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New Searchable Library Catalog

Search the Museum's new extensive library catalog. Visiting scholars and researchers welcome. By special appointment only. Contact Dr. Vladimir Melamed.





Established in the 1960s, Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust is one of the oldest Holocaust museums in the country. The Museum dates its beginning from earlier 1960s, when a group of local Holocaust survivors created a memorial room at the premises of the Jewish Federation of the Greater Los Angeles. Over the decades, significant numbers of personally donated documents and artifacts from the Holocaust era were deposited there. The year of 1978 marks the opening of the first Museum of the Holocaust in Los Angeles. The entire 12th floor of the new Jewish Federation building became a museum. The new museum was designed, built and opened as a Holocaust repository, embedding major themes and chronology in the History of the Holocaust. However, the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust did not have its permanent home until September 2010, when a new, specially designed building was constructed in Pan Pacific Park in Los Angeles.

Archival materials have been collected since the first inception of the memorial room, in the early 1960s. However, for the long time, archival, records remained only stored rather than processed in accordance with the principles of historic and archival relevancy. In 2006, archival reorganization and restructuring began. Nowadays, we have a modern repository, containing tens of thousands of records.

Around 90% of all archival holdings are catalogued, indexed and digitized. Archival narrative contains historic, content and scope notes to more than 100 record groups. It includes also descriptive summaries, administrative information and Finding Aids. The latter corresponds to all documents and artifacts of the Archival Collection, from the level of a record group to a folder-level subcollection. All catalogued and indexed documents are searchable on the Museum network.

We are currently preparing to make the entire Archival Collection available online. It is a manifold process, encompassing normalization, automatization of the Archival Database, creation of an adequate search system to meet our specific needs and ensuring connection between the Finding Aids and corresponding digital objects. Overall, our primary task translates into opening the Archive to the end-user, equally on-site and online. Our small but highly dedicated staff is undertaking this highly labor-intensive process to make this online Archival Collection a reality.

Archives, like books, if not read and acclaimed, do not fully serve its purpose. We believe that visionaries, like voyagers navigate through the sea of material hardships. They could bring our archival ship to a new level of scholarship for the sake of education and research.  The creation of the automated archival database and archival searchable online system would bring students of the Holocaust and interdisciplinary students, as well as accomplished scholars to our Museum and Archive. They shall be able to employ our archival resources for coursework, articles and dissertations. In long term, we hope to see the establishment of a Center for Advanced Studies of War, Nation and State Building based on our archival materials.

As Zbigniew Gluza writes in the foreword to the new edition of the Ringelblum Archive:

No archival undertaking is able to save human lives. It can however, save its substance, and also – as in this case – human dignity.

Archival research is an essential pre-condition for interdisciplinary studies in the History of the Holocaust, including an educational component, and awareness of the past. Properly arranged repositories, containing a vast corpus of documents from the past, enable continuous research, analysis and education.  Historical records, bridging past and present shall not remain unclaimed.

We are working on online Archival Research Catalog. Once completed, it shall enable the end- user search through a broad set of keywords and subject matters. Eventually around 12,000 digitized documents in the volume from 1 to 400 pages will be also available online.

Archival Collection comprises the following record groups, collections and sub-collections. There are also folder-level and folder collections.

RG-0001, History of the Museum

RG-01, Collection of Personal Memoirs, Testimonies, and Diaries

RG-01.01, Irena Lusky Collection

RG-01.02, Nika Fleissig Collection

RG-01.03, Dachau concentration camp: Diaries, Testimonies and Józef Jonski Collection

RG-01.04, Przeworksa-Pratt Collection

RG-01.05, Siegfried Halbreich Collection

RG-01.06, Barry Ziff Collection

RG-01.07, Erica Leon Testimony

RG-01.08, Anna Lipsyzc Collection

RG-01.09, Betty Gerard (Kubaszka) Collection

RG-01.10, Marta Mitdank Testimony

RG-01.11, Dawid Gertler Papers, Lodz Ghetto

RG-01.12, Ludwik Hirszfeld, Memoirs, Warsaw

RG-01.13, Josef Broide Papers, Bialystok Ghetto

RG-01.14, Henryk Gliksman Papers

RG-01.15, Alice Schragai Memoir, Kosice (Kassa)

RG-01.16, Central Committee of Liberated Jews in the US Zone of occupation in Germany, Papers

RG-01.17, Otto Herskovic, Memoir, Antwerp, Belgium

RG-01.18, John van Huzun Wartime Diary, the Netherlands

RG-02, Displaced Person Camps:  Publications, Documents, Cultural Life and postwar Jewish Publications

