Jacobsohn Collection on Germany between the Wars
Papers of Dr. Leo Jacobsohn (1881-1944). The papers consist of the many collections of predominantly print ephemera that Jacobsohn gathered throughout the time he lived in Berlin. Dating mostly from 1914-1933, the collections include World War I materials (including ration cards, ration appeals, official paperwork, newspapers, and more) as well as materials from the inter-war Weimar period (especially political flyers and election materials). Overall, Jacobsohn's collections reflect German officialdom, shortages, inflation, and the rise of National Socialism from the perspective of a well-connected doctor in Germany's cultural, political, and social center. Jacobsohn was born in Putzig (former Prussia) and received his degree as a Doctor of Medicine in 1905 from the University of Freiburg. In 1914, he joined the staff of Moabit Hospital in Berlin and developed a private practice in the city for internal medicine and neuropsychiatry. One of Jacobsohn's main hobbies was collecting print ephemera, and he began a collection of newspaper clippings in the months leading up to World War I. After World War I ended, Jacobsohn continued to collect posters, newspaper, pamphlets, and flyers; he eventually gathered a huge variety of materials regarding the post-war German revolution of 1918-1919 as well as propaganda and ephemera from the many political parties of the Weimar era (1919-1933). Once Hitler came to power in 1933, Jacobsohn all but stopped collecting. In 1938, Jacobsohn left Berlin for Los Angeles, where he died in 1944.
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