Guide to the Julius Schellenberg Collection
1932-1942, circa 1999
(bulk 1932-1942)

AR 25133

Processed by Leanora Lange

Leo Baeck Institute

Center for Jewish History

15 West 16th Street

New York, N.Y. 10011

Phone: (212) 744-6400

Fax: (212) 988-1305



© 2014  Leo Baeck Institute
Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Leanora Lange in February 2014. Description is in English.
June 2015 dao links and digitization information added by Leanora Lange.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Schellenberg, Julius
Title: Julius Schellenberg Collection
Dates:1932-1942, circa 1999
Dates:bulk 1932-1942
Abstract: This collection contains the personal papers of Julius Schellenberg (1916-1994). Originally of Goddelau, Germany, Schellenberg immigrated to the United States in 1937, where he lived in Brooklyn, New York. He served in the U.S. Air Force in the Pacific Theater of World War II. The collection includes family correspondence, scrapbooks of boating and cycling trips, a military diary and photograph, a family tree, and track and field awards.
Languages: The collection is in German and English.
Quantity: 0.25 linear feet
Identification: AR 25133
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute
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Biographical Note

Julius Schellenberg was born on May 15, 1916 in Goddelau, Germany to Leopold and Klara Schellenberg. He immigrated to the United States in May of 1937 and settled in New York. He served in the 5th Air Force from 1941-1945, during which time he was stationed in Australia and New Guinea. Despite efforts to emigrate, both of his parents, Leopold and Klara Schellenberg, were killed in the Holocaust after being deported to Izbica, Poland in 1942. In 1945, Julius Schellenberg married Sylvia née Feinstock (1920-1983), and the couple had three children. Julius Schellenberg died in Dobbs Ferry, New York in 1994.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of personal papers of Julius Schellenberg relating primarily to his life as a young man in Goddelau, Germany, the first few years of his life in Brooklyn, New York after immigrating in 1937, and his experience in the 5th Air Force in 1942.

The partial inventory in folder 1 lists most of the items in this collection and includes a summary of the content of the letters in folders 6-9. The scrapbooks consist of typewritten descriptions and photographs of a bicycle trip and two boat trips that Julius Schellenberg undertook with friends in 1932, 1933, and 1934. The passport is photocopied, not original. The correspondence in folder 5 shows that Julius Schellenberg was able to gain credit for his Realgymnasium studies in Germany and get admitted to Brooklyn College in 1939. The family correspondence in folders 6-9 consists of handwritten letters on very thin paper. Most letters have messages from multiple people to Julius Schellenberg, his sister Irma, and her husband Hugo Oppenheimer. Correspondents include Julius and Irma’s parents Leopold and Klara Schellenberg as well as other family members or friends that signed with the first names Max, Auguste, Isidor, Klaus, and Gertrude. The military diary is a typewritten booklet that covers Julius Schellenberg’s experience in the U.S. Air Force from his departure to Australia in February 1942 to December of the same year. A photograph of the 5th Air Force is also included.

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The collection is arranged by document type and then ordered chronologically where necessary.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Access Information

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.

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Access Points

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Related Material

The LBI Archives hold the following photograph albums, which can be viewed online:

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Separated Material

A 3 ½ inch floppy disk labeled “Schellenberg diaries, Julius letters, Klara, Leopold, Max, sketch” was removed to the LBI Audio Visual Collection.

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Digitization Note

The collection was digitized and made accessible in its entirety.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Julius Schellenberg Collection; AR 25133; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Processing Information

Duplicates and rusty staples were removed. Clips placed on the correspondence during previous foldering were removed.

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Container List


Julius Schellenberg Collection,  1932-1942, circa 1999

1 1 Family tree and partial inventory circa 1999
1 2 Scrapbook - bicycle trip and boat trip 1932-1933
1 3 Scrapbook - boat trip 1934
1 4 Passport and track and field awards 1936-1937
1 5 Correspondence regarding high school and college 1938-1939
1 6 Family correspondence 1939
1 7 Family correspondence 1940
1 8 Family correspondence 1941
1 9 Family correspondence and envelopes undated
1 10 Military diary and photograph 1942
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