Guide to the Rabbi Abraham Haselkorn (1905-1982) World War II Papers(circa 1944)

Processed by Anne Morain

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Machine-readable finding aid created by Anne Morain as MS Word document, March 27, 2015. Finding aid was encoded by Anne Morain on May 8, 2015. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Haselkorn, Abraham, Rabbi
Title: Rabbi Abraham Haselkorn (1905-1982) WWII Papers, circa 1944
Dates:undated, 1944
Abstract: This collection documents the time Rabbi Abraham Haselkorn spent stationed overseas during World War II. Photographs include those of comrades and soldiers, as well as refugees. Scenes include daily life as well as religious services.
Languages: The collection is in English, French, German.
Quantity: 5 folders in consolidated box P-10
Identification: P-994
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS New York, NY
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Biographical Note

Rabbi Abraham Haselkorn1

Rabbi Abraham Haselkorn (1905-1982) was a Jewish military chaplain in World War II. A Reform rabbi, he graduated from the Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. He served as rabbi of Temple Beth-El in Poughkeepsie, NY before enlisting in the army in 1942. He was stationed in France in 1944 and Germany in 1945. He worked with Jewish displaced persons, many of them survivors of concentration camps.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection consists mainly of photographs from Rabbi Haselkorn’s time stationed in France in 1944. Many of the photographs were taken at Château de Méhoncourt in Le Mans, France. The collection includes fifty-five black and white photographs, fifteen uncancelled postcards, fabric with blue eagle atop swastika (official Nazi symbol), two psychological operations (PSYOP) leaflets, two French newspaper clippings, a ten franc note from 1944, an advertisement for playhouses in London, a London playbill, a program for the Führer’s birthday in France, an event invitation, a bookstore pamphlet, a program for Thanksgiving in the Loire Section of France, 1944 and three personal letters. The collection is mainly in English, with some items in French and German.

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The collection is arranged into one series by material type.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Collections and Engagement of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact:
American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011

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Related Material

"Abraham Haselkorn documents." Collection SC-4683. American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati.

Albert A. Hutler papers, 1945, 1975. AJHS. P-156.

Photograph. Jewish Chaplain Abraham Haselkorn of Poughkeepsie, NY prays...(B10.F008.0186), March 1945; I-337.

"Haselkorn, Abraham papers, 1940-1980." Collection BANC MSS 2010/549. The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

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Separated Material

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Rabbi Abraham Haselkorn (1905-1982) WWII Papers, circa 1944; P-994; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by David Sokolow, 2008.

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Access Points

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

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Abraham Haselkorn Collection, Undated, circa 1944

English, French, German.
Box CB10, Folders 1-5.

Arranged by material type.

Scope and Content:

See Collection Scope and Content Note.

CB101Small Photographscirca 1944request_box
CB102Medium Photographscirca 1944request_box
CB103Parteiadler (Party's Eagle) with Swastika Emblem from Hitler Youth Sports Uniformcirca 1944request_box
CB104Clippings, Ephemera and Postcardscirca 1944request_box
CB105Correspondencecirca 1944request_box
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