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Digitisation of German-Jewish cultural heritage


Marking 50 years of diplomatic ties between Germany and Israel, the national libraries of the two countries are taking the lead on a digitisation project in 2015.

In collaboration with the other project participants they are aiming to provide access to important primary sources and to consolidate the cultural cooperation between Germany and Israel.

German-Jewish cultural assets are to be digitised in libraries and archives in both countries and made accessible to a global audience e.g. via the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB). These assets include books held by the National Library of Israel published in German, Yiddish or Hebrew or in Hebraic script, medieval and early modern Hebrew manuscripts held in German libraries and archive material held by the National Library of Israel for the existing "Arts in Exile" virtual exhibition. .

Project partners

Project co-ordination

  • German National Library
  • National Library of Israel

German project partners

  • Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Preußischer Kulturbesitz
  • University Library Johann Christian Senckenberg, Frankfurt/Main
  • Hamburg State and University Library Carl von Ossietzky
  • Leipzig University Library
  • Bavarian State Library, Munich


The Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM)

Project duration


Further information

Special publication: The Digitisation of German-Jewish Cultural Heritage. A Collaboration between Israel and Germany urn:nbn:de:101-2018101600

Last update: 30.11.2018

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