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Helmut Hirsch Collection

Identifier: 11-MWalB02140

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.


  • 1916-1997
  • Majority of material found in 1930-1937
  • Other: Date acquired: 1997


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.


5.00 Linear Feet

9 manuscript boxes, 1 oversized roll of sketches, 1 film reel other_unmapped

Language of Materials



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.

Source of Acquisition

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

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]

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.

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Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

About Us

The Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department at Brandeis University consists of two collecting units, the University Archives and Special Collections. University Archives documents the history and development of Brandeis University and its faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Special Collections features a broad array of unique primary source materials across a wide range of disciplines that support research, teaching and learning at Brandeis. Learn more about our collections