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Jewish periodicals in Nazi Germany


Jewish periodicals in Nazi Germany represent an historical source of great importance for research on the life and suffering of the Jewish community under the National Socialist dictatorship. As a result of the situation in which they have survived, access to them is restricted and only possible with great difficulty. The objective of the project is the digitalisation and indexing of the most important Jewish periodicals founded in Germany after (or shortly before) the National Socialist seizure of power in 1933. For the most part organs of the – in part newly founded – self-help institutions of the Jewish community, they represent its direct response to persecution by the Nazi regime.

Dear Users,
for legal reasons, it is not currently possible to provide online access to the "Jewish periodicals from Nazi Germany". We would like to express our gratitude for the large amount of correspondence we have received on this matter.
We are endeavouring to reply to each individual request and to give careful consideration to each suggestion, but we would now like to give a brief outline of the current situation.
The rights holders of a considerable number of digitised works are not known. This problem of orphan works is being addressed by legislators in Germany and also at the European level. Unfortunately no solution has yet been found. For this reason the German National Library has decided to discontinue providing access to these works via the Internet. We deeply regret this situation. There were very good reasons for digitising these journals, as they represent important source material which is otherwise difficult to access.
The digitised versions will, however, continue to be available for use in the reading rooms of the German National Library in Leipzig and Frankfurt am Main. If changes are made to copyright laws in the future which make it possible to distribute copyright-protected orphan works and/or publications which are long out-of-print in a legally regulated manner, the German National Library will then naturally make use of these regulations and resulting processes to make all such publications accessible. We are also continuing to explore the possibility of clearing the rights.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Head of the German Exile Archive 1933 - 1945 (Deutsches Exilarchiv), Dr. Sylvia Asmus, if you have any further questions.

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Project duration

2004 – 2006

Last update: 29.11.2016

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