Guide to the Papers of Lotte Strauss
(1913-) 1868, 1933-2005

AR 25287

Processed by Yakov Sklar

Leo Baeck Institute

Center for Jewish History

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New York, N.Y. 10011

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Yakov Sklar in August 2008. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Strauss, Lotte
Title: Lotte Strauss Collection
Dates:1868, 1933-2005
Dates:bulk 1933-2005
Abstract: The Lotte Strauss Collection documents Lotte and Herbert Strauss’ efforts to leave Germany, their experience in Switzerland and the fate of Lotte Strauss’ family during World War II. The collection includes clippings, eye-witness accounts, personal and official correspondence, vital, and immigration documents, lists, photographs, audio-visual materials, reports, and manuscripts.
Languages: The collection is in German with some English and French.
Quantity: 1 linear foot
Identification: AR 25287
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute
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Biographical Note

Lotte Strauss, neé Schloss, was born on August 2nd 1913 in Braunschweig, Germay. During World War II, between 1942 and 1943 she was in hiding in Berlin. In 1943, along with her future husband, herbert Strauss, she escaped to Switzerland, with the help of her uncle, Ludwig Shöneberg.

In 1946 the Strauss family immigrated to the Unitetes States and settled in New York where Lotte Strauss held a position of a secratery at the New York State League of Women Voters.

In 1997, Lotte Strauss published Over the Green Hill: Personal Memoir, Germany 1913-43.

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Scope and Content Note

The Lotte Strauss Collection documents Lotte and Herbert Strauss’ efforts to leave Germany, their experience in Switzerland and the fate of Lotte Strauss’ family during World War II.

The collection includes clippings, eye-witness accounts, personal and official correspondence, vital, and immigration documents, lists, photographs, audio-visual materials, reports, and manuscripts.

Materials pertaining to Lotte Strauss include vital and other documents, personal correspondence and correspondence with the publisher regarding her memoirs, and genealogical information on her family.

Additionally, there is a substantial body of documents that shed light on Lotte Strauss uncle’s, Ludwig Shöneberg, involvement in assisting Lotte and Herbert Strauss as well other Jews in escaping from Germany after the outbreak of World War II.

The bulk of the materials consist of correspondence with individuals helping Ludwig Shöneberg. There are also materials pertaining to the Swiss Intelligence which includes Shöneberg's reports and correspondence.

Furthermore, this collection includes materials relevant to Wolfenbüttel, a town in Lower Saxony, Germany which consists of manuscripts, clippings, lists, and a registry.

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Arrangement

This collection is divided into 5 series:

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Access and Use

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`

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

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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Related Material

Herbert Strauss Collection Leo Baeck Institute, NY

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Separated Material

Photographs have been removed to the LBI Photo Collection. Books have been removed to the LBI Library. Artifacts have been removed to the LBI Art Library.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Lotte Strauss Collection; AR 25287; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Container List

 

Series I: Strauss, Lotte, 1933-2005

This series is in German with some French and English.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

This series includes materials dealing with Lotte Strauss and consists of personal and official correspondence, correspondence with her publisher, Metropol Verlag; vital and other documents, and printed materials.

The bulk of the materials in this series pertain to Lotte Strauss efforts to leave Germany and to her experience in a camp in Switzerland.

BoxFolderTitleDate
11Correspondence, official 1942
  

fake marriage

 
12Documents 1933-1946
13König-Wolf, Hannelore, correspondence 2004-2005
14Kuessner, Dietrich, correspondence 1999
15Metropol Verlag, correspondence1996-1997
16Rettung am Bodensee2005
  

article about L. Strauss

 
17Swiss reception camp1943
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Series II: Family Members, 1868-2005

This series is in German with some Hebrew and French.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

This series includes materials pertaining to Lotte Strauss’ family on her maternal side as well as some materials dealing with her husband, Herbert Strauss. Included here are vital documents such as birth and death certificates, personal and legal correspondence.

Also included here are instruction for Herbert Strauss on crossing the Swiss border and his intelligence reports, a manuscript by Ilse Voigt, Angst vor Berlin, and some printed materials.

