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modern Hebrew literature. These collections contain much val­
uable hitherto unpublished materials about writers. Included
in their pages are varied items, such as autobiographies, man­
uscript writings, diaries and correspondence.
Among the Institute’s publications is a volume entitled
Sofrim
Ivrim Shenispu Ba-Shoah
(Hebrew Writers Who Perished in the
Holocaust), which appeared as an augmented issue o f
Yediot
Genazim
in 1973. It contains biographical information about 63
poets, novelists, critics and scholars who died in the ghettos and
concentration camps. The information about each author in­
cludes pictures, representative selections from his writings and
various documents.
VARIED MATERIALS
The scope of Genazim’s interests is evident from the following
description of its activities:
Bibliographical Listing:
As indicated, the maintaining of a bib­
liographical record for each author is a primary aim of the In ­
stitute. A card file of publications of both books and articles
is kept up to date not only for authors in Israel but also through­
out the world. It is both retroactive to the days of Moshe Hayyim
Luzzatto and inclusive of current writers. The bibliographical
catalogue contains some 4,500,000 cards.
Individual Cards:
Separate cards are kept for each author, on
which there is a record of his dates, literary awards, recordings
and the like. A special file is of aid in identifying literary pseu­
donyms.
Newspaper Clippings:
Files are maintained for clippings, re­
views, news items and evaluations of authors. These are avail­
able for reproduction.
Photo Collection:
The Institute has photos of authors covering
various periods of their lives. The collection numbers many
thousands of items and is of historical importance.
Recordings:
The Institute has an ongoing program of record­
ing interviews with authors and maintains a library of these rec­
ordings.
Personal Questionnaires:
The Institute maintains a file of per­
sonal questionnaires which help to provide first-hand informa­
tion on various authors.
Archival Collections:
The Institute houses some 1,250 archival