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Welcome to the Max I. Bodenheimer Archive

The Central Zionist Archives and the Society for the Commemoration of Max I. Bodenheimer and Hannah Henriette Bodenheimer are happy to present the unique papers of Max I. Bodenheimer, one of the leaders of the German Zionist Movement from its early beginnings. The fascinating documents, correspondence and photographs in this archive, illustrate important aspects of the history of the Zionist Movement from its inception until the 1930s.

The archive contains Bodenheimer's correspondence with Theodor Herzl which reflects their friendship and close collaboration in Zionist affairs. It also comprises Bodenheimer's correspondence with the major figures of the German Zionist Federation and the World Zionist Organization, his activities on behalf of the Jewish National Fund and involvement in various Jewish public activities, in particular his participation in the Komitee fuer den Osten and in the Council of the Jewish Community in Cologne and later on in the Revisionist Movement. It contains numerous articles and speeches on a wide range of Zionist subjects as well as notes on his published and unpublished works.

The papers also comprise Bodenheimer's personal correspondence, diaries and documents concerning his professional activities as a lawyer, and the archives of his wife Rosa and of their children Hannah Henriette, Ruth and Fritz Bodenheimer.

In this site you can browse through the extensive list of files of the papers of Max Bodenheimer, access background information about his biography, and enjoy pictures of Bodenheimer and his family in the photo album. The archives are stored at the Central Zionist archives. The material has been scanned and may be accessed on the website of the CZA.

Max I. Bodenheimer (Stuttgart, 1865-Jerusalem, 1940) was a lawyer in Cologne and one of the main figures in German Zionism. Close to Theodor Herzl, he was the first president of the Zionist Federation of Germany and one of the founders of the Jewish National Fund. After his flight in 1933 from Nazi Germany, and a short sojourn in Holland, he settled in Palestine in 1935.

According to the will of Max Bodenheimer's late daughter, Hannah Henriette, the Society for the Commemoration of Max I. Bodenheimer and Hannah Henriette Bodenheimer was established, in order to commemorate Bodenheimer's contribution to Zionism and involvement in Jewish affairs.