RG-03, Allied Administration in Germany and Austria

RG-04, Literature and Arts in Concentration Camps and Ghettos

RG-05, The Rise of National Socialism in Germany, Nazi Propaganda and Nazi Party

RG-06, Ghetto and Camp Currency, Ghetto Correspondence and Related Artifacts

RG-07, Postwar Publications and Scholarship on the Holocaust

RG-08, Identification Papers and Related Documents in Germany-occupied Europe

RG-09, Liberation of Concentration Camps and Camp Site Memorials

RG-10, Hungarian Labor Battalions

RG-11, Lodz Ghetto Collection

RG-12, Prewar History and Jewish Life in Europe

RG-13, Dr. Julius Kühl, Papers

RG-14, Holocaust-related Art

RG-15, Auschwitz Complex of Concentration Camps and Memorial Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau

RG-16, Family History

            RG-16.02, Kubaschka Collection

            RG-16.03, Family History -- Vienna Collection

RG-16.04, Cohen Family Papers

RG-16.05, Jontof-Hutter Collection

RG-16.06, Philip Raucher Collection

RG-16.07, Sari Auslander Papers

RG-16.08, Family Miscellaneous Correspondence

RG-16.09, Gumener Family Collection

RG-16.10, Edith Flagg Papers

RG-16.11, D. R. Webster Collection: Album of Budapest, 1944 – 1945

RG-16.12, Joseph Rapaport Collection

RG-17, Prewar and Wartime Periodicals

            RG-17.11, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Examiner, wartime

            RG-17.12, Chwila, 1919 – 1939

            RG-17.13, Dilo, 1918 -- 1939

            RG-17.18, Cornelius Loen, collection of wartime periodicals, I

            RG-17.19, Cornelius Loen, collection of wartime periodicals, II

            RG-17.20, Herbert Lothar Aron Papers

            RG-17.21, Prewar Austrian periodicals

RG-18, Polish, Ukrainian, and Jewish periodicals in interwar Poland: 1918 – 1939

RG-18.01, Polish Interwar Periodical National Minorities AFFAIRS: Sprawy Narodowosciowe

RG-18.02, Ukrainian Interwar Periodicals in Poland: Dilo, Rozbudova Nacii

RG-18.03, Jewish Interwar Periodical in Poland: Chwila

RG-19, Oral Histories: Survivors' Video-Interviews

RG-20, Ukrainian Auxiliary Police in Lviv and Lviv Region, materials from the Live State Regional Archive

RG-21, Ukrainian Wartime Newspapers in Galicia and Volhynia: Lvivski Visti, Krakivs'ki Visti and Wolyn

RG-22, Jewish Art and other various forms

RG-23, Atrocities and Perpetration, Collection of Photo-documents

RG-24, Jewish Religious Text and Sacramental Objects

RG-25, Warsaw Ghetto and Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Collections

RG-26, Erich Lichtblau Papers

RG-26.01, Erich Lichtblau (Leskly) Collection of Documents

RG-26.02, Erich Lichtblau (Leskly) Collection of Articles and Catalogues

RG-26.03, Erich Lichtblau (Leskly) Collection of Photographs of Artworks

RG-27, Schoenberg, Zeisl and Aberbach Family Papers

RG-28, Dachau Concentration Camp and Memorial Site, 1941-1946

RG-29, Liberation of Paris and German Atrocities in Europe, Collection of Photographs

RG-30, Postwar Trials of the Crimes against Peace, Humanity and War Crimes, Germany, 1945-1949

RG-31, Theresienstadt Ghetto Collection

RG-32, Memorial Books of Jewish Communities

RG-33, Soviet Partisans in the territories of the former Poland and Lithuania

RG-34, Werner Schleyer Papers

RG-35, Literature in Yiddish, Collection of rare publications

RG-36, Nazi-German Paraphernalia and Memorabilia

RG-37, Charles Millett (Karl Sinai) Papers

RG-38, Ghettos in Small Towns, Eastern Europe

RG-39, German Literature in the 20th Century

RG-40, Kurt Wittler Papers

RG-41, The Second World War: History and Aftermath

RG-42, Bernd Stevens (Steinitz) Collection

RG-43, John Glass Papers

RG-44, Rescue and Aid in France, 1940 -1944

RG-45, Photo Archive of the Holocaust

RG-46, Integrated Photo-Documents and Narratives

RG-47, Polish Films and Medals

RG-48, Vera Laroche Papers

RG-49, Lewis Lax (Lutek Laks) Papers

RG-50, Wachsner Family Papers  

RG-51, Betty-Prins Haytt Papers

RG-52, Gabriella Karin Papers

RG-53, Marie Kaufman Papers

RG-54, Kurt Horowitz Papers

RG-55, Survivors of the Holocaust: audio testimonies and related materials

RG-56, Lisolette Melhorn Papers

RG-57, Cherna Kapulkina Papers 

RG-58, Marion E. Kenworthy Papers (duplicates)

