Guide to the Manfred Swarsensky Collection, 1938-1982

AR 6352 / MF 718

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Finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Chris Bentley on January 25, 2010. Description is in English.
August 21, 2012  Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Title:Manfred Swarsensky Collection
Dates:1938-1982
Abstract: The bulk of this collection consists of letters Manfred Swarsensky wrote to Hanna (Hansi) Pollack Baruch, who had lived in Berlin until she immigrated to the United States, where she lived in New York City. She served as the president of the sisterhood of Congregation Habonim, and later moved to Alexandria, Virginia. The correspondence begins after Swarsensky left Germany and arrived in the United States in 1939 and continues through 1981, shortly before his death. He wrote just a few letters each year, but these letters usually contain very detailed updates on his life. The first letters provide a wealth of information about his immigration and his first years in the United States. Also included in this collection are several speeches and sermons Manfred Swarsensky gave and articles he wrote for the Aufbau in New York and the Wisconsin State Journal as well as a detailed account about his immigration, which he wrote shortly after his arrival in 1939. In addition, there are articles about Manfred Swarsensky and many obituaries. The only item that dates from his time as a rabbi in Berlin is an article about Pessach he wrote for the Juedisches Gemeindeblatt in Berlin in 1938.
Languages:This collection in English and German.
Quantity:0.25 linear feet
Identification:AR 6352 / MF 718
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute Archives
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Biographical Note

Manfred Swarsensky was born 1906 in Pommerania. He studied at the university of Wuerzburg, where he received his Ph.D. in philosophy and Semitic languages in 1930, and received his rabbinical training in Berlin, where he served as rabbi at the synagogue in Prinzregentenstrasse until 1938. After Kristallnacht, he was arrested in interned in Sachsenhausen. Upon his release he immigrated to the United States via the Netherlands and England. He arrived in New York in 1939, moved to Chicago shortly afterwards, and in 1940, he founded the Temple Beth El in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1952, he married his wife Ida. The couple had two children, Sharon and Gerald. In 1970, Manfred Swarsensky received and accepted an invitation to visit Berlin. Three years later, he received an honorary degree from Edgewood College and joined the faculty in 1976, after his retirement, to teach a course on Jewish life and thought. He died in 1981.

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Scope and Contents

The bulk of this collection consists of letters Manfred Swarsensky wrote to Hanna (Hansi) Pollack Baruch, who had lived in Berlin until she immigrated to the United States, where she lived in New York City. She served as the president of the sisterhood of Congregation Habonim, and later moved to Alexandria, Virginia. The correspondence begins after Swarsensky left Germany and arrived in the United States in 1939 and continues through 1981, shortly before his death. He wrote just a few letters each year, but these letters usually contain very detailed updates on his life. The first letters provide a wealth of information about his immigration and his first years in the United States. Also included in this collection are several speeches and sermons Manfred Swarsensky gave and articles he wrote for the Aufbau in New York and the Wisconsin State Journal as well as a detailed account about his immigration, which he wrote shortly after his arrival in 1939. In addition, there are articles about Manfred Swarsensky and many obituaries. The only item that dates from his time as a rabbi in Berlin is an article about Pessach he wrote for the Juedisches Gemeindeblatt in Berlin in 1938.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

Collection is microfilmed, use MF 718.

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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Microfilm

Collection is available on 1 reel of microfilm (MF 718).

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Manfred Swarsensky Collection; AR 6352; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Container List

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

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Box 1, undated, 1938-1982

6 folders
BoxFolderTitleDate
11Articles by Manfred Swarsensky1938, 1975, 1979-1980
12Articles about Manfred Swarsenskyundated, 1971, 1975-1976, 1981-1982
13Correspondence1939-1981
14Memoirs1939
15Sermons and Speechesundated, 1941, 1969, 1973, 1981
16Variousundated, 1941, 1976, 1978-1979, 1981
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