Inventory of the Max Koppelmann papers

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Inventory of the Max Koppelmann papers

Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, California
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Hoover Institution Archives Staff
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Machine-readable finding aid derived from MARC record by Elizabeth Phillips.
© 2012 Hoover Institution Archives. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Title: Max Koppelmann papers
Dates: undated
Collection Number: 2012C23
Creator: Koppelmann, Max, 1882-
Collection Size: 6 digital files (13.5 MB)
Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Memoirs and photographs, relating to the Jewish community in Russia, Germany and Palestine.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Languages: English

Administrative Information


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [File name], Max Koppelmann papers, Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2012.


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Biographical Note

Max Koppelmann was a Russian Jewish émigré in Germany. He was born in the Russian Empire (Mogilev) in 1882 and lived in Moscow and St. Petersburg prior to the turn of the century. In 1901 he became a student at the Warsaw Polytechnic. Between 1907 and 1914 he was involved in the family business: grain trade and breweries. In the course of the First World War, Koppelmann engaged in the production of munitions. Koppelmann left Russia during the Civil War and settled in Berlin (by 1921), where he lived until 1936, at which time he left Germany altogether.

Scope and Content of Collection

The memoirs concern Jewish life in Russia, the revolutionary movement in the early 1900s (especially student attitudes), and the 1917 revolution. For the 1920s and 1930s, the memoirs detail the growing difficulties Jews experienced in Germany. A good portion of the memoirs is devoted to the author's 1935 trip to Palestine, which he describes in great detail.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Collection Contents

Reading room workstation

Memoirs undated


"The Memoirs of Max Kopelmann" undated

Physical Description: 159 pages


Edited and translated from the German by Gabrielle Kopelman, with one section translated from the Russian by Julia Kosich. Note on page one: "There are two extant manuscripts of the memoirs of Max Kopelmann--one in German, the other in Russian (Cyrillic). Both manuscripts have been donated to the 42St. N.Y. Public Library's Slavonic Division. The German ms. has been translated into English by Gabrielle Kopelman, and excerpts from this English translation have been published in Revolutionary Russia. For the most part, with only minimal differences, the chronology and material of the Russian ms. run parallel to the German one. The exception, (see The Years 1933-36, p.97-142) translated by Julia Kosich, deals with a period in M.K.'s life in the Thirties, not found in the German ms." File name: the_complete_max_memoirs.doc

"What I Know of My Ancestors [In Order To Complement My Diaries]" undated

Physical Description: 27 pages


Edited and translated by Gabrielle Kopelman. File name: max_anc.doc

Gabrielle Kopelman "My Cousin Alex" undated

Physical Description: 10 pages


Max Koppelmann's older son, Alexander Kopelmann, was tried and sentenced as a communist in Berlin in 1937, and at the end of his sentence in 1942, was killed in Mauthausen. Note on page one: "The following is an account of the fate of Max Koppelmann's oldest son, Alex, as far as I--Gabrielle Kopelman--know it either by my own recollections, by way of hearing about it from my parents, or from the memoirs of Max Koppelman. MK's two original manuscripts of his memoirs, one in Russian, one in German, are now in the Slavonic Department of the NY 42 Street Public Library. In 1962, Alex's family in Israel published a small book of Alex's letters from prison, in the original German and in Hebrew. I have a copy, and so does the Leo Beck Institute." Includes embedded photograph. File name: alex_recollections_etc.doc
Reading room workstation

Photographs undated

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Digitized copies of sepia and black and white photographic prints of Kopelman family. In the image of S. Koppelmann and sons, Max Koppelman is on the right. The image of the Koppelmann daughters should be labeled "Eugenia Koppelmann, her daughters and daughter-in-law." The woman standing in back to the left is Zima, the wife of Max Koppelmann.