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LEVENBERG, Dr Schneier, fl 1930-1991, Zionist


Reference code(s): GB 0097 LEVENBERG

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: LEVENBERG, Dr Schneier, fl 1930-1991, Zionist

Date(s): 1939-1991

Level of description: collection

Extent: 48 boxes

Name of creator(s): Levenberg | Schneier | fl 1930-1991 | Dr | Zionist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born in the Soviet Union, but moved to Latvia at the age of 14; active in Jewish and socialist circles in Latvia, Berlin and Poland; settled in London during the 1930s; Head of Jewish Agency's Research Department, 1939-1948; editor, Zionist Review, 1941-1948; instrumental in the affiliation of Poale Zion to the British Zionist Federation, 1942; following World War Two, Levenberg was a strong supporter of the creation of a Jewish state; Member, Middle East Committee of the Labour Party; Member, Socialist International; Treasurer, British Overseas Fellowship; Member, Jewish Board of Deputies, 1943-; writer on Jewish history and politics. Publications: The enigma of Soviet Jewry (Glenvil Group, Hull, 1991); The Board and Zion (Rare Times, Hull, 1985).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Dr Schneier Levenberg, 1939-1988, including material relating to Poale Zion, 1939-1985, such as Poale Zion Annual Conference papers, correspondence and papers of worldwide Zionist groups and conferences, documents relating to the Zionist movement during World War Two, and Labour Party Resolutions relating to Jewish settlement in Palestine; material relating to Socialist International, 1951-1981, comprising minutes, resolutions, conference papers, reports, and resolutions on the Middle East; papers relating to the Labour Party and Jewish issues, 1937-1982, including press cuttings, correspondence, and papers of the Middle East Sub-Committee; material collated by Levenberg for research and journalism, 1947-1970, on subjects including Poland, Zionist personalities, and British political parties; general papers, 1940-1988, including Yiddish newpapers, offprints, publications, UN resolutions relating to the Middle East, and correspondence.


Language/scripts of material: English, Yiddish

System of arrangement:

The original deposit is arranged in the following sections: Poale Zion, Socialist International, Labour Party, research and journalism, and general papers. The later deposit has not yet been listed

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Conditions governing reproduction:

Most items can be photocopied, subject to handling and copyright restrictions. No material may be published without the prior permission of both the copyright holder and the Library. All applications for publication must be made to the Archivist in the first instance, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user.

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Finding aids:

Catalogue for original deposit available from Archives staff. No additional finding aids for second deposit


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Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Original deposit given by Mr Elliot, of the Labour Friends of Israel, in 1992. Additional papers given by the family in 2005


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Archivist's note: Sources: British Library of Political and Economic Science Archives catalogue. British Library On-Line Public Access Catalogue 97. Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Updated by Anna Towlson, Apr 2008

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Nov 2000; updated by Anna Towlson, Apr 2008

Socialism | Collectivism | Political doctrines
Zionism | Political doctrines

Personal names
Levenberg | Schneier | fl 1930-1991 | Dr | zionist

Corporate names
Conservative Party
Labour Party
Liberal Party
Poale Zion | Russian socialist Zionist group
Socialist International
UN | United Nations x United Nations

Israel | Middle East
Palestine | Middle East
Poland | Eastern Europe