Papers of Rabbi René Hirschler (RG 221)

Language of Description
Alt. Identifiers
  • 2014.336
  • RG-67.045M
1 Jan 1943 - 31 Dec 1943
Level of Description
  • French
EHRI Partner

Extent and Medium

5,568 digital images, JPEG

4 microfilm reels (digitized), 35 mm


Biographical History

Rabbi Rene Hirschler (1905-1945) was a Chief Chaplain for foreign-born Jews in internment camps in the French free zone (1943). Performed relief work in concentration camps, detention and forced labor camps and was active in underground efforts for Jews in hiding. Died in the concentration camp Ebensee a few weeks before the end of the war.

Archival History

Yivo Institute for Jewish Research


Source of acquisition is the Yivo Institute for Jewish Research (YIVO), RG-221. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the collection from YIVO via the United States Holocaust Museum International Archives Project in Dec. 2014.

Scope and Content

The papers of René Hirschler consist of carbon copies of outgoing correspondence from the office of the chief chaplain. Included are letters to the network of regional chaplains and auxiliary chaplains, individuals interned in internment camps, hospitals, in the Groupements de Travailleurs Etrangers (foreign labor battalions). Also included are letters to individuals involved in the effort to provide assistance to foreign Jews in France during World War II; to Vichy government officials and to Jewish and non Jewish organizations. The collection is fragmentary and covers only the last nine months of Rabbi Hirschler’s administrative records, covering the period March 31, 1943 to December 20, 1943.

System of Arrangement

Arranged in one series: Correspondence. Organized chronologically, from March through December 1943, it reflects the original order of the correspondence as it was generated and kept.

Conditions Governing Reproduction

Copyright Holder: Yivo Institute for Jewish Research


Corporate Bodies



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