Adele Kohn, call for deportation

The Museum traces its beginning to the 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 of 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 of over 180 Record Groups, containing around 20,900 files, currently comprising 998,000 pages of documents and constituting, in electronic format, 146 GB of digital documents.

Around 90% of all archival holdings are catalogued, indexed and digitized. Archival narratives in the form of finding aids contain historical, content, bibliographical and scope notes to more than 180 record groups. They also include descriptive summaries, administrative information and various index terms. Fining Aids are a research tool for the level of record group, collection, sub-collection, folder and individual documents.  All catalogued and indexed documents are now searchable on the online Archival and Research Catalog,

Since the beginning of June 2015, the entire Archival Collection is available online. To make it happen, we have passed through a manifold process of normalization and automatization of the Archival Database. In the result, we have created an adequate search system to meet our specific needs, also ensuring connection between the Finding Aids and the 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 has successfully completed a labor-intensive process making the online Archival Collection available worldwide. We are continuing full scale cataloging, indexing and digitization, as well as research.

We have selected the Archon Platform for the online archival database. Archon is a unified platform for archival description and access. With the completing of the Archon project, over one million pages, comprising over 22,000 documents within the 180 record groups, are fully searchable by collections, digital content, subjects, creators and record groups. In other words, the new archival information system enables the end-user to conduct multi-vectorial research through a wide array of keywords, subject-matters, personal and geographic names, chronological and geopolitical entities.

The following information relates to functions of the online Archival and Research Catalog found at

Index terms are groups of subjects that vary with regard to a topical connotation. In the presented online Archival and Research Catalog, the end-user can find topical index terms, geographical index terms and personal index terms. A topical index term comprises a broad group of keywords, collectively describing the content of the archival entity. A geographical index term reflects geo-political vocabulary of the archival entity. A personal index term mirrors personalities related to the archival entity. The three aforementioned groups of index terms are equally characteristic of the subject and creator authorities.

End-users can:

-        Simultaneously search descriptions of archival materials, electronic records and digital objects;

-        View, download, print and use digital objects/electronic records;

-        View, print and search finding aids for individual collections;

-        Easily navigate from digital objects to archival descriptions and vice versa;

-        Browse materials by collection’s title, digital object’s titles, controlled subject headings, creator authority record or archival record group;

-        Move easily between the hierarchy of archival entities (record group, collection, sub-collection, folder-level collection, document) and digital objects sharing the same subject, creator or other relevant term from the controlled vocabulary. In other words, a research theme can be searched in all archival entities together with the corresponding digital objects from the digital library.

Our Archive has become a nucleus for a research institute in the form of internships. Interns from the United States and abroad constitute and integral part of our research division. By working on the online archival catalog, they learn the History of the Holocaust and modern European History by analyzing and interpreting primary documents. Entering the new narratives and digital objects into the online search system correlates with adding new historiographic, scope and content notes, as well as with narration of the corresponding 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 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. Our Archive Collection also enables new research in Public History of East-Central Europe. The collections of interwar and wartime periodicals is an incredible historic resource.

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, may not fully serve their purpose. Creation of the automated archival database and the archival, searchable online system will 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, dissertations and filmmaking.

Our Archival and Research Catalog is a multi-functional system, enabling content-related search with regard to Collections, Digital Content, Subjects, Creators and Record Groups. 

For example, users can:

Browse by Subjects

Show Subjects Beginning with:

-#-     -A-     -B-     -C-     -D-     -E-     -F-     -G-     -H-     -I-     -J-     -K-    -L-     -M-    -N-     -O-     -P-     -Q-     -R-     -S-     -T-     -U-     -V-    -W-    -X-     -Y-    -Z-    

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Filter Subjects by:

Corporate Name


Family Name


Genre/Form of Material

Geographic Name


Personal Name


Topical Term

There are approximately 14,000 searchable subject-matters of various categories. They are organized in alphabetical order. For example, the quantity of subject-matters beginning with the letter A is around 600 terms.

Any given search by a subject-matter renders in response collection names as archival categories, as well as the list of documents and digital objects of the aforementioned documents.

For example a subject-term “Jewish police in the ghettos” would render the following responses:

Records and Manuscripts (1 Matches)

Digital Images and Records (24 Matches)

Creator Descriptions (3 Matches)

Subject Headings (19 Matches)

A search in the category of “German Labor Service” (a postcard related to this subject is shown below) would render the following responses:

Records and Manuscripts (1 Matches)

Digital Images and Records (3 Matches)

Creator Descriptions (5 Matches)

Subject Headings (10 Matches)

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

Click here to see an index of the Archival Collection, including record groups, collections and sub-collections and folders.