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Leo Baeck Institute Archive

Photo: Moses Mendelssohn

Moses Mendelssohn's glasses and their case
© Leo Baeck Institute New York

The New York Leo Baeck Institute Archive set up a dependency at the Jewish Museum Berlin when it opened, providing access to one of the largest archives on German-Jewish history in Germany.

Photo of a page from the visitors

Visitors' book, Haus Einstein, Caputh 1929-1932
© Leo Baeck Institute New York

Named after Rabbi Leo Baeck, one of German Jewry's most significant representatives, the institute – founded in New York, London, and Jerusalem in 1955 – is devoted to researching the history of German Jewry since the Enlightenment. Its New York Archive holds an extensive collection: Municipal files, personal documents, correspondence, attestations to religious, social, cultural, intellectual, political, and business life reflect the whole spectrum of German-Jewish existence.

Approximately a third of the New York holdings are available on over 2,500 microfilms at the Jewish Museum Berlin Reading Room. Among them are bequests of prominent German Jews and a collection of over 1,300 memoirs. The collections that can be viewed in Berlin are listed in the Leo Baeck Institute's online catalog. Prior registration is necessary.

Please register to use the Reading Room.


Aubrey Pomerance
Head of Archives JMB/Leo Baeck Institute
Tel: +49 (0)30 259 93 556
Fax: +49 (0)30 259 93 409

The microfilming of the New York collections is generously sponsored by the Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility and Future and the German Research Foundation as part of their programs to promote scientific library services and information systems.


A Jewish woman during ritual cleansing, illustration from a prayer book, Germany 1427-1428
© Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek »Carl von Ossietzky«, Hamburg

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