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THE HERBERT FROMM ADDENDUM
AT THE LIBRARY OF THE JEWISH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
arranged and described by ELIOTT KAHN, D.M.A.,
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Handbill. Concert by the orchestra of the Kulturbund Deutscher Juden, Frankfurt am Main. March 4, 1935. (The conductor later became known as William Steinberg.) (Box 29, folder 6)
Received after the original Herbert Fromm Collection was catalogued, The Herbert Fromm Addendum consists of additional papers and music scores of Herbert Fromm that were donated to the library between September 1996 and June 1997. Fromm's widow, Leni Steinberg Fromm, died on March 20, 1997. The Fromm Addendum was shipped inside two boxes and three large manila envelopes. It includes Herbert Fromm's awards and honorary diplomas, 1971-1994; a scrapbook (dismantled for preservation purposes) of Fromm's sixty-fifth birthday concert, 1970; some manuscript, published, and orchestral scores, 1934-1982; Fromm's published articles and manuscript essays, 1933-1988; correspondence organized alphabetically into a looseleaf binder, 1951-1963; additional correspondence in German and English, 1933-1988; and programs of musical events, 1924-1970.
Of special significance are the many printed programs from Jewish ensembles in Frankfurt am Main that Fromm composed music for or performed with from September 1933 until his emigration in January 1937 (Box 29, folders 6-8). These organizations were created to provide employment for Jewish artists forced out of work by the new National Socialist government in April 1933. Among them were: the Gesellschaft für jüdische Volksbildung, the Jüdischer Kammer-Chor, Frankfurt am Main, Die jüdischer Tonkünstler Frankfurts, and the Kulturbund deutscher Juden, Bezirk Rhein-Main. The Kulturbund deutscher Juden (Cultural League of German Jews) was the original name given to the German-Jewish cultural organization that was established in Berlin in July 1933. Other regional chapters were formed shortly after, including one for the Frankfurt/ Rhein-Main district. On the same day that the Nuremberg Laws of September 15, 1935 deprived German Jews of their citizenship, all these separate chapters were incorporated under the newly-created Reichsverband der Jüdischen Kulturbünde in Deutschland. From this time on, all German-Jewish cultural organizations had to belong to this umbrella organization that was under the control of the Ministry of Propaganda and Gestapo.
I. Archival Material, 1924-1988
- Subject files, Programs, 1924-1970
- Awards, Diplomas, 1971-1994
- Correspondence, 1933-1988
- Published and unpublished writings, 1933-1988
Program. Concert by the Jüdischer Kammerchor and Kulturbund-Orchester under the auspices of the Jüdischer Kulturbund Bezirk Rhein-Main. November 7, . (Box 29, folder8)
II. Musical Scores, 1934-1982
Only published and unpublished scores not found in the original Herbert Fromm Collection are catalogued. Although the Fromm Addendum contains some manuscript scores composed by Fromm in Germany, ca. 1934, the bulk of his unpublished German music (including his work for the State theatres, 1930-1933, and the Kulturbund, 1934-1936) can be found in the Herbert Fromm Collection.
Note: All the musical scores and published books may be accessed through the JTS Library Catalog (Search under "Fromm, Herbert" or title)
—Eliott Kahn, D.M.A., 2002
Items marked with * indicates Fromm's original title.