Download Full Text (1.1 MB)
[front]: typed in black and red ink with green pre-printed stamp and red postage stamp; postmarked 11.1.1937; [back]: typed in black ink with last line in handwritten pencil
Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash:
Lichtenberg is writing to Rabbi Rosenthal in Berlin shortly before the war, but enough time has lapsed that both men see the current situation in Germany for what it is, especially for the Jews. Indeed, Lichtenberg has already fled Germany (1935), almost completed his B.A. at the University of Cincinnati, and has begun his Rabbinical training at Hebrew Union College. He would be ordained in 1940. Lichtenberg was considered one of the “refugee Rabbis” who fled Nazi Germany for America and became part of the German rabbinate that existed in refugee communities. Lichtenberg was an Air Force chaplain in both WWII and the Korean War. He was as well a director of the Hillel Foundation, and a professor of religion at Adelphi. His letter to Rabbi Rosenthal is quite respectful, ever mindful of the bleak circumstances for Jews. He hopes that the Rabbi’s work will continue to grow, that he will continue to be successful and he hopes “…to hear good things from you again.”
5 1/2 x 3 1/2"
Leo Lichtenberg, Rabbi A. Rosenthal
"Postcard from Leo Lichtenberg, Cincinnati, Ohio, to Rabbi Dr. A. Rosenthal in Berlin" (1937). Bulmash Family Holocaust Collection. 2021.1.5.