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W O L P E /O S T R O W L IB R A R Y — U N IV E R S IT Y O F JU D A ISM
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labels, covers and special cancellations, from 1902 until the mid
1960’s.
During the past year, the library received a gift o f 400 vol­
umes, a considerable portion o f which dealt with the Arab world
and Palestine before the British Mandate. This collection in­
cludes books and research documents concerning Jews active
in the Polish second corps in World War II.
In the nea r fu tu re , the library will be the recipient o f a major
gift o f several thousand volumes in theology, philosophy, and
Bible from the president o f the University, Dr. David Lieber.
GROW ING SUPPORT
As the library grew monetary endowments for special collec­
tions began to increase. As a result, the library now boasts special
collections in Medicine, Law, Ethics, Music, Yiddish, Semitic
Languages, Sephardic culture, Sociology o f Israel, Philosophy,
and many o the r areas o f both general and Jewish interest.
Several interesting private donations came to the library over
the years. Irving Jonas, Head Cantor of the renowned congre­
gation o f Mainz from 1930-1947, donated his extensive collec­
tion o f liturgical materials. Kalman Friedman, Chief Rabbi o f
Florence Italy, donated his collection o f rabbinics in Italian,
many o f the works going back to the 17th and 18th century.
T he Friedman collection contained such works as a 1538 edition
o f
Sefer Hasidim
prin ted in Bologna, the
Mikhlol
o f R. David
Kimchi from Venice, 1545, and many similar works.
The range o f the collection is demonstrated first by the un ­
usual Judaica and Hebraica items, including such diverse works
as rabbinic memoirs, an extensive collection o f modern schol­
arship on the Bible, many works o f talmudic and legal com­
mentary, a complete set o f the Nuremberg Trials and the papers
o f the Eichmann trial in Jerusalem . These works exist side by
side with very d iffe ren t items, such as a complete set o f
The
Cross and the Flag
, the periodical founded by the notorious anti-
Semite Gerald L.K. Smith, the 1962
Sovietish Heymland,
and a
growing classics library, with a range o f Latin, Greek and Roman
authors.
A particularly fo rtuna te acquisition was the Maslan Bible col­
lection. This 5,000 volume collection includes Bibles o f all sizes
in Hebrew, Syriac, French, German, Chinese, Tagalog, Cher­