Center for Jewish History


The Center for Jewish History is a cultural institution, independent research facility and destination for the exploration of Jewish history and heritage. It is home to five partner organizations: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

Archival and Other Holdings

The partners’ archival collections span more than 700 years of history and total over 500,000 volumes and 100 million documents (in 23 languages and 52 alphabet systems). The collections also include thousands of artworks, textiles, ritual objects, recordings, films and photographs.

The Center for Jewish History holds numerous collections on compensation and restitution: mostly from individual collections): i.e. Carl and Elly Weil Collection (1926-1954); Henry Ebert Collection; M. Poppelauer (Publisher and booksellers, Berlin, 1939-1960), Grossmann Family Collection, 1750; Lily Friedman Collection (1944-1946); Walter and Herta Fleck Collection, Heldenmuth Family Collection (1866-1964); etc; Office of Military Government for Germany, Restitution Claims; Council of Jews from Germany Collection, 1946-1964 (includes section on restitution); Möbelaktion Frankreich, Belgien, Holland, Luxemburg 1940-1944, 1940-1958 (created by URO; contains informastion on restitution and indemnification claims); Jewish Restitution Successor Organization Collection, 1947-1972: "Reports and memorandum on the organization's activities and its history; restitution claims for individuals and communities, including those of Altenstadt, Himbach, Muehlheim/Ruhr and Schotten"; United Restitution Organizaton (New York Office) Collection, 1937-1985; United Restitution Organization (URO), 1957-1963; American Federation of Jews from Central Europe, 1944-1947; Concentration and Internment Camps Collection, 1936-1998 ("alphabetical list of concentration camps recognized for the processing of German restitution claims (photocopies in German); records of relief organizations."); World Jewish Congress Collection (1936-1946): "Reparations, Restitution, Compensation" (1956); American Association of Former Jurists Collection, 1959-1967; Jews in Germany Collection, after 1945, 1945-; Holocaust-Era Insurance Accounts Collection, 1933-2000; Frankfurt am Main, Jewish Community Collection, 1614-2003.


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