Guide to the Samuel Echt-Bernhard Kamnitzer Collection, 1929-1950

AR 7016 / MF 569

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Creator:Echt, Samuel
Creator:Kamnitzer, Bernhard
Title:Samuel Echt-Bernhard Kamnitzer Collection
Abstract:Correspondence and materials by and about Kamnitzer and Echt on Danzig; personal materials on life in emigration; childhood memoirs in Danzig.
Languages:This collection is in German and English.
Quantity:1 linear foot
Identification:AR 7016 / MF 569
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute Archives
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Biographical Note

Samuel Echt was born in Norgau, East Prussia (now USSR), on July 17, 1888. A teacher, historian, and Jewish communal leader in Danzig, he emigrated to Great Britain in 1939 and to the United States in 1948. He died in New York City on November 12, 1974.

Bernhard Kamnitzer was born in Dirschau (now Tczew, Poland) on October 25, 1890. He worked as a lawyer and served as a judge, legislator, and senator in the Free City of Danzig. He emigrated via Great Britain to the United States in 1938, where he was co-founder and president of the American Danzig Association. Kamnitzer died in New York City on July 15, 1959.

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Scope and Content Note

Correspondence and materials by and about Kamnitzer and Echt on Danzig; personal materials on life in emigration; childhood memoirs in Danzig.

Manuscript by Sam Echt: "Geschichte der Juedischen Gemeinde Danzig". Undated; German, 687 p. (3 volumes); typed. History of the Jewish congregation of Danzig from the 11th to 20th centuries. Includes appendices.

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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.

Collection is microfilmed - MF 569.

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Request" button.

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

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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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Collection is available on 3 reels of microfilm (MF 569).

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Samuel Echt-Bernhard Kamnitzer Collection; AR 7016; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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"Geschichte der Juedischen Gemeinde Danzig" published in 1972.

"Der Danziger Ritualmordprozess Czybulla" was published in an article by Hugo Friedlaender, "Interessante Kriminalprozesse von kulturhistorischer Bedeutung" in 'Gerichts-Berichterstatter', Bd. VII, Berlin 1920.

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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, 1913-1970

39 folders
11Correspondence; Echt1950s
12Correspondence; Echt1963-1970
13Correspondence to New York University Librarianundated
14Corresp. ref: Publication of Danzig History by Echtundated
15Corresp. ref: Danzig Project up with Kammer, Sodeikat, LBI1963-1964
16Refugee Committee Danzig1939
17Red Cross Communication with Danzigundated
18Echt in London; Letters, Clippings1939-1942
19American Danzig Association; Includes clippings of former Danzig residents1949-1950
110Manuscript: History of Danzig 1793-1945, 380 pundated
111Research material, Photocopies - Danzig 1752undated
112Misc: Ms. on Danzigundated
113Danzig Ms: Includes lists of children unable to get into Kindertransportundated
114Lists: Jews in Danzigundated
115Research materials: Inscriptionsundated
116Ms. Juden in Danzig, 32 p., Germanundated
117Clippings Danzigundated
118Memoir of Richard Simson/ Elburg, 43 p., German1939
119Samuel Echt: Geschichte der juedischen Gemeinde Danzig, I, p: 1-138undated
120Samuel Echt: Geschichte der juedischen Gemeinde Danzig, II, p: 139-356undated
121Samuel Echt: Geschichte der juedischen Gemeinde Danzig, III, p: 357-588 + 96pundated
123Lists in re Jews in Danzigundated
124Five essays concerning Jews in Danzigundated
125Personal Documents Echtundated
126Danzig Delegation Report after Soviet Union1929
127Newsclippings: CV Zeitung 1927-1928, 1965-1969; Scrapbookundated, 1927-1928, 1965-1969
128Minutes of meetings to organize Citizens of the Free City of Danzigundated
129Free City of Danzig on the Department Camp Beau Bassen1942-1950
130Correspondence Bernhard Kamnitzerundated
132Bibliographies Judaicaundated
133Personal Correspondence: Frieda Echt1913-1963
134Handwritten notes on H.G. Welles; Clippings about Wellesundated
135Ms. by Gerald Meyerundated
136Misc. Notes Hebrewundated
137Misc., Newsclippingsundated
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