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This week, CJH Archivists participated in #1Lib1Ref, a collaborative Wikipedia project encouraging all information professionals around the country to edit one page, add at least one new link or citation, or start a brand new page to further the reach of their archival holdings. Here’s a breakdown of the amazing CJH partner collections that are now immeasurably more accessible thanks to their efforts!: Georg…

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The far-reaching impact of World War II resulted in massive destruction, decimation, deprivation, and the unparalleled displacement of people across and far beyond the European continent. In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of the war, After the War uses photographs, artifacts, and archival material to document and provide insights into the end of the war and post-war disorder and revitalization in…

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Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day.  Take a minute to access one of the thousands of digitized Holocaust artifacts including over 300 oral histories and over 200 memoirs. Access.cjh.org  A few selections:American Jewish Historical Society’s Photograph: Markers for graves of 80 victims found dead of Nazi brutality in the concentration camp at Ludwigslust http://access.cjh.org/210628 Leo Baeck Institute’s National Socialism Collection http://access.cjh.org/355965 Yeshiva University Museum’s Poster:…

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Using the Archives to Reflect on Your Hanukkah Experience

by David P. Rosenberg, Senior Reference Librarian – Collections, Center for Jewish History  Hanukkah Lamp. Galicia or Ukraine, ca. 1800. Silver: cast, filigree, engraved. The Max Stern Collection, Yeshiva University Museum. This lamp is of the Ba’al Shem Tov type, named after the founder of Hasidism, who, tradition tells us, owned a Hanukkah lamp of this type. This made it very popular in the…

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Yom Yerushalayim: Selections

In Honor of Yom Yerushalayim: five selections concerning Jerusalem from each of the five partners. Compiled by David P. Rosenberg, M.P.A., Senior Reference Librarian – Collections, Center for Jewish History  Yom Yerushalayim commemorates the reunification of Jerusalem and Israeli control over the Old City. The victory in the Six-Day War resulted in the first time Jews took control of the city since the destruction of the…

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Die Haggadah des Kindes. (Click on title to view digitized version.) Leo Baeck Institute. Dayenu: A few Passover Haggadot would have been enough…really?by David P. Rosenberg, M.P.A., Senior Reference Librarian – Collections, Center for Jewish History  As we prepare for the ritual Seder this evening, I started to reflect on the variations of Passover Haggadot and the vast number of them that we have…

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Marianne Rein. Click on images for larger views.Images: Photographs of her in the 1930s; an illustration she did in one of her letters to Jacob Picard; a letter to Jacob Picard; a typed page of her poems; a letter from the National Council of Jewish Women; and a handwritten page of her poems—the second of which is translated below.  Europaby Marianne Rein The girls walked…

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Contemplating Hellby Bertolt Brecht Contemplating Hell, as I once heard it, My brother Shelley found it to be a place Much like the city of London. I, Who do not live in London, but in Los Angeles,Find, contemplating Hell, that it Must be even more like Los Angeles.  Also in Hell, I do not doubt it, there exist these opulent gardens With flowers as large as trees, wilting, of course, Very…

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Untitled poem written in Theresienstadt ghettoAuthor Unknown *  Today, I saw a thousand people with distraught expressionsToday, I saw a thousand people walking towards nothingnessIn the grey of the cold morning, wandered the ostracized crowdLeaving everything behind which they once called their life. They walked through the gateAnd left all the joy, happiness, prestige outside. Where will this lead, where will it end?They only know they…

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From the partners’ collections: Interior view of the destroyed Fasanenstrasse Synagogue, Berlin, burned on Kristallnacht during the November Pogroms Creator/Photographer: UnknownMedium: Black and white photographic print Date: 1938Repository: Leo Baeck InstituteParent Collection: Berlin; Jewish Community CollectionCall Number: AR 88Rights statement: Click here. Visit our Flickr photostream for more from the partners’ collections.

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