The LBI Periodical Collection

A selection of periodicals digitized by Leo Baeck Institute

A selection of periodicals digitized by Leo Baeck Institute

The Periodical Collection of the library of the Leo Baeck Institute consists of nearly 1,600 titles, covering all fields of German Judaica.  The earliest titles come from the Enlightenment period of the late 18th century, though the library continues to collect recently published titles, due to a revival of Jewish communities in Germany today.

The Periodicals Collection of the Leo Baeck Institute library is unique for its rich holdings.  Among its rarities are early 20th century newsletters from various Jewish communities in Germany, Austria, and other German-speaking areas (including parts of the present-day Czech Republic, Poland (Silesia, Posen), Hungary, and Romania.).

Other highlights of the Periodical Collection include: publications from German-Jewish organizations such as Zionist, youth, and sports clubs; an extensive collection of periodicals published in the 1930s and 1940s by German Jews in exile in Shanghai, South America, and New York (home of the most famous emigre newspaper, the Aufbau); and newsletters from displaced persons camps in Europe after WWII.

In addition, many of the physical volumes in the Periodical Collection were salvaged from famous Jewish libraries that had been confiscated and dispersed by the Nazis.

Digitized Periodicals from the LBI Library at Internet Archives

Researchers can access digitized periodicals via our periodicals portal at Internet Archive or through DigiBaeck, LBI’s search engine for digitized materials. As of August 2014 about 60 periodicals have been uploaded, and about 40 more are in process.

Since 2013 the LBI Library has been digitizing periodicals unique to its holdings. The periodicals are selected for digitization because of their importance to German-speaking Jewish history and culture, as well as their lack of physical or online availability through other institutions. The digitization of these periodicals also facilitates access to the material while preserving the physical items. Due to the rare nature of the materials, LBI has digitized its holdings of some publications even when it does not own a complete series of issues.

Compact Memory Collection of German-Jewish Periodicals

The periodicals digitized by Leo Baeck Institute complement the resources available through the Compact Memory Project, which encompasses 170 important German-language Jewish periodicals published in Central Europe from 1806 – 1938.

Most of the periodicals in the Compact Memory database were digitized from the holdings of the Judaica Division of the University Library Frankfurt am Main and Germania Judaica in Cologne. The project was sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG) from 2000 – 2006.

LBI coordinated its periodicals digitization program with Compact Memory to avoid duplication of efforts, and continues to work with Compact Memory as it selects additional periodicals for digitization.

Send questions or comments regarding the LBI collections to lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org.