935
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Series II: Gesellschaft fuer juedische Familienforschung, 1930s

This series is in German.
0.015 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Topical.

Scope and Content:

This series contains a membership list for the Gesellschaft fuer juedische Familienforschung and various clippings regarding acknowledgements and advertising for the society.

BoxFolderTitleDate
13Membership list1935
14Notes and clippings1930s
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Series III: Manuscripts by Arthur Czellitzer, undated, 1902-1987

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

Topical.

Scope and Content:

This series contains Arthur Czellitzer's manuscript on the conduct of genealogical studies and creative fiction. The manuscript of "Die Blutsverwandten" gives a detailed analysis of the conduct of genealogical studies in general. "Revolution-Zusammenbruch-Heimkehr" is a recount of the last days of World War I, written while trying to escape from Poland, where he was practicing as an ophthalmologist. It is not entirely clear if this chronological report is fictional or not. The reprint of Arthur Czelliter's 1924 article "The fulfillment of a very old dream" from 1987 is on the importance of genealogy, the title refers to his initial satisfaction of having the article published. "Gesamtschuld-Einzelschuld" is a dialogue between two persons, arguing if a group of people can be guilty, or if guilt can always be attributed to an individual (i.e. a leader of a group of people, director of propaganda, etc). "Das Schoenheitsideal" focuses on the standard of beauty in the course of history and in different cultures. His CV (Lebenslauf) from 1902 is a prose text recounting his professional career and his political opinion. "Gedanken ueber Zionismus" is a handwritten manuscript. The other manuscripts are short stories, dealing with various topics, among them "Die Rache des Drachenteufels", which can be read as a controversial allegory on Jewish attitudes during the time of Nazism.

BoxFolderTitleDate
17Der Apfel des Hesperidenundated
18Die Blutsverwandtenundated
19The fulfillment of a very old dream1987
110Gesamtschuld-Einzelschuld1941
111Gedanken ueber Zionismusundated
112Lebenslauf1902
113Das Leben ein Traum1938-1943
114Morgenstundenundated
115Die Rache des Drachenteufelsundated
116Revolution-Zusammenbruch-Heimkehrundated
117Das Schoenheitsidealundated
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Series IV: Margarete Czellitzer, 1916-1964

This series is in German.
0.17 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Topical.

Scope and Content:

This series contains materials pertaining to Margarete Czellitzer. It includes a letter from the Berliner Gesellschaft fuer Rassenhygiene regarding the resignation of Arthur and Margarete Czellitzer and a handwritten letter from Arthur to Margarete Czellitzer. The "Correspondence" folder contains letters regarding continuing interest in Arthur Czellitzer's work for the Gesellschaft fuer juedische Familienforsuchung, written after his death. The manuscript is a detailed genealogy of Margarete Czellitzer (née Salomon) written in 1942.

BoxFolderTitleDate
118Berliner Gesellschaft fuer Rassenhygiene1916
119Letter from Arthur to Margarete1942
120Correspondence1948-1964
121Manuscript by Margarete Czellitzer1942
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Series V: Clippings, 1898-1955

This series is in German.
0.012 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Topical.

Scope and Content:

This series contains loose newspaper clippings relating to Arthur Czellitzer and Jewish genealogy in general. The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings regarding various topics. Most of them deal with politics or medicine. There are also two copies of photographs of Arthur Czellitzer.

BoxFolderTitleDate
122Newpaper clippings, loose1928-1955
123Clippings, scrapbook1898-1940
124Photographs1930s
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