Correspondence with Baeck, Leo

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  • Reference
      GB 1556 3000/9/1/102
  • Dates of Creation
      01/10/1945 - 26/11/1956
  • Language of Material
      German English
  • Physical Description
      61 items

Scope and Content

Comprising handwritten and typewritten letters the correspondence documents the close association between Baeck and The Wiener Library. It deals with various issues including among others: Baeck’s advice for the Library in certain matters; his 80th anniversary and the presentation of a Festschrift on this occasion; some issues following his passing in 1956. Contained is a leaflet, an invitation card, memos, circulars, and some typescripts primarily related to the Festschrift.

Administrative / Biographical History

Leo Baeck (1873-1956) was a German rabbi, scholar and international leader of Liberal Judaism. In Berlin he had presided over the largest Jewish community in Germany from 1905 onwards. Deported to Theresienstadt in 1943 he continued his community work as a member of the council of Elders. Upon liberation Baeck moved to London and became president of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. The Leo Baeck Institute with branches in New York, London and Jerusalem is named after him. See Homolka, W. and E. H. Füllenbach, Leo Baeck: Eine Skizze seines Lebens, Gütersloh, Gütersloher Verlagshaus, 2006.

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