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The digitization project of Wiener library in Tel Aviv University, was initiated in 2015, and gives access to thousands of documents kept in the library’s archive.
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Alfred Wiener Documents Collection
Alfred Wiener Documents Collection contains original documents, collected by Dr. Wiener and his assistants from the early nineteen-thirties, during the war, and its aftermath. The documents’ subjects vary from correspondence and decrees of various Nazi agencies and Ideology to the activities, the life and the fate of Jewish associations, communities, and individuals before, during and after the Holocaust. It also contains numerous documents regarding the evolvement of modern Antisemitism, as well as racial and Nazi ideology.
Hadassa Ben-Itto collection
The collection contains the documents collected by Judge Ben-Itto during years of research for her book The Lie That Wouldn't Die: The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. The documents tell the story of those who forged the Protocols distributed it around the world and used it as an antisemitic weapon. It also sheds lights on the tremendous activities of those who exposed and disproved it; with special emphasis given to the two major trials, both initiated in 1934 by Jewish communities in Switzerland and in South Africa against local Nazi distributors of the document.
Protocols of the wise men of Zion
The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is a fake and anti-Semitic document, detailing in 24 chapters the "Jewish plan" to take over the world. The forgery is a compilation of various publications from the nineteenth-century issued by Sergei Nilus in Russia, 1905, and since then in numerous places and languages. The collection includes documents on the origins and the evolvement of the myth and the various publications.
Bern Trial, 1934-1935 & Grahamstown Trial, 1934
* The Bern Trial, Switzerland (1934-1935), was a legal action taken by the Swiss Jewish Community (SIG) against the leaders of the National Front for distributing copies of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
* The Grahamstown Trial (1934), was the result of a four-page document printed in the weekly newspaper Die Rapport, which was allegedly procured from the Western Road synagogue in Port Elizabeth, and signed by its rabbi Abraham Levy. The forged document was based on the Protocols, and presented the Jewish local conspiracy to attain domination over South Africa as part of a larger international plot. Rabbi Levy sued the leaders of the Nazi group "Grey Shirts Movement" for distributing the document, and won the trial.
This collection includes various types of sources: protocols from court hearings, investigation reports, letters, and newspaper clippings beginning from the late 19th century. The core of the collection comprises sources and investigation reports that formed the basis for the legal campaign led by the Jewish communities in Bern and in Port Elizabeth. Particularly noteworthy are the documents originating from Georges Brunschvig's private archive. These comprehend, among other things, the research conducted by lawyers in Russia, Germany, and France in preparation for the Bern trial.
The Nazi Justice
The Nazi Justice Collection contains information on the judiciary in Nazi Germany and hundreds of trial transcripts. One part of the collection contains registers of convicts, laws and regulations, information on judges and attorneys, a detailed report of executions in Brandenburg (Oct. 