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The Collected Literary Legacy of Adolf Moritz Steinschneider

The Collected Literary Legacy of Adolf Moritz Steinschneider
The literary legacy of her father Adolf Moritz Steinschneider, collected by Marie-Louise Steinschneider, at present is in large part located at present in the German Exile Archive in Frankfurt-on-Main. The bulk of the collection consists of approximately 30 ring binders and an additional large miscellaneous collection with an estimated 30,000 closely typewritten and handwritten pages.
The largest part of the collection consists of general correspondence, for the most part from the years 1933-44. The private correspondence consists largely of exchanges with his brothers Gustav and Karl, Steinschneider´s companion Eva Reichwein, as well as his children Marie-Louise and Stefan. In addition there is a second large block of correspondence with publishers, political figures, political friends and adversaries.
Perhaps a third of the collection consists of manuscripts and records of political and literary content, including a number of files of abbreviated notes for the comprehensive anthropological study Humanity and Polarity.
The collection also includes numerous documents regarding daily life in exile: programs and handbills for the meetings of the refugees in Paris, petitions, accounts, etc. Under these headings are also to be found documents from pre-1933 political struggles.

a) Family correspondence
This correspondence - especially with brother Gustav - yields a chronicle of survival in exile, especially the importance of family solidarity; it documents the experiences of his life for the brothers in Palestine and the one in France, as well as their political and philosophical discussions.
The many lovingly crafted letters to the children Marie-Louise and Stefan are, together with the photographs, a unique testimony Steinschneider's caring presence, his sympathies and encouragement for his children during years of geographic separation.

b) Correspondence with other people
Steinschneider's surviving correspondence, abundant and numerous for the period after 1933, with publishers, personalities from public life, colleagues and friends, reflects the network he was part of as a refugee.
Among Steinschneider's correspondents, inter alia, are: Alfred Apfel, Paul Bernays, Georg Bernhard, Fritz Brupbacher, Bernard von Brentano, Felix Bressart, Oscar Cohn, Alfred Döblin, Hans Ehrlich, Paul Frölich, Paul Geheeb, E.J. Gumbel, Werner Kraft, Richard Kareski, Robert Liebknecht, Willi Münzenberg, Mynona (Salomo Friedländer), Emil Oprecht, Erwin Piscator, Paul Plauth, Arthur Rosenberg, Kurt Rosenfeld, Katja Ruminoff, Anselm Ruest (Ernst Samuel), Ignazio Silone, Gottfried Salomon und Adrien Turel.
Typescripts and manuscripts
(All mss. in German; titles only have been translated here for reference-Trans. Note.)

I. Humanity and Polarity: Most unsorted with preliminary work and miscellaneous drafts for the planned book.

II. Other texts (selected; grouped by subject)

A. On Marxism, Stalinism, Fascism…

  • Critique of the Constitution of the Soviet Union
  • Changing Movements into Institutions
  • Challenging the Outcome of the Russian Revolution of 1917 - Twenty Years Later
  • Russia - The Sociological Sphinx
  • Lecture, "Critical Analysis of the Soviet Union"
  • Otto Bauer, The Illegal Party. Lecture and critique.
  • By decision of the VIIIth Extraordinary Soviet Congress, Dec. 5, 1936
  • The Process of Transformation of the Soviet Union into a Military Dictatorship
  • Comparative Legal Analysis of the New Constitution of the USSR and Those of Other Modern Democracies
  • We Who Absorbed Marxism Not with Mother's Milk, but at Least with Our ABC's
  • The Fascist Movement - whatever one relationship to it, it may claim to be changing the face of the old


  • Politics and Crime
  • Two Kinds of People!
  • Maximum Subsistence, Minimum Subsistence and Relishing Life
  • The Mystery of the Rapid Growth of the Hitler Movement, its Mass Character, its diffuse Content, as an

Analytical Problem

  • Reminiscence (on Dietrich Eckart)
  • Insomnia (on Fascism)
  • Civil Liberties: Their Evolution and Decline
  • The Mysteries of the Evolution and Expansion of Power
  • On the Leopold Schwarzschild Debate: Thomas Mann on Europe´s New Order
  • After the war (in the new diary, Volume 46, from Nov. 11, 1939.
  • A New Task Emerging," in Neuen Tagebuch ["New Diary"] Issues 31 and 32
  • I'd like to state as follows...
  • (Debate with Georg Bernhard)
  • Excerpts from Franz Oppenheimer's
  • Der Staat"
  • The State
  • Atomic Mode, Light Quantum, Dictatorship, Democracy (1940)
  • The Question; Whether One Can Press for a Jewish Policy
  • Changes in the German Jewish Population since Early1933

B. On the Housing Movement

  • On the Idea of Cooperative Building-and-Loan Banking
  • Basis for Support and Advancement of the Homestead Movement in Europe. The Significance of the Homestead Movement.
  • Problems of Recreational Activities

C. Miscellaneous Subjects

  • On the Freudian Analysis of Odette Pennetiers (July 23, 1936)
  • Description of a Brief Municipal Anti-aircraft Exercise (Paris)
  • On the Origins of Religion and Abstract Ideas of God
  • On Humanism
  • Thoughts about Marriage (May 5, 1935)
  • The "Isms" and Man)
  • Handwritten notes from the Mauriac Internment Camp, Oct. 4, 1941)

D. Literary Texts

  • Sylvia, the Seven-Year-Old Daughter of Great Parisian Industrialist (Novel)
  • Fable
  • Unititled (Play)
  • Technique and Art / Car and Piano / Art is a Car, the Piano is Merrier
  • Privy Counselor, Widower, Elderly Eminence
  • Dream of a Life, (Sketsch)
  • New Dreamplay (Play)
  • Katzmann (Novel)
  • The Secret Page

[Translated from the German by David M. Fishlow, Washington DC, USA, a distant relative of Steinschneider's mother Léopoldine, née Fischlowitz.]<