The Leo Baeck Institute, and the 1939 German Minority Census
ENGLISH CORNER, CON LINDA JIMÉNEZ – This week’s trivia question: What information was included in the Minority Census conducted in Germany in 1939?
The Leo Baeck Institute, located at the Center for Jewish History in New York, is devoted to the history of German-speaking Jews. Its 80,000-volume library and extensive archival and art collections represent the most significant repository of primary source material and scholarship on the Jewish communities of Central Europe over the past five centuries.
The Institute is committed to preserving this legacy and has digitized over 3.5 million pages of documents from its collections—from rare renaissance books to the personal correspondence of luminaries and ordinary people alike, to community histories and official documents. LBI also promotes the study and understanding of German-Jewish history through its public programs, exhibitions, and support for research and scholars.
Michael Simonson is an archivist and registrar at the Institute. He recently gave a talk at a meeting of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island about the Minority Census conducted in Germany in 1939. After his presentation he spoke with us about the Leo Baeck Institute and the Minority Census. (You can contact Michael directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org)