BoxFolderTitleDate
18Bassevi, Joseph, privileges granted by Ferdinand II undated
19Busch, Ralph, Ein Nachwort undated
110Falkenstein family, legal correspondence undated
111Falkenstein, Friedeike, birth certificate 1889
112Schloss, Johanna, declaration of property 1943
113Schloss, Johanna and Louis, immigration efforts 1942
114Schloss, Nathan, correspondence 1940
115Schöneberg, Coppel, death certificate 1939
116 Schöneberg, Coppel, correspondence with H. Koenig1868
117Schöneberg, Jeanette, birth certificate 1883, 1950s
118Schöneberg, Jeanette, birth certificate 1939, 1957
119Strauss, Herbert, obituaries 2005
120Strauss, Herbert, intelligence reports 1943
121Strauss, Herbert, instruction how to cross the Swiss border 1943
122Voigt, Ilse 1971
  

Angst vor Berlin, manuscript

 
123Voigt, Ilse, exhibit information undated, 1971-1993
124Voigt, Ilse, reproductions undated
125Spritzenhaus M. Schönbergundated
  

photograph

 
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Series III: Geneology, 1966-1999

This series is in German with some English.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

This series includes genealogical materials related to Lotte Strauss on her maternal side.

BoxFolderTitleDate
126Basch (Baussevi) family undated, 1973
127Brilling, B., correspondence 1966
128Correspondence 1980-1999
129Family trees undated, 1993
  

Reis family and other

 
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Series IV: Shöneberg, Ludwig, 1937-2004

This series is in German with some French.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

This series includes materials pertaining to Lotte Strauss’ uncle, Ludwig Schönebrg, who was instrumental in Strauss’ family escape from Germany, as well as in saving twenty eight Jews from Germany.

The bulk of the materials in this section consists of correspondence with individuals helping Ludwig Shöneberg in saving Lotte and Herbert Strauss along with other Jews. There are also materials pertaining to the Swiss Intelligence which includes Shöneberg's reports and correspondence.

Additionally, there is correspondence with and Nathan Wolf and about his rehabilitation by the Swiss government. Nathan Wolf was helping Ludwig Shöneberg during the war in his efforts to save Jews, and was jailed for a couple of month by the Swiss authorities.

BoxFolderTitleDate
135Correspondence, personal 1937-1938
136Correspondence 1943
137Duplicates of individual files undated, 1942-1944
138Federal Swiss Police Department 1943
139Friedrich, Jean, correspondence 1942-1944
140Intelligence contributions undated
141International Red Cross, correspondence 1943
142Jankowiak, Willi Frieda, correspondence 1945
143Keller, correspondence 1944-1945
144Keller, correspondence 1944-1945
145Meuron, M., correspondence 1943
146Reports to Swiss counter-intelligence 1945
147Union de Banques Suisses 1942-1943
148Vital documents 1938
149Wolf, N., Seeman, J., correspondence 1943-1953
150Wolf, N., Seeman, J., correspondence 1952-1953, 2004
151Zayde, Mayer undated, 1945
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Series V: Wolfenbüttel, 1978-1996

This series is in German.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

This series includes materials relevant to Wolfenbüttel, a town in Lower Saxony, Germany.

Included here are manuscripts, clippings, lists, and a registry.

BoxFolderTitleDate
152Busch, Ralph1994
  

Der Jüdische Friedhof in Wolfenbüttel

 
153Clippings 1978, 1996
154Kuessner, Dietrich1998
  

Juden, Kirche und Bischöfein in Wolfenbüttel

 
155Persecuted Jews1983
  

list

 
156Registry of Jews 1998
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Series VI: Other Materials, 1942-1981

This series is in German with some English.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

This series consists of various materials including eye-witness account, documentary film and other

BoxFolderTitleDate
157Hochschule fuür die Wissenschaftdes Judentumundated, 2002
  

list

 
158Unsortedundated, 1942-1952
Box TitleDate
A/V We Were German Jews1981
  

documentary

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
159Warsaw Ghettoundated
  

eye-witnes account

 
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