Ludwig Vogelstein

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Ludwig Vogelstein
Ludwig Vogelstein

February 3, 1871
DiedSeptember 23, 1934 (age 63)
ParentHeinemann Vogelstein
RelativesHermann Vogelstein (brother)
Theodor Vogelstein (brother)
Julie Braun-Vogelstein (sister)

Ludwig Vogelstein (February 3, 1871 – September 23, 1934) was a Bohemian-born American industrialist and philanthropist.


Vogelstein was born to a Jewish family in Pilsen, Austria-Hungary (now the Czech Republic) in 1871. he was the second son of rabbi Heinemann Vogelstein and sibling of de:Hermann Vogelstein, de:Theodor Vogelstein, and Julie Braun-Vogelstein. In Germany, he worked for Aron Hirsch & Sohn, then one of the largest metal traders in the world.[1] In 1897, he moved from Halberstadt to the USA where he established his own metal trading firm under the name L. Vogelstein & Co., financed by the Hirsch family who retained a 35% interest.[1] The Hirsch family used his firm as a means of strengthening relationships with US brass and copper producers and Vogelstein had a ready market to sell his materials.[1]

Vogelstein was a staunch supporter and leader of Reform Judaism, an opponent of Zionism, and served as vice-president of the World Union for Progressive Judaism.[2][3] He died on September 23, 1934 in New York City.


  1. ^ a b c Storli, Espen (August 30, 2013). "Ludwig Jesselson (1910-1993)". Immigrant Entrepreneurship. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  2. ^ "Seeks an Idealism as Credit to Judaism; Ludwig Vogelstein Tells at Cincinnati Meeting High Purposes of Hebrew Union". The New York Times. January 26, 1930.
  3. ^ "Statement on Principles of American Reform Judaism Urged by Ludwig Vogelstein". The Jewish Telegraphic Agency. January 31, 2016.

Literature (selection)[edit]

  • Encyclopedia of Judaism , Gütersloh etc. 1971, Sp. 837