Archival Materials

Mendelssohn Family

Moses Mendelssohn

Collections representing four generations of the Mendelssohn family, the quintessential German-Jewish dynasty. These range from personal effects and correspondence of the patriarch, enlightenment philosopher Moses Mendelssohn to letters written by his grandson, the composer Felix-Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.

Memoirs, Diaries, Scrapbooks, and Correspondence

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Digibaeck includes thousands of unpublished memoirs that chronicle Jewish life in Germany and in emigration. These documents offer first-hand accounts of experiences as diverse as the revolutions of 1848, emigration to Shanghai, the Kindertransport, and the participation of German Jews in the American civil rights movement of the 1960′s.

Joseph Roth Collection

Joseph Roth was born 1894 in Brody, a small, mostly Jewish, community at the margins of the Habsburg Monarchy, now in the Ukraine.  He left his provincial home for Vienna and became one of the most celebrated journalists and novelists of his day.

LBI has digitized the original manuscripts of the Austrian-Jewish author Joseph Roth’s (1894-1939) most important works. Best known for his elegiac novel on the decline of the Austro-Hungarian Empire Radetzkymarsch, Roth now stands aside Kafka, Mann, and Musil in the canon of world literature.

20th Century Philosophers

Franz Rosenzweig (1886-1929), philosopher and theologian, was an important personality in post-World War I German-Jewish intellectual life. He established the Freie Juedische Lehrhaus where he taught Jewish tradition and culture as part of real life experience to bring them closer to assimilated German Jewry. He wrote several philosophical works and translated the Hebrew Bible with Martin Buber.

LBI has digitized the complete diaries and correspondence of philosopher and theologian Franz Rosenzweig, including writings related to his landmark translation of the Hebrew Bible into German with Martin Buber (1926-1929) as well as the entire estate of the philosopher Constantin Brunner.

Albert Einstein Photographs and Personal Effects

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LBI has preserved and Digitized the personal effects of Albert Einstein, including the guestbook from his summer home in Caputh, Germany (1929-1932) and more than 600 candid photographs as well as correspondence on topics ranging from art and music to the future State of Israel.