hefez. Studies on Jewish History and Material Culture

Volume 2

Ein Drama in Akten

Die Restitution der Sammlungen des Wilnaer YIVO

Translated from Hebrew by David Ajchenrand
With a foreword by Yfaat Weiss

The YIVO (Yidisher visnshaftlekher institut), founded in 1925 and run from New York from 1940, preserves the largest collection on the history and culture of Eastern European Jewry. After the destruction and robbery of the institute in Vilna by the Nazis, only fragments remained, which were recovered at various locations after 1945. In her essay, Bilha Shilo describes the restitution history marked by the early beginnings of the Cold War: the successful rescue of holdings from the American occupation zone in Germany is juxtaposed with the failed repatriation of collection items from Czechoslovakia. The competing claims of the YIVO and other institutions for the material Jewish heritage of Europe are also revealed.

152 pp, mit 10 figs (black-white), paperback
Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2022

Free of charge, Open Access
ISBN: 978-3-666-35128-0

ISBN: 978-3-525-35128-4
Price: bound as a book, paperback: 23,00 € (D)

The German-language volumes of the series »hefez. Studies on Jewish History and Material Culture« also appear in parallel editions in Hebrew.

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