Guide to the Carl Boschwitz - Hermann Leubsdorf Collection, 1731-1959 

AR 7251

Processed by LBI Staff and Timothy Ryan Mendenhall

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Finding aid encoded in EAD 2002 by Timothy Ryan Mendenhall on 2010-07-28. Finding aid written in English.
July 20, 2012  Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Creator:Boschwitz, Carl, 1877-1937
Creator:Leubsdorf, Hermann
Title:Carl Boschwitz - Hermann Leubsdorf Collection
Abstract:The Boschwitz papers are focused on Carl Boschwitz's efforts with the Prisoners of War Relief Committee during World War I. The Leubsdorf papers trace the lineage of the Leubsdorf Family, notably related to the family of Heinrich Heine, and also include an eighteenth-century prayer book.
Languages:This collection is in German, English, Yiddish, Hebrew, and French.
Quantity:0.5 linear feet
Identification:AR 7251
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute Archives
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Biographical Note

Carl Boschwitz (1877-1937) was a businessman who emigrated to the United States in 1914.

Hermann Leubsdorf was the great-great grandson of Brunella van Geldern, sister of Betty van Geldern, Heinrich Heine's mother.

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Scope and Content Note

The first series, Carl Boschwitz papers, consists primarily of correspondence in connection with his work with the Prisoners of War Relief Committee (Kriegsgefangenen Fürsorge, later the Welfare Committee for Prisoners of War), and the Kolonialkriegerdank (Colonial soldiers' gratitude committee) on behalf of German and Austrian prisoners of war during and after World War I, 1914-1921.This includes correspondence with the German and Austrian embassies, the German Red Cross, and individual prisoners of war. Later correspondence is limited but includes a letter from German Chancellor Franz von Papen in 1932, in which he assures Boschwitz that there is no place for National Socialism in the German government. In addition to correspondence, Boschwitz's papers include a marriage certificate and a family tree.

The documents of the Leubsdorf family and the van Geldern families include wills, contracts, guild papers, and correspondence, including correspondence of Betty Heine (born Peira van Geldern), the mother of Heinrich Heine. Other family members prominently represented in the collection include Abraham Samuel, Isaac Bürger, David Pinchas Bock, Samson Heine (Heinrich Heine's father), and Isaac Leubsdorf. Many of these documents appear to have been used for genealogical research. Several family trees, some of which appear to have been drafted in the nineteenth century, and a genealogical manuscript narrative attest to this research. In addition, there is an eighteenth-century prayer book which had belonged to Sender Offebach; its provenance is unclear. Some correspondence from the twentieth century documents contemporary family affairs and the genealogical research efforts.

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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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Related Material

The William and (Charlotte) Engel Levison Collection (AR 25001) and the Wilhelm Levison Collection (AR 3906) contain materials from the same extended family documented in the Boschwitz-Leubsdorf Collection.

See also:

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Carl Boschwitz - Hermann Leubsdorf Collection; AR 7251; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Other Finding Aid

An earlier inventory is located in folder 1.

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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: Carl Boschwitz papers, 1903-1959

12Marriage document1931
13Boschwitz-Pagel family tree1903
14Correspondenceundated, 1913-1915
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Series II: Leubsdorf-Van Geldern family papers, undated, 1731-1938

110Documents and papersundated, 1731-1797
111Documents and papers1809-1879
112Correspondenceundated, 1809-1938
2OS 135Unidentified letter (oversized)undated
113Family treesundated, 1918
114Prayer book of Sender Offebach (Seder u-tefilot Yom Kippur Katan)1743-1744
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