RG-59, Anton Karl Collection

RG-60, Clifton Gallup Papers

RG-61, Isaak Gasnik Collection of the Netherlands News

RG-62, Masha Loen Collection

RG-63, German Crimes in Poland: Collection of Documents

RG-64, American government and politics, Papers

RG-65, Collection documentary films, USHMM

RG-66, Bundesarchiv, Collection of photo documents

RG-67, USHMM, Collection of photo documents

RG-68, Wiener Library, Collection of photo documents

RG-69, Yad Vashem, Collection of photo documents

RG-70, Hamburg Institute for Social Sciences, Babi Yar: Collection of photo-documents

RG-71, Periodicals in Yiddish and other Yiddish-language publications

RG-72, Ed Victor Papers

RG-72.01, Synagogues of Europe, Northern Africa and Middle East depicted in postcards and photographs

RG-72.02, Correspondence from and to ghettos

RG-72.03, Correspondence from and to concentration camps

RG-72.03.01, Dutka Family Collection, Ravensbrück concentration camp and correspondence from Hungary

RG-72.03.02, Dachau 3K Camp Collection

RG-72.03.03, Hamburg-Neuengamme concentration camp collection

RG-72.03.04, Oranienburg-Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp collection

RG-72.03.05, Gusen concentration camp collection

RG-72.03.06, Auschwitz concentration camps collection

RG-72.03.07, Buchenwald concentration camp collection

RG-72.03.08, miscellaneous concentration camps collection

RG-72.03.09, Ravensbrück concentration camp collection

RG-72.03.10, Gross Rosen concentration camp collection

RG-72.03.11, Majdanek concentration camp collection

RG-72.03.12, Flossenburg Concentration camp collection

RG-72.03.13, Stutthof Concentration camp collection

RG-72.04, Collection of Identification documents

RG-72.05, Red Cross Papers

RG-72.06, Collection of German-Nazi postcards of various topics, 19th – 20th century

RG-72.07, Collection of Correspondence to and from Lodz ghetto

RG-72.08, Collection of Correspondences from and to German Labor Service

RG-72.09, Proofs of incarcerations under German-Nazi and Axis regimes, Papers

RG-72.10, Collection of Correspondence between German-occupied and unoccupied countries

RG-72.11, Collection Theresienstadt ghetto correspondence, Theresienstadt ghetto Papers

RG-72.12, Histories of families and individuals in Germany-occupied and controlled Europe and in the countries of anti-Nazi coalition

RG-, Wojdel Family Collection

RG-72.12.01, Lachman Family Collection

RG-72.12.02, Glogower Family Collection

RG-72.12.03, Fleischmann Family Collection

RG-72.12.04, Kocherthaler Family Collection

RG-72.12.05, Dutka Family Collection, Ravensbrück concentration camp

RG-72.12.06, Seelig - Wahl Family Collection

RG-72.12.07, Dutka Family Collection, Hungarian correspondence

RG-72.12.08, Falbel Family Collection

RG-72.13, Collection of Antisemitic materials, Europe, 19th – 20th Centuries

RG-72.14, Collection of Documents issued by German authorities in 1933 – 1945

RG-72.15, Emigration and immigrants, Europe, America, Asia, Papers

RG-72.16, Jewish Councils (Judenraete) in Germany and German-occupied and controlled territories, Papers

RG-72.17, Anti-Nazi resistance and Jews in the foreign armed forces, Papers

RG-72.18, Hungarian Jewish experience as reflected in correspondence, Papers

RG-72.19, Collection of Ration coupons

RG-72.20, Collection of Ghetto and camp currency

RG-72.21, Collection of inter-country correspondence

RG-72.22, Collection of Correspondence between Germany and German-occupied territories

RG-72.23, Collection of Postwar correspondence

RG-72.24, Collection of Correspondence from and to Prisoner of War Camps

RG-72.25, Displaced persons documents, Papers

RG-72.26, Relief Organizations, Papers

RG-72.27, Collection of Correspondence from and to Nazi Prisons

RG-72.28, Collection of Correspondence from and to Transit camps

RG-72.29, Collection of Correspondence within Romania and between Romania and other countries

