Leon Zeitlin Collection, 1930-1967
AR 4128

Processed by LBI Staff and Timothy Ryan Mendenhall

Leo Baeck Institute

Center for Jewish History

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© 2011  Leo Baeck Institute
Finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Timothy Ryan Mendenhall on March 09, 2011. Description is in English.
September 28, 2011  Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Zeitlin, Leon, 1876-1967
Title: Leon Zeitlin Collection
Abstract: This collection contains the economist Leon Zeitlin's personal and professional correspondence, mostly from the 1950s and 1960s, as well as a number of economic and autobiographical manuscripts.
Languages: The collection is in English and German.
Quantity: 0.5 linear feet
Identification: AR 4128
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute
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Biographical Note

Leon Zeitlin was born in Memel, East Prussia (today Klaipėda, Lithuania), in 1876. He obtained a doctorate in economics and served on the Reich Economic Council (Reichswirtschaftsrat) from 1920-1932. Later, from 1928-1932, he also held office as a liberal-democratic representative on the Prussian Diet (Preussischer Landtag). When the National Socialists took hold of the German government, he was forced to give up his post and emigrated to London, England. In exile he took up advocacy for several human rights causes, including improved Jewish-Christian relations, and wrote extensively for several economics journals. In 1962 he published the book Life's value in cash. He died in London in 1967.

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Scope and Contents

This bulk of this collection consists of correspondence and manuscripts. Although some of the correspondence is personal in nature, much of it concerns Zeitlin's work as an economic writer and theorist and his advocacy for various human rights causes. Max Horkheimer and Nahum Goldmann are among the many notable correspondence. Other parts of the correspondence concern specific book projects, especially for his Life's value in cash.

Manuscripts form the second large group of materials. While the bulk of the materials in this group are short essays, typed with handwritten corrections, on economic affairs, there are also a few autobiographical writings and some historical work, notably on Bismarck. The economic manuscripts concern topics such as the world economy and world currency, the Treaty of Rome, and social and economic justice. The remaining materials include a program for Zeitlin's 85th birthday and a bulletin and membership list for the German Jewish university fraternity alumnus organization to which he belonged, the Burschenbunds-Convent.

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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.

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

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Separated Material

Newspaper clippings, scholarly articles, conference proceedings, and several other published or copyrighted items have been removed to the Leon Zeitlin Clippings Collection, AR 4128 C.

Two lectures by Joachim Tiburtius (1963 and 1965) and a lecture by Heinz Kloppenburg (1959) published by the Gesellschaft für christlich jüdische Zusammenarbeit, three issues of Common Ground(1955, 1966), an issue of Bulletin on German questions (1966), and an issue of Die Mahnung (1965) have been removed to the LBI Library Collection.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Leon Zeitlin Collection; AR 4128 ; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Processing History

Collection was inventoried by Turnheim in 1974 and re-processed for digitization by Timothy Ryan Mendenhall 2011.

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Other Finding Aid

The collection's 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:

11Original inventory1974
12Personal and professional correspondence A-L1954-1967
13Personal and professional correspondence M-Z1949-1967
14Professional correspondence regarding the book Life's value in cash and the manuscript Bismarck with related correspondence1962-1967
15Various short manuscripts on economics and human rightscirca 1930-1966
16Various biographical materials, including short memoirs, correspondence, and programs1954-1966
17Bulletin and member list for the Burschenbunds-Convent and Wiener Senioren Convent Jewish fraternity organizations1962, 1966
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