Goldschmidt, Fritz: Diaries and eyewitness testimony (microfilm)

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Fritz Goldschmidt's diaries and eyewitness testimony collection comprises diaries, 1933-1939 (617/1) and a typescript personal account entitled 'Mein Leben in Deutschland vor und nach dem 30 Januar 1933', undated (617/2).

Administrative / Biographical History

Fritz Goldschmidt was born in Breslau in 1893, the son of a doctor who founded the first Jewish student fraternity in 1886. Goldschmidt was a judge in the High Court in Berlin, however shortly after the Nazis came to power, new legislation precluded him from continuing in the profession and he devoted most of his time to working for the Central Verein Deutscher Staatsbürger jüdischen Glaubens (Central League of German Citizens of the Jewish Faith) as the representative for Charlottenburg.

Goldschmidt was sent to Sachsenhausen between 1937 and 1938; a detailed description of this can be found within his personal account. At Sachsenhausen he befriended an evangelical preacher, an acquaintance of Martin Buber and Pastor Niemöller.

After Goldschmidt's release he came to Great Britain in May 1939. He later became joint secretary of the United Restitution Office in London in 1949 and died in 1968.

Arrangement

Chronological

Conditions Governing Access

Open

Acquisition Information

Goldschmidt family

Other Finding Aids

Description exists to this archive on the Wiener Library's online catalogue www.wienerlibrary.co.uk

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Microfilm

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Howard Falksohn.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies can be made for personal use. Permission must be sought for publication.

Location of Originals

Wiener Collection, Tel Aviv University, Israel.

Geographical Names