Memoir collection.

Language of Description
Alt. Identifiers
  • ME
Level of Description
EHRI Partner

Extent and Medium

Over 2000 (digitised) memoirs.

Scope and Content

The Memoir collection of the Leo Baeck Institute holds thousands of mostly unpublished autobiographical accounts and memoirs. Around a quarter of them were written by women. Searching the Center for Jewish History database, we find that the descriptions of a few dozens of memoirs contain the words such as “Belgium”, “Brussels”, “Antwerp” etc. The memoirs relevant for this guide contain descriptions of, for example, life in Belgium (mostly in the interwar period), emigration to and temporary residence in Belgium after 1933, the situation of the German-Jewish refugees in Belgium, experiences during the war (hiding, arrest, deportation, life in the concentration camps), … Some manuscripts describe events for which information is rather scarce – see for example the diary of Philipp Schlesinger (ME 569), depicting his experiences as a German-Jewish soldier in Belgium and France during the First World War.

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This description is derived directly from structured data provided to EHRI by a partner institution. This collection holding institution considers this description as an accurate reflection of the archival holdings to which it refers at the moment of data transfer.