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Thanks to a gift from a trust under the will of Edythe Griffinger, the Leo Baeck Institute has created the Edythe Griffinger Portal to better provide access to paintings, objects, photographs, and other visual materials in our collections.

From engravings depicting Jewish life in German lands in the 16th century, to photographs of countless individuals since the early 1800s, to abstract works by German-Jewish émigrés in the second half of the 20th century, the works provide the visual record of German-Jewish history in Leo Baeck Institute’s Library, its Archives, and its Art and Objects Collection.

Among the over 8,000 paintings, sculptures, watercolors, drawings, and prints are many fine works of great artistic and historical significance. There are also centuries-old ritual objects used in German-Jewish communities. More importantly, the art collection in its totality forms an unparalleled documentation of the material culture of German-speaking Jewry. In addition, close to a thousand photographs (out of ca. 25,000 at LBI) have been included in this Portal.

The Edythe Griffinger Portal provides scholars, curators, and other researchers a new way to explore our visual materials with enhanced browsing capabilities, including links to the full spectrum of all available items at LBI that are connected to the artists and depicted personalities in the Portal. Furthermore, our researchers may download images for educational purposes or order high-resolution images for publication.

For a comprehensive search of all digitized material in the LBI art, archival, and library collections, please consult DigiBaeck. To search all LBI holdings, including the many published works in our library collection that have not been digitized, search the Online Catalog of the Leo Baeck Institute.

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