Guide to the Emil Bernhard Cohn Collection, 1899-1948 

AR 793

Processed by Timothy Ryan Mendenhall

Leo Baeck Institute

Center for Jewish History

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Center for Jewish History, Publisher.
Finding aid encoded in EAD 2002 by Timothy Ryan Mendenhall on 2011-10-06. Finding aid written in English.
March 20, 2012  Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Creator:Cohn, Emil, 1881-1948
Title:Emil Bernhard Cohn Collection
Dates:1899-1948
Abstract:This collection contains a few letters sent to Cohn by notables such as Leo Baeck, Stefan Zweig, Martin Buber, and others, as well as a couple of Cohn's sermons and manuscripts and two scrapbooks.
Languages:This collection is in German, English and Yiddish.
Quantity:3 folders + 1 oversized folder
Identification:AR 793
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute Archives
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Biographical Note

Cohn was born in Berlin in 1881 into a liberal and observant Jewish family with Zionist sympathies. After completing his religious education he was appointed as a Prediger in the Berlin Jewish community, but he was suspended in 1907 because of pro-Zionist comments ascribed to him. His suspension unleashed an uproar within the Jewish community of Berlin, which at the time was strongly divided over Zionism and Herzl's writings. Despite organized protests and community meetings, Cohn was forced ultimately out of his appointment in the Berlin community. Over the next decades, he served elsewhere as a rabbi and began publishing plays and essays under the pseudonym Emil Bernhard. He emigrated to the United States in 1939 and remained there until his death in 1948.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains a few letters sent to Cohn by notables such as Leo Baeck, Stefan Zweig, Martin Buber, and others, as well as a couple of Cohn's sermons and manuscripts and two scrapbooks.

The letters from Leo Baeck, Martin Buber, Theodor Heuss, and Dr. Ascher all reference the controversy surrounding Cohn's deposition from his post in the Berlin community, in most cases expressing solidarity and offering assistance. Later, the two letters from Stefan Zweig (addressed to Cohn's pseudonym Emil Bernhard) express admiration for Cohn's writings.

Also present in the second folder are handwritten, printed, and typescript sermons, including Cohn's final sermon for the Berlin community and memorial sermons for Theodor Herzl, as well as a couple of other manuscripts. The two scrapbooks consist mainly of newspaper clippings, some with Cohn's notes and writings, relating to the controversy surrounding Cohn's deposition from his post in the Berlin community. While many of the clippings come from Jewish newspapers, there are several from mass market newspapers and even some from anti-semitic publications. In addition, the scrapbooks hold some flyers for public and community meetings and for protests relating to the Cohn controversy.

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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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Separated Material

Some photographshave been removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Emil Bernhard Cohn Collection; AR 793; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Other Finding Aid

The original German-language inventory is available in folder 1.

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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
11Photograph and correspondence: Ludwig Geiger, Baeck, Buber, Heuss, Zweig, Ascher1899-1926
12Sermons, manuscript, and other printed materialscirca 1907-1948
13Scrapbook1907-1908
BoxFolderTitleDate
OS 471Scrapbook: bound issues of General-Anzeiger fuer die gesamten Interessen des Judentums and Israelitisches Familienblatt1907
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