Guide to the Fedor Ganz Collection, 1870-1984 

AR 7238

Processed by LBI Staff and Timothy Ryan Mendenhall

Leo Baeck Institute

Center for Jewish History

15 West 16th Street

New York, N.Y. 10011

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Finding aid encoded in EAD 2002 by Timothy Ryan Mendenhall on 2010-08-09. Finding aid written in English.
November 28, 2011  Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Creator:Ganz, Fedor, 1910-1983
Title:Fedor Ganz Collection
Abstract:The collection contains documents, correspondence, unpublished writings, sketches, photos, and various flyers, postcards, posters, and a substantial amount of family documents.
Languages:This collection is in German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Quantity:0.75 linear feet.
Identification:AR 7238
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute Archives
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Biographical Note

Fedor Ganz was a writer and a painter, born in Hamburg in 1910, raised in Geneva, Switzerland, and educated in France at the Sorbonne. From the 1930s until his death in 1983, Ganz was active both politically and artistically, exhibiting his artwork (mostly paintings) and publishing poetry and political essays in Spanish, French, and German. He lived a relatively itinerant lifestyle, and from his university days onwards traveled extensively between South America, Europe, and North America. At least part of the reason for this extensive travel may be traced to translation work which he performed for the United Nations and other diplomatic and cultural organizations. His Ensayo marxista de la historia de Espana (Marxist essay on the history of Spain), first published in 1934, won favorable notices, and Nobel Prize winner Gabriela Mistral wrote the preface to one of his volumes of poetry. During the 1960s he reclaimed German citizenship, and in December 1983 he died in Paris.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection contains documents, correspondence, unpublished writings, sketches, photos, and various flyers, postcards, posters, and similar printed materials advertising artistic, literary, and political exhibitions, events, and happenings. A substantial amount of family documents are also included; some of these may have been amassed for research into a larger literary work entitled Inventar vor dem Brand which was loosely inspired by the life of his mother, Elsbeth Klemperer. This work was still incomplete at the time of his death, but a large manuscript draft is present in the collection. Similarly, some of the political flyers and postcards, which date to the era of World War I, may have belonged to his parents. The extended family documents also include handbills for operas and theatrical works performed in 1870.

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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

Some photographs have been removed to the Photograph Collection.

Clippings have been removed to the Fedor Ganz Clippings Collection, AR 7238 C.

The following published books were removed to the LBI Library collection on 2010 June 25:

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Fedor Ganz Collection; AR 7238; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Other Finding Aid

An inventory is available in folder 1, with an account of Ganz's death and the circumstances of donation.

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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: Personal and family papers

Scope and Content:

In the second folder are Ganz's personal papers and documents, including school and university papers from Switzerland and France, various state IDs and passports from Peru, Brazil, the United States, and Spain, and documents relating to emigration and travel. This folder also contains a membership card for the Spanish organization Alianza de Intelectuals Antifascistas (1936). The following folder contains documents pertaining to his parents, such correspondence, birth and marriage documents, documents regarding Albert and Elsbeth's British citizenship, documents relating to his father Albert's death and the ensuing financial matters, ration stamps from the first World War, and Elsbeth's postwar American welfare card.

There are also a few documents pertaining to the extended family members in the Lewandowsky and Fuchs families. Other materials in this series include programs for cultural events, exeptional among them programs for productions at the Viennese Burgtheater in the 19th century and materials from the Congres International des Ecrivains pour la Defense de la Culture in the 1930s. Finally, there is a folder of communist and antifascist political flyers and pamphlets which includes a full issue of the satirical magazine Nebelspalter.

12Vital documents and personal papers1911-1984
13Family documents -- Albert and Elsbeth Ganz née Klemperer (parents)1897-1953
14Family documents -- Extended family (Ignaz Fuchs, Max Lewandowsky)undated, 1870-1909
15Programs and postcardsundated, 1936-1938
OS 1411Oversize programs: Viennese Burgtheater1870
16Political flyers and periodicals1918-1935
16AScrapbook -- clippings1933-1977
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Series II: Correspondence

Scope and Content:

The correspondence contains original letters from Aquilino Duque, Iris Clert, San Tiago Dantas, Georges Henein, and other cultural and political figures; the photocopied correspondence is similar, although it features different figures such as Noel Arnaud. Henein's correspondence is written on issues of Greek newspapers. The small amount of professional correspondence pertains to Ganz's translation work and literary endeavors.

17Correspondenceundated, 1943-1983
18Correspondence -- photocopiesundated, 1943-1982
19Work papers and correspondence1961-1979
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Series III: Writings and artistic career

Scope and Content:

This series contains a seemingly complete draft of Inventar vor dem Brand, manuscript and typescript drafts of essays and poems, and programs documenting literary events, especially those associated with a circle surrounding a space called L'Antipoete (several of his poems are entitled Antipoems) and exhibitions of his paintings at venues such as Galleria Il Porto in Rome.

110Writings, mostly unpublishedundated, 1964-1983
111Manuscript: Inventar vor dem Brand197?-1983
112Manuscript drafts: Inventar vor dem Brand197?-1983
114Three sketches, presumably by Ganzundated
21Programs and promotional materials for readings and exhibitionsundated, 1933-1980
OSL 451Programs and promotional materials for readings and exhibitionsundated, 1983
22Various notes and draftsundated
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Series IV: Photos

23Photos of artwork1955-1978
24Photos: portraits of Fedor Ganz and travel photosundated
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