Guide to the Gerhart Friedlander Collection, 1909-1995 

AR 11827

Processed by Michael O'Connor

Leo Baeck Institute

Center for Jewish History

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New York, N.Y. 10011

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Finding aid encoded in EAD 2002 by Michael O'Connor on 2013-05-28. Finding aid written in English.
July 2015: dao links added by Emily Andresini. December 2015: Biographical note edited by Dianne Ritchey.

Creator:Friedlander, Gerhart 1916-2009
Title:Gerhart Friedlander Collection
Dates:1909-1995
Abstract:This collection largely consists of material from Gerhart Friedlanders' academic career at University of California, Berkeley, as well as materials about the Friedlander family villa in Munich. Regarding Gerhart Friedlander's academic career, there is a translation of a letter from Rudi Peierls advising Gerhart Friedlander about paths of scientific study given the world situation in 1935; there are letters from the Hillel Foundation at the University of California, Berkeley granting Mr. Friedlander a study opportunity; membership certificates from math and science societies Pi M Epsilon and Sigma Xi; plans and photographs of Friedlander villa; photographs of Max Friedlander and family (circa 1925-1995). Accompanying these folder-size materials are oversized matted photographs (17cm x 11cm) showing the furnished interior of the Friedlander villa circa 1920s.
Languages:This collection is in English, German and Hebrew.
Quantity:1 folder + OS and A/V materials
Identification:AR 11827
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute Archives
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Biographical Note

Gerhart Friedlaender was born in 1916 in Munich, Germany and immigrated alone to the United States in 1936. His parents remained in Germany, while his sister and her husband had immigrated to the United States earlier. His brother left for England where he was in the Royal Air Force; he was in a Jewish brigade and was killed by the Germans in France in 1944. His mother passed away in 1937 of cancer. His father, an attorney, was arrested on Krystallnacht, released by the warden who knew him, went to Switzerland and then to England where he lived until his death.

Gerhart Friedlander was a awarded a Hillel Foundation scholarship in 1937, which allowed him to start his education, leading to a doctorate from the University of California in Berkeley. He was a pioneer of nuclear chemistry and participated in the Manhattan project to develop the atomic bomb. In 2006 Gerhart Friedlander was an adviser to the Stories to Remember project about courts of law under Nazi rule. He died in South Setauket, NY in 2009.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection largely consists of material from Gerhart Friedlanders' academic career at University of California, Berkeley, as well as materials about the Friedlander family villa in Munich. Regarding Gerhart Friedlander's academic career, there is a translation of a letter from Rudi Peierls advising Gerhart Friedlander about paths of scientific study given the world situation in 1935; there are letters from the Hillel Foundation at the University of California, Berkeley granting Mr. Friedlander a study opportunity; membership certificates from math and science societies Pi M Epsilon and Sigma Xi; plans and photographs of Friedlander villa; photographs of Max Friedlander and family (circa 1925-1995). Accompanying these folder-size materials are oversized matted photographs (17cm x 11cm) showing the furnished interior of the Friedlander villa circa 1920s.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:
Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011
email: lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org

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Access Points

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

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Related Material

See also Memoirs by Gerhart Friedlander, ME 1604.

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Separated Material

Clippings have been removed to the Gerhart Friedlander Clippings Collection, AR 11827 C.

Welder’s glass (dark lens) used to view the atomic bomb explosion on July 16, 1945, and a trinitite sample from the same explosion removed to Art and Objects Collection.

DVD: Hitler’s courts: Betrayal of the rule of law in Nazi Germany has been removed to the LBI Library.

DVD about restored Villa Friedlaender (July 2009) removed to A/V Collection.

CD-ROM: Memoirs by Gerhart Friedlander removed to A/V Collection.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Gerhart Friedlander Collection; AR 11827; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Note

Collection includes poor resolution photocopies.

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection. Follow the links to access the digitized materials.

 

Container list:

BoxFolderTitleDate
11Photographs, house plans, academic correspondence, academic society certificates1909-1995
BoxFolderTitleDate
OS 1392Large matted photographs circa 1925
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