Helmut Hirsch Collection Edit


11 MWalB02140


  • 1916-1997 (Creation)
  • 1930-1937 (Creation)
  • Date acquired: 1997 (Other)


  • 5.00 Linear Feet (Whole)
  • 9 manuscript boxes, 1 oversized roll of sketches, 1 film reel other_unmapped (Whole)

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  • Arrangement

    Arranged in seven series: 1. Correspondence, 1933-1997; 2. Creative Work by Helmut Hirsch, 1924-1994; 3. Media and Critical Work about Helmut Hirsch, 1937-1997; 4. School Records, 1916-1937; 5. Death Sentence and Citizenship Records, 1935-1937;  6. Photographs, 1921-1936; Books, 1928-1984.

    For more information about each series, please consult the series descriptions in the box and folder listing.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University. Please contact the department for more information.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Requests to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.

  • Source of Acquisition

    Donated by Katherine Sugarman (nee Hirsch) in 1997. Photo of Rabbi David Hirsh donated by Dorothy Broadman in 2020.

  • Other Descriptive Information

    Addenda to this collection may not be listed in the finding aid, but may be available for research use. Please contact us for more information.

  • Related Materials

    A religious journal by Rabbi David Hirsh, great grandfather of Helmut Hirsch, is also available in the University Archives & Special Collections department.[Call number: Rare PostMs BM755 .H465]

  • Scope and Contents

    This collection contains correspondence by Helmut Hirsch and members of the Hirsch family; short stories, poems, sketches, and other creative work by Hirsch; scholarly and popular media materials describing Hirsch's life; government and legal documents regarding Hirsch's death sentence and attempt to be recognized as an American citizen; scrapbooks, diaries, and photographs made and compiled by Hirsch and his family; and books written about Hirsch. Many of the German-language materials in the collection have been translated into English by Katherine Hirsch (Hirsch's sister).  For clarity's sake, several variants of Ms. Hirsch's name (Catherine Hirsch, Catherine Sugarman, Katherine Sugarman, Katie Hirsch, etc.) have been changed to "Katherine Hirsch" unless the alternative sobriquets appear in the original document title.

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