RG-72.30, Collection of Jewish Yellow Stars and Patches

RG-72.31, Collection of Jewish periodicals published on occupied territories

RG-72.31, Collection of Correspondence between unoccupied by Germany countries and neutral countries

RG-72.32, Correspondence between Germany-occupied countries

RG-72.33, Correspondence within German-occupied Poland

RG-73, Rachel Green Papers

RG-74, American response to the Holocaust, Rabbi Josef Yarmish Papers

RG-75, Herbert and Nancy Bernhard Papers

RG-75.01, German and American antisemitic materials

RG-75.02, Nazi-German anti-Jewish and anti-Soviet propaganda materials used in the Eastern Front

RG-75.03, Interwar and Postwar Palestinian-Jewish materials

RG-75.04, Prewar Polish immigration materials and postwar Latin American immigration papers

RG-75.05, Family documents and photographs

RG-75.06, Nazi-German crimes, collection of photo-documents

RG-75.07, Israel Segal Rosenbach, Musicology




The Museum’s Library comprises around two thousand volumes. The history of our Library is intrinsic to the history of the Museum. The first donations came around the time the Museum opened its As with the first donations of documents and artifacts donated to the earliest form of the Museum, a memorial room at 6505 Wilshire Blvd., the first volumes for the library were also graciously given at the same time.
Together with several founders of the Museum, Benjamin Grey and Alex Schwartzkopf in particular helped lay a foundation for the Library when they donated wartime and postwar Yiddish, Polish, German and English language publications. These materials today are among the rarest documents in our special collections.
The official opening of the museum in 1978 spurred a new influx of donations to the library. Through the mid-1990s we acquired academic literature in English and in foreign languages, memoirs, fiction and also the world-renowned series of Encyclopedia Judaica, Encyclopedia of the Holocaust, Yad Vashem Studies, Archives of the Holocaust, and, The Nazi Holocaust. We also received subscriptions to professional journals and bulletins of Holocaust studies.
Donations in the first decade of 21st century consisted largely of individual recollections and testimonies in the form of memoirs. This was time of significant change in the Museum, as it moved repeatedly amongst several locations. Library donations slowed, even as the Museum set its goal towards the end of that decade to establishing a permanent home.
In 2010, the Museum opened its doors in its new location. E. Randol Schoenberg, President of the Museum Board, raised the Library’s quality significantly by purchasing and donating several hundred volumes of new publications on the history of the Holocaust, including video materials.
Donations from others increased as well. At the end of 2010, under the direction of Dr. Vladimir Melamed and with the assistance of several volunteers and staff members, the Library embarked on a project to modernize, re-organize, and essentially re-catalogue all materials in accordance with the Library of Congress standards. As a result of this careful and comprehensive project, today every item possesses a classification number of its own and is grouped accordingly. The on-line, searchable database allows for cross-referencing of items to allow for variant spellings of Anglicized versions of non-English words and the historic evolution of proper names. Foreign language searching can include the use of either diacritics or non-diacritic language. In short, the contemporary organization of our Library and the structure of its Search Catalogue allow researchers to find materials as if they were shelved at the Library of Congress or at most university or college libraries in the United States.  
Grouping literature according to the Library of Congress standards allow to highlight our major collections. By and large, they constitute publications on the Holocaust, Modern Jewish History, Modern European History and several special collections. The latter comprise prewar and post-war literature in Yiddish in Poland and United States. There are also smaller groups of European and American fiction and periodicals of various museums.
The three larger groups indicated above include the following sub-groups:
--Holocaust, Jewish (1939 -1945) – Persecutions – Jewish military participation and resistance;
--Second World War (1939 -1945) – Prisoners and prisons – Concentration camps and ghettos;
--Germany – History – Nazi Germany – History;
--National Socialism- Second World War (1939 -1945)
--The Jews – Encyclopedias, Dictionaries – The Jews – Collected works (nonserial);
--The Jews – Jewish diaspora – By region or country;
--Jewish diaspora – History – Antisemitism;
--Crimes against humanity – Genocide;
--The Jews – History – 19th – 20th centurie – General works

Our Searchable Library Catalogue enables multiple-criteria search, namely by keywords, subjects, authors, titles and by the Library of Congress classification numbers. We regard our new search catalogue as a collective achievement and advancement in the museum development. The search Catalogue for the Library is available on the museum web-site under the rubric Archives and Library.  Please visit our new searchable library catalog today.