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Object ID

2014.1.442abc

Object Name

Letter

Date

5-23-1939

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Typewritten letter in German with heading, "Reichsvertretung der Juden in Deutschland."

Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: A letter to Dr. Alfred Leschnitzer, a noted scholar, historian and teacher who had emigrated to the United States after 1939. Signed by Dr. Israel Otto Hirsch and by Dr. Alfred Lilienthal. Lilienthal was an historian and journalist. Originally named Reichsvertretung der Deutschen Juden, it had united all Jewish organizations and religious bodies under one national umbrella organization. Rabbi Leo Baeck was elected president and Otto Hirsch was chairman. However, after the Nuremburg laws were passed in 1935, the name was changed to reflect the Nazi need to distinguish Jews and Germans. Hirsch was arrested in 1941 and sent to Mauthausen concentration camp where he was tortured to death.

Dimensions

11 1/2 x 8 1/4"

Keywords

Reichsvertretung der Juden in Deutschland, Reichsvertretung der Deutschen Juden

Subcollection

1939-1941: Concentration:Ghettos, Einsatzgruppen (Mobile Killing Squads); WWII in Europe

Letter from the Reichvertretung der Juden (Dr. Israel Otto Hirsch and Dr. Alfred Lilienthal) in Deutschland to Dr. Alfred Leschnitzer, Cambridge, England

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