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Holocaust Resources: An Annotated bibliography of archival holdings at the Center for Jewish History

introduced by Prof. David Engel, and compiled by Emmanuel Darmon

Made possible through the support of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany, Inc.

General Information about the Bibliography

The bibliography is a compilation of materials drawn from the partner organizations of the Center for Jewish History (Center): the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS), the American Sephardi Federation (ASF), the Leo Baeck Institute (LBI), the Yeshiva University Museum (YUM), and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (YIVO); the materials are accessible through the Lillian Goldman Reading Room (Reading Room). All archival collections containing any information on the Holocaust, catalogued as of May 2006, are included in the bibliography. The archival collections are made up of primary resource materials, largely unpublished, such as diaries and memoirs, correspondence, artifacts, lists (deportations, survivors, displaced persons), etc. Materials cover the period from the late 1920s through to the late 1950s. The bibliography is a tool with which both professional and lay researchers can locate information regarding the Holocaust, a topic requested frequently by our users.

Inventories at the Center show that topics related to Holocaust study are consistently among the most-requested subjects by professional researchers (academics, writers, filmmakers) and lay people alike. To better meet the needs of the Center's patrons, Public Services sought funding for a bibliography of the Center's unique materials on and about the Holocaust. In December 2003, the Center's application to the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany, Inc. (Claims Conference) to fund the bibliography was approved.

The Center gratefully acknowledges the support of the Claims Conference which has made possible, "Holocaust Resources: An Annotated Bibliography of Archival Holdings at the Center for Jewish History."

This and other bibliographies are available to all bona fide researchers through the Center for Jewish History website.

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Components of the Bibliography

The bibliography is made up of over 2,000 entries, which represent records in 32 different languages. Included are almost 3,000 individuals' names, over 300 organizational names, and close to 700 locations (countries, cities, towns) with alternate languages and spellings. All entries can be accessed easily through the web by a "Simple Search" or a "Guided Search" in either a brief format or as the full entry. Individual searches may be stored in "My Bookshelf."

The components of the brief entries are presented in a list that includes:

  • Author/Creator
  • Title
  • Repository
  • Call no.

Brief entries may be expanded to full entries by clicking on the call number.   The full entry includes:

  • Author/Creator
  • Title and relevant dates within the collection
  • Repository within the Center for Jewish History
  • Call no. information
  • Size of collection
  • Portion of relevant material within the collection
  • Annotation with description of relevant material/s
  • Full index listings within the collection of Locations, Subjects, and Names

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A Word about Orthography

A Word about Orthography

  • Diacritics: Where possible the orthography of the original language was used, with the exception of the umlaut in German, e.g., when it was not clear if the original was "oe" or ö.
  • Localities, i.e., cities are written in the original language, except for well-known cities, e.g., "Munich" not "München," or "Cracow" not "Kraków."
(Authorities: Columbia Gazetteer of the World, Columbia University Press Jewish Gen; Where Once We Walked, A Guide to the Jewish Communities Destroyed in the Holocaust Gary Mokotoff, Sallyann AmdurSack with Alexander Sharon, Avotaynu, Inc., 2002.)

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Reserving and Accessing Material (Collections)

Researchers may view all collections described in this bibliography in the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. The Reading Room is open to the public. All visitors to the Center need to present a valid picture ID upon entering the building.

Researchers need to register by filling out a simple registration form. Upon arrival in the Reading Room, researchers will be issued a Reader Card.

Advanced reservations are recommended, but not necessary.

Collections from the individual repositories may be reserved follows:

American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS)
Archivist: Susan Malbin
Telephone: 212-294-6167
E-mail
Paging Hours: Monday thru Thursday 9:30am-4:00pm

American Sephardi Federation (ASF)
Librarian/Archivist: Randy Belinfante
Telephone: 212-294-8350
E-mail
Paging Hours: Monday thru Thursday 9:30am-4:00pm

Leo Baeck Institute (LBI)
Archivist: Hermann Teifer
Telephone: 917-606-8217
E-mail
Paging Hours: Monday thru Thursday 9:30am-4:00pm

Yeshiva University Museum (YUM)
Collections Curator: Bonni-Dara Michaels
Telephone: 212-294-8330
E-mail
Paging Hours: By appointment only

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (YIVO)
Archivist: Gunnar Berg
Telephone: 212-246-6080 ext. 6124
E-mail
Paging Hours: Monday thru Thursday 9:30am-4:00pm

Sound Archivist: Lorin Sklamberg
Telephone: 212-246-6080 ext. 1014
E-mail
Paging Hours: By appointment only

Many collections may be viewed on microfilm only. We suggest the researcher make a reservation for a microfilm reader/printer machine by calling (917) 606-8217 or sending an e-mail request to the Public Services Desk.

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Acknowledgements

The Center for Jewish History acknowledges with gratitude and appreciation the support provided by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany, Inc., which made this project possible.

Emmanuel Darmon compiled and annotated the "Annotated Bibliography of Archival Holdings at the Center for Jewish History," with the assistance of Yakov Sklyar.

Dr. David Engel, Greenberg Professor of Holocaust Studies at New York University, introduced the bibliography.

Edited by Sarah B. Felsen.

The database was designed by Hermann Teifer.

The website was designed and developed by Jason Carlin.

Diane R. Spielmann
Project Director
October 31, 2006

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