Guide to the Walther Weiss Collection
undated, 1894-1941, circa 1979

AR 4830

Processed by Leanora Lange

Leo Baeck Institute

Center for Jewish History

15 West 16th Street

New York, N.Y. 10011

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© 2013  Leo Baeck Institute
Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Leanora Lange in November 2013. Description is in English.
March 2015 dao links and digitization information added by Leanora Lange. July 2015 dao link for oversized material added and digitization note updated by Leanora Lange.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Weiss, Walther
Title: Walther Weiss Collection
Dates:undated, 1894-1941, circa 1979
Abstract: This collection contains records of the Munich Jewish community and the Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland. Most of the materials stem from 1939-1941 and include administrative records, financial records, newsletters, reports, notes, and blank forms.
Languages: The collection is in German with a few materials in Hebrew.
Quantity: 0.25 linear feet
Identification: AR 4830
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute
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Biographical Note

Walther Weiss served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Jewish Community of Munich before World War II. He and his wife Dora had two children, Werner and Helen. The family immigrated to New York, where Walther Weiss died in 1951.


“Walther Weiss Obituary.” New York Times, 29 July 1951: 69. ProQuest Historical Newspapers. Web. 19 Nov. 2013.

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Scope and Content Note

The bulk of this collection consists of the records of the Munich Jewish community (Kultusgemeinde) from 1939 to 1941. Also included are a few materials on the Munich Jewish community that date back to as early as 1894 as well as records from the Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland. The materials from the Munich Jewish community reflect living conditions of Jews between 1939 and 1941. These materials include administrative records such as hierarchies of the organization, membership lists, financial records, newsletters, reports, notes, and blank forms. The oversized materials in this collection consist of a table used to calculate grocery rations in August of 1940 and two tables of data about the members of the Jewish community as of June 1941, including members’ age, sex, membership status, and religious stance (“Glaubensjuden” or “Nichtglaubensjuden”). Among the materials in folder 4 are the program for the 1894 memorial service for Hermann Mueller, president of the Munich Jewish community, and a speech given by Alfred Neumeyer, head of the Jewish community of Bavaria, given in 1941 before he fled to Argentina. Folder 5 contains an inventory list with an overview of the collection in English and detailed descriptions of the items in German.

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The collection is arranged by organization and then by document type.

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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

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); Walther Weiss Collection; AR 4830; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Processing Information

Duplicates were removed. Materials were placed in acid-free archival folders.

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Container List


Walther Weiss Collection, undated, 1894-1941, circa 1979

1 1 Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland - documents undated, 1939-1941
1 2 Munich Jewish community - administration and finance undated, 1939-1941
1 3 Munich Jewish community - newsletters, reports, notes 1939-1941
1 4 Munich Jewish community - speech, photographs, memorial, and calendars 1894-1941
OS 158 Munich Jewish community - oversized materials 1940-1941
1 5 Inventory list circa 1979
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