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Key Documents of German‐Jewish History from the AJA

The American Jewish Archives has made the following two documents available in connection with the Institute for the History of the German Jews, Hamburg website, "Key Documents of German‐Jewish History: A Digital Source Edition".

Jacob H. Schiff letter to Max Warburg, 28 January 1915

Jacob H. Schiff (1847-1920) was one of the wealthiest and most influential men of his generation. Born in Frankfurt, Schiff immigrated to the U.S. where he achieved great success and renown as a banker, financier and philanthropist. In this 1915 letter to fellow German émigré and financier, Max Warburg (1867-1946), Schiff – even at the height of his power and influence - expresses the tensions felt by many German American Jews during the First World War when faced with whispers of dual-loyalty and suspicion of German sympathy, both in their personal and business affairs.

Jacob Sonderling - This Is My Life

Rabbi Jacob Sonderling (1878-1964), a pioneer Zionist and friend of Theodor Herzl, was born in Silesia. Sonderling had two distinct careers - as a rabbi in Germany and the U.S. While rabbi of the Solomon Temple in Hamburg from 1908-1923, Sonderling served as a chaplain in the German army during World War I. Immigrating to the U.S. in 1923, he then had a long and distinguished rabbinic career in Chicago and Los Angeles. In this excerpt from his autobiographical notes, Sonderling provides what Sarah Panter calls “insight into a life shaped by migration and the search for belonging.”

Source: Jacob H. Schiff Papers, MS-456, Box 444, Folder 16. American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Source: Jacob Sonderling Papers, MS-582, Box 1, Folder 7. American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio.

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