Guide to the Howard and Jenny Hall Collection

AR 25249 / MF 907

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Finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Chris Bentley on May 10, 2010. Description is in English.
December 03, 2012  Links to digital objects added in Container List. October 16, 2017: Related Material added to finding aid.

Title:Howard and Jenny Hall Collection
Abstract:The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence between Howard and Jenny Hall, exchanged between 1943 and 1944. There is also correspondence documenting their efforts to bring their family members from Germany to the United States between 1939 and 1941. In addition, the collection contains the transcript and the translation of an interview, Howard Hall gave in Germany in 1996.
Quantity:1 linear foot
Identification:AR 25249 / MF 907
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute Archives
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Biographical Note

Howard Hall was born as Helmuth Halberstadt in Hamburg in 1911 to Felix Halberstadt and Rosie von der Walde. His mother was originally from New Zeeland. She died in 1935, while his father was deported to Riga in 1941, where he perished.

Jenny Hall née Heckscher was born on August 30th 1910 in Hamburg to Samson and Gertrud Heckscher. From 1927 to 1939 she worked at the Welfare Department of the Jewish Congregation in Hamburg.

Howard Hall and Jenny Heckscher got married in Dec. 1937, and in March 1939 they immigrated to the United States via London on the SS Manhattan. In America, where they changed their names to Howard and Jenny Hall, they moved into a flat in Brooklyn together with his cousin Paul Levy and his wife. In 1943, Howard enlisted with the American army to go to Europe, but rheumatic fever forced him into a hospital for 3 months instead. He opened his own business in 1948. Jenny Hall died in 1994. Howard Hall died in 2003.

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Scope and Content Note

The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence between Howard and Jenny Hall, exchanged between 1943 and 1944. There is also correspondence documenting their efforts to bring their family members from Germany to the United States between 1939 and 1941. In addition, the collection contains the transcript and the translation of an interview, Howard Hall gave in Germany in 1996.

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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 907).

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
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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Related Material

Related to this collection is a Bible owned by Howard Hall's father, Die fünf Bücher Moses: mit deutscher Übersetzung. This book is in the LBI Library under call number r 953.

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Microfilm

Collection is available on 3 reels of microfilm (MF 907).

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Howard and Jenny Hall Collection; AR 25249; 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.

Follow the links to access the digitized materials.

1/1: Personal Correspondence: From Howard to Jenny Hall June 1937
1/2: Personal Correspondence: From Howard to Jenny Hall 7.April - 31.May 1943
1/3: Personal Correspondence: From Howard to Jenny Hall 1.June - 26.July 1943
1/4: Personal Correspondence: From Howard to Jenny Hall 5.August - 29.September 1943
1/5: Personal Correspondence: From Howard to Jenny Hall 2.October – 27.October 1943
1/6: Personal Correspondence: From Howard to Jenny Hall 3.November- 30.November 1943
1/7: Personal Correspondence: From Howard to Jenny Hall 1.December - 31.December 1943
1/8: Personal Correspondence: From Howard to Jenny Hall 1.January - 25.January 1944
1/9: Personal Correspondence: From Howard to Jenny Hall 13.February - 19.March 1944 + one letter 26. November 1944
1/10: Personal Correspondence: From Family/Friends to Jenny and mother Gertrud Heckscher on Samson Heckscher’s death May 1939
1/11: Personal + Professional Correspondence: Samson and Gertrud Heckscher
1/12: Official Documents: Jenny Hall
1/13: Official Documents: Howard Hall
1/14: Personal Correspondence: “No 1- 100- 2 Jahre Amerika” 16.February 1939- 3.March 1941
1/15: Personal Correspondence: For release of parents March- December 1941
1/16: Personal + some Professional Correspondence: post war
1/17: Manuscript: Transcript and translation of an audio-interview with Howard Hall, conducted by Sybille Baumbach for the FZH (Forschungsstelle fuer Zeitgeschichte in Hamburg/ “Werkstatt der Erinnerungen”) on June 9, 1996. The original may be consulted at the archives of the FZH in Hamburg, Germany