Rare books, periodicals and a wealth of records from the Leo Baeck Institute
Leo Baeck Institute, New York | Berlin is a library and archive in the Center for Jewish History in New York that houses a repository of source material on the history of German-speaking Jews. LBI has contributed nearly 8,000 records to Europeana, including a selection of rare books, art and illustrated books, and periodicals as well as thousands of archival collections that contain manuscripts, correspondence, and records of all kinds.
The Trial by Franz Kafka, jacket design and illustrations by George Salter, published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1937.
Book designs by George Salter
One unique collection digitized by LBI is a library of about 300 books designed by George Salter, whose innovative work for publishers during the Weimar Republic produced signature pieces for some of the important literary works of the 20th century. So great was Salter’s international reputation that when he immigrated to New York in 1934, he was immediately able to begin work for American publishers, and change the face of American book design as well.
Among the rare periodicals digitized by Leo Baeck Institute and now searchable through Europeana are 20th century congregational bulletins from various Jewish communities in Germany, Austria, and other German-speaking areas. Other highlights include the newsletters of German-Jewish organizations such as Zionist, youth, and sports clubs and an extensive collection of periodicals published in the 1930s and 1940s by German Jews in exile from Shanghai to New York. Perhaps the most significant among these is Aufbau, the weekly German-language paper published by the Jewish refugee community in New York between 1934 and 2004.