Guide to the Joshua Hochstein Papers
1932-1980

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Collection Overview

Creator: Hochstein, Joshua
Title: Joshua Hochstein papers
Dates: 1932-1980
Size: 17.0 Linear feet
Number of Boxes:34 manuscript boxes
Abstract:The collection contains the correspondence, research materials, and publications of Joshua Hochstein, an independent scholar and educator, who collected an abundance of material on the Jewish communities in Latin America, Spain and Portugal, Jewish life and practices, branches of Christianity, Latin American affairs, and Jewish-Christian relations. Hochstein's correspondence with leaders of various faiths about religious issues is also included in the collection.
Languages:Materials are in English, Hebrew, Spanish, Portuguese, and Yiddish.
Call No: 1999.008

About This Guide

Finding aid encoded July, 2009

Revised for additions to the collection, March 2016.

Finding aid encoded in English.

Biographical Note

Joshua Hochstein was a Jewish educator, scholar and lecturer. Hochstein was born in New York City in 1898. He taught foreign languages to students at several New York City public high schools, including Hebrew at Evander Childs High School and Spanish at the DeWitt Clinton High School. Hochstein studied the revival of Jewish life in the Spanish-speaking world, and lectured widely on the subject at conferences, synagogues, and several universities. He wrote for publications in several languages, and served as the first correspondent in Cuba for Der Tag, the Yiddish-language newspaper. Hochstein formed the Pan-American Student League of New York in 1931, creating a network of over 75 clubs across New York City public high schools that foster ties with the Spanish language and culture of Latin America. He also worked for the American Jewish Committee's Latin American desk, writing and publishing newspapers for the Jewish communities of Latin America.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains the correspondence, research materials, and publications of Joshua Hochstein. Hochstein, an independent scholar and educator, collected an abundance of material on the Jewish communities in Latin America, Spain and Portugal, Jewish life and practices, branches of Christianity, Latin American affairs, and Jewish-Christian relations. His correspondence with leaders of various faiths about religious issues is also included in the collection.

The bulk of the collection consists of Hochstein's research materials. They include newspaper clippings, articles, booklets, photographs, scrapbooks, and research notes relating to Hochstein's areas of interest. Hochstein collected articles written by himself and others on anti-Semitism, the Arab-Israeli conflict, Jewish communities in the Diaspora, among his many other research topics. He accumulated articles and newspaper clippings on Jewish religious movements, Jewish history and culture, the Yiddish and Ladino languages, Sephardic Jewry, anti-Semitism, Christian groups, and Jewish-Christian relations.

Hochstein corresponded with many indivuals about his research interests. Correspondence includes letters exchanged with Christian leaders Reverend Howard A. Johnson, Sister Shirley Sedawie, and Reverend E. Lee Hancock, as well as Henry V. Besso, the scholar of Sephardic Jewry and founder of the American Society of Sephardic Studies at Yeshiva University. Hochstein's correspondence with members of the Latin American Jewish community, numerous friends of his and his wife's, and Joseph Laitin, a White House press secretary is also included.

The collection abounds with material accumulated by Hochstein on Latin American and Pan American affairs. These include articles, newsletters, correspondence, materials related to politics and culture in Latin America, and on educational and cultural initiatives to promote a greater sense of unity and goodwill among the American countries. The collection includes correspondence and memos related to Hochstein's involvement with the United States Office of Education and its inter-American activities, as well as with the United Nations regarding its initiative to start a United Nations High School.

Hochstein's involvement in the Pan American Student League is documented in the collection. The collection includes articles and clippings relating to the founding and development of the League, together with memos, correspondence, and publications from the organization.

Some personal material consists of letters between Hochstein and his wife Fannie, some financial statements, and articles on Fannie Hochstein's artwork. Miscellaneous items include copies of several publications, conversion handbooks from various Jewish groups, and various material on the Jewish community in the United States.

Index Terms

This collection has been indexed under the following terms:

Organizations:
American Society of Sephardic Studies
Pan American Student League
United Nations
United States Office of Education
Yeshiva University. Sephardic Studies Program
Persons:
Besso, Henry V.
Hancock, E. Lee, (Eugenia Lee)
Hochstein, Fannie
Johnson, Howard A., 1893-1974
Laitin, Joseph, 1914-2002
Maimonides, Moses, 1135-1204
Sedawie, Shirley
Spinoza, Benedictus de, 1632-1677
Places:
Latin America -- Ethnic relations
Latin America -- Relations -- United States
Spain -- Ethnic relations
United States -- Relations -- Latin America
Subjects:
Antisemitism
Arab-Israeli conflict
Christianity
Conversion -- Judaism
Fasts and feasts -- Judaism
Hebrew language
Jewish diaspora
Jewish educators -- United States
Jewish sects
Jews -- Israel
Jews -- Italy
Jews -- Japan
Jews -- Latin America
Jews -- Portugal
Jews -- Spain
Jews -- United States
Judaism -- Customs and practices
Judaism -- Relations -- Christianity
Ladino language -- History
Ladino literature
Sephardim -- History
Women in Judaism
Yiddish language
Document Types:
Articles
Clippings
Correspondence
Memorandums
Newsletters
Periodicals
Photographs
Printed ephemera
Research notes
Scrapbooks

Conditions Governing Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is available to researchers deemed to be qualified by the Archivist.

Conditions Governing Use

Restrictions may apply concerning the use, photoduplication, or publication of materials in this collection. Please contact the Curator of Special Collections for information regarding Yeshiva University's reproduction policies and fees.