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Harrassowitz, 1965); Guido Kisch and Kurt Roepke,
Schriften zur
Geschichte der Juden. Eine Bibliographie der in Deutschland und
der Schweiz 1922-1925 erschienenen D issertationen
(Tuebingen,
Mohr, 1959). The thorough bibliographical information about
all new publications concerning “German Jewry,” published
yearly in the
Year Book of the Leo Baeck Institu te
is also of con-
siderable importance.
Catalog of Holdings
The Leo Baeck Institute in New York has started to catalog the
material in its Library and Archives. Seven volumes are planned.
The first, which appeared recently8, covers the following subjects:
German speaking Jewish communities; newspapers, periodicals,
year books, almanacs, and calendars; memoirs and reminiscences
(unpublished and privately printed manuscripts).
Future volumes will contain the following contents: II. German-
Jewish history in general, especially modern and contemporary
history (Emancipation, its rise and flowering, decline and destruc-
tion); the Jewish question and anti-Semitism. III. History of the
great Jewish religious and general organizations; Jewish legal,
economic, and social history; Jewish public welfare and sociology;
demography and statistics. IV. The Science of Judaism; scientific
societies and theological seminaries; theology and ritual; philos-
ophy and psychology; festschriften; Hebraica. V. Jewish cultural
history; education; Jews in literature and journalism; architecture
and art history; music, theater, and film; memoirs, biographies,
family histories, family trees. VI. Scholarly, literary and other
legacies. VII. Autographs.
The published first volume covers three subjects that have a
comparatively unified character. The history of the 3,014 Jewish
communities provides the background against which German-
Jewish history is enacted. Since olden times the Jewish community
was not only the center and rallying point of religious life, but
actually the backbone of Jewish existence. It was endowed with
many rights and duties that regulated the everyday life of the
Jews. Later, when the State exercised greater regulatory influence
over the lives of its citizens and the religious bonds were loosened,
the Jewish community became a sort of civic community as well.
Gradually it became an institution acknowledged by the State
and ministered to almost all the needs of its members: the religious
and cultural life, elementary and secondary schools, adult educa­
8Bibliothek und Archiv. Katalog Band 1, herausgegeben von Max Kreutz-
berger unter Mitarbeit von Irmgard Foerg (Tuebingen, Mohr, 1970) .
Schriftenreihe wissenschaftlicher Abhandlungen des Leo Baeck Instituts. Vol.
22
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