Institut für die Geschichte der deutschen Juden, Hamburg
Because of the systematic destruction of Jewish cultural heritage during national socialism, judaistic literature and literature of jewish history was missing in German libraries. The founding of a library focusing on Jewish subjects was an important issue for the Institute for the History of the German Jews (IGDJ) from the beginning. Through the acquisition of books, mostly in antiquarian bookshops and books which were given to us by other institutions or donations, we were able to acquire over 8.000 volumes of historic books.
A three-year research project led to the conclusion that some of these books were looted during the National Socialist period. There were signatures, autographs and dedications by previous owners. Some of them belonged to private owners, who were forced to leave them behind when they emigrated or were deported. Others belonged to institutions or communities, whose libraries were confiscated after the Night of Broken Glass („Kristallnacht“) in November 1938.
Institut für die Geschichte der deutschen Juden
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