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 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range of Zionist subjects as well as notes on his published and unpublished works.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.