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Hirsch family documents


Reference code(s): GB 1556 WL 1120

Held at: Wiener Library

Title: Hirsch family documents

Date(s): 1934-1957

Level of description: collection

Extent: 1 folder

Name of creator(s): Hirsch family


Administrative/Biographical history:

Jonni Hirsch was a Jewish 'Mischling', a term used during the Third Reich for a person deemed to have partial Jewish ancestry. He and certain members on the Jewish side family were from Kiel. These papers are evidence of the way in which the lives of Jews in a German city became ever more difficult as a consequence of growing antisemitism. The Hirsch family was an old established Jewish family emanating from Denmark. Jonni Hirsch's grandfather, Wolf Hirsch, was president of the local Jewish community and instrumental in the building of a Kiel synagogue. Jonni Hirsch was imprisoned on 12 November 1938, 2 days after Kristallnacht, and described as a Jew. Little is know about the family after 1938, however in 1957 Jonni Hirsch lived in Kiel and it is believed that his earlier home in Fischerstr was bombed during the war.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of the Hirsch Family, 1934-1957, comprise personal and family papers of Jonni Hirsch including the copies of Abraham Hirsch's 19th century war record, c 1935; permit to leave the concentration camp Sachsenhausen and a certificate issued by the chief of police, Kiel, which describes Jonni Hirsch as a Mischling I Grade, therefore not classified as Jewish, according to German law 1, 1938.


Language/scripts of material: German

System of arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies can be made for personal use. Permission must be sought for publication.

Finding aids:

A detailed description exists on the Wiener Library's online catalogue



Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Donated by George Clare, 1993.



Archivist's note: Compiled by Samantha Velumyl.

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: March 2008

Antisemitism | Racial discrimination
Jews | Religious groups
Racial segregation | Interethnic relations

Personal names
Hirsch family

Corporate names
Sachesenhausen concentration camp

Kiel | Germany | Western Europe | Europe
Schleswig-Holstein | Germany | Western Europe | Europe