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Hermann Pineas letters

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: 11-MWalB02917

Content Description

This collection is comprised of 15 letters written by German ex-pat Herman O. Pineas (of New York, NY) to Noreen Leibson over the course of many months, beginning with the first letter dated August 31, 1982 to the final dated October 19, 1983. The two became friends as Pineas frequently retreated to a resort where Leibson worked in upstate New York. In approximately four of the letters, Pineas writes about his life throughout the First World War and Second World War as well as his experiences of persecution at the hands of the Nazis, and his escape (two times) from the Gestapo in Vienna in 1943. It is also mentioned that by various means he was saved from the concentration camps.


  • August 31, 1982 to October 19, 1983


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.


15 Letters (15 letters stored in 1 half manuscript box)

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The letters are arranged chronologically.

Acquisitions Note

Donated by Noreen Leibson, October 14, 2015

Related Materials

Hermann Pineas Collection, 1878-1975, is available at the Leo Baeck Institute, LBI Archives.

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Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

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