Adele Kohn, call for deportation

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.









No archival undertaking is able to save human lives. It can However, save its substance, and also human dignity

Zbigniew Gluza,

Polish editor and publisher 

The Museum dates its beginning from the1960s, 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 and archived 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 comprising over 500,000 pages of documents.

Around 90% of all archival holdings are catalogued, indexed and digitized. Archival narratives in the form of finding aids contains historic, content, bibliographical and scope notes to more than 180 record groups. It includes also descriptive summaries, administrative information and various index terms. Fining Aids is a research tool for the level of a record group, collection, sub-collection, folder and individual documents.  All catalogued and indexed documents are searchable on the Museum network and partially on the online Archival System .  

We are currently preparing to make the entire Archival Collections 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 the opening of 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 Collections available worldwide.

We have selected the Archon platform for the online archival database. Archon is a unified platform for archival description and access. Once the Archon project is completed, 650,000 pages comprising 18,500 documents within the 180 record groups would become fully searchable by collections, digital content, subjects, creators and record groups. In other words, the new archival information system shall enable the end-user to conduct multifactorial research through a wide array of keywords, subject-matters, personal and geographic names, chronological and geopolitical entities.

Our Archive has become a nucleus for a research institute in the form of internship. Interns from the United States and abroad constitute and integral part of our research division. By working on the online archival catalog, the interns learn the History of the Holocaust and Modern European History through the analysis of primary documents. Entering the narratives and digital objects into the online search system correlates with providing of historiography, scope and content notes, as well as with narration of historic facts.

Scholarly seminars for college-level students, interns and docents reflect another facet of archival research. These seminars focus on the lesser known pages of the Holocaust History, namely the regional histories, collaboration with the Nazi-German authorities, the role of Judenraete (Jewish councils), the Judische Ordnungsdienst (Jewish Order Service) and of the Jewish Resistance. 

George Stoellinger, intern from Austria, working in the Archive

George Stoellinger, intern from Austria, working in the Archive

Archives, like books, if not read and acclaimed, then they may not fully serve its purpose. 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 or for filmmaking.


The Archival Collections comprise the following record groups, collections and sub-collections and folders:

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-72.03.14, Jasenovac Concentration camp collection

RG-72.03.15, Mauthausen 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, Lachmann 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-72.34, Croatian collection of wartime documents

RG-72.35, Italian Collection of wartime documents

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 anti-Semitic 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, prewar 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

RG-75.08, The Pacific war-theater, 1941 –1945

RG-75.09, Hungarian Anti-Semitic materials

RG-76, Volkischer Beobachter, a Collection of Nazi-German newspapers

RG-77, Die Werhmacht, The magazine of the Nazi-German Army

RG-78, German and Austrian and other European periodicals, the first half of the 20th century

            RG-78.01, Illustrierte Presse (The Illustrated Paper of Munich)

            RG-78.02, Tagespost (Austrian Daily, the Daily Post)

            RG-78.03, Pages from European wartime newspapers, 1939 – 1945

            RG-78.04, European periodicals of wartime, 1939 – 1945

RG-79, European periodicals of the wartime period, 1939 – 1945

            RG-79.01, Hungarian periodicals, 1938 – 1945

            RG-79.02, Soviet periodicals, 1941 -- 1948, Russian language

RG-79.03, French periodicals, 1939 – 1945

            RG-79.04, Italian periodicals, 1939 – 1945

            RG-79.05, Yugoslavian periodical, 1939 – 1945

            RG-79.06, American periodicals, 1941 – 1945

RG-80, Jeffrey Mausner Papers of the postwar collaboration trials 



RG-72.02.06, Postcard from Berta Morgen in Stanislawow ghetto to Filipo Kowner in Chiety, Italy, 7 September 1942.

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72.08.48, Postcard sent from Ukraine, Kamjanets-Podilskyj to Dmytro Dziumka in labor camp Tiefbau, Waldenburg (WaƂbrzych), Poland, 24 July 1943.



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