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 and with the major figures of the Zionist movment. It also comprises Bodenheimer's activities on behalf of the Jewish National Fund and involvement in various Jewish public activities. It contains numerous articles and speeches as well as notes on his published and unpublished works.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.

According to the will of Max Bodenheimer's late daughter, Hannah Henriette, the Bodenheimer Society was established in 1993. Its aims are to commemorate Bodenheimer's contribution to Zionism, as well as research of various subjects connected to German Zionism, the contribution of German-speaking Jews to the development of Israel, the condition of Jews in Eastern Europe and their emigration to the West and to Israel.

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