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Data of interest to the student of anti-Semitism can be found in
the Helen S. Slosberg collection of Dreyfusiana as well as in the
Leo Frank archival collection. The Dreyfus collection is an impor­
tant resource for our knowledge of French anti-Semitism in the
19th century. It consists of scarce books, pamphlets, newspapers
and photographs pertaining to the Dreyfus Trial. Letters by
Emile Zola, Georges Clemenceau and other personages con­
nected with the case are also included in the collection. The Frank
collection is concerned with anti-Semitism in the United States at
the beginning of the 20th century. It consists of books, pamphlets
and correspondence, including Frank’s personal letters and other
materials pertaining to the Frank trial and lynching in 1913.
The Special Collections Department has had a special interest
in collecting primary source materials relating to radical political
movements in the 20th century. As a result, it has amassed one of
the largest collections of materials pertaining to the Spanish Civil
War. The documents, photographs and monographs which de­
pict the role Jews played in this conflict, particularly as members
of the East European Jewish Naftali Botwin Company and the
American Abraham Lincoln Brigade, are of major importance to
the student of Jewish history of this period.
The student of the Holocaust will find much significant pri­
mary source material in the resistance collection presently being
developed by the Special Collections Department. Also of interest
are the materials pertaining to the Nazi party and its effort to
destroy world Jewry. These include among others the orders of
the day issued by the German high command at the There-
sienstadt concentration camp for the period 1942-1944. The
documents, the gift of Mrs. Emma Goldscheider Fuchs, a survivor
of Theresienstadt, depict daily life in this camp. It is expected that
the increased interest in Holocaust studies at Brandeis as a result
of the establishment of the Tauber Institute will bring about
significant development of the collections pertaining to this disci­
The library’sJudaica bookstock and original primary resources
are complemented by extensive holdings of both current and
non-current serials and a significant micro-text reprint collection.