Guide to the Herbert Guenzburger Collection, 1877-1965 

AR 5947

Processed by Timothy Ryan Mendenhall

Leo Baeck Institute

Center for Jewish History

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New York, N.Y. 10011

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Finding aid encoded in EAD 2002 by Timothy Ryan Mendenhall on 2012-01-04. Finding aid written in English.
February 11, 2015  Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Creator:Guenzburger, Herbert, 1905-
Title:Herbert Guenzburger Collection
Abstract:The collection contains a substantial amount of documents and correspondence pertaining to the emigration of members the Günzburger family of Lörrach, Baden, first to Switzerland in 1939 and then to the United States in 1941.
Languages:This collection is in German, French, English and Hebrew.
Quantity:10 folders
Identification:AR 5947
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute Archives
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Biographical Note

Herbert Guenzburger was born in 1905 in Lörrach, Baden, the son of Siegmund Guenzburger, a salesman, and Lina née Weil. Documents from his time in Switzerland indicate that he had culinary training.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection contains a substantial amount of documents and correspondence pertaining to the emigration of members the Günzburger family of Lörrach, Baden, first to Switzerland in 1939 and then to the United States in 1941.

Correspondence with Swiss, British, German, American, and Portugese officials and documents regarding the emigration comprise the overwhelming bulk of the collection. These documents include affidavits, various forms and applications, inventories of property (for shipping purposes and the Reichsfluchtsteuer), and letters of recommendation. Intermixed with some of the applications and forms are various vital records documents and personal papers. Of particular note is some of the paperwork from the German authorities, which shows the taxes the family had to pay to leave Germany and gives evidence that the authorities seized a number of their valuables. In addition, some of the Swiss paperwork shows that Herbert Guenzburger spent time interned in a Swiss work camp for refugees.

The collection also has a number of personal and vital papers, not just for the Guenzburgers but also for members of some related families, notably the Heilbronners and the Weils. These materials include identification cards, professional documents, and marriage and birth certificates. The folder on the Weil family indicates that Herbert Guenzburger attempted to contact the family while serving in the American army during the Second World War. A small folder on Judith Geismar offers insight into the experience of displaced refugees in France and Germany during the period immediately after the war.

Finally, a number of photographs round out the collection. Some of these photos show scenes of family and city life before the war, but most consist of Herbert Guenzbacher's photographs of Germany at the end of the war, including images of destroyed cityscapes and of the Buchenwald and Nordhausen concentration camps upon their liberation.

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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

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Access Points

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

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Separated Material

Photographs have been removed to the LBI Photograph Collection. To see photographs click here.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Herbert Guenzburger Collection; AR 5947; 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.

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Container list:

11Various family and personal papers1901-1965
12Correspondence and documents -- emigration from Germany to Switzerland1937-1939
13Correspondence and documents -- American Consulate, Zürich1939-1941
14Correspondence and documents -- British, Spanish, Portuguese, and Swiss authorities; charitable organizations1877-1941, bulk 1939-1941
15Correspondence and documents -- Swiss Immigration Office (Kantonale Fremdenpolizei)1939-1941
16Travel documents, shipping documents1939-1941
17Correspondence and papers -- Judith Geismar1945-1947
18Personal papers -- Philipp and Alice Heilbronner1901, 1936-1937
19Correspondence and documents -- Weil family1941-1955
110Map of Jewish cemetery of Lörrach, driving map of Badenbefore 1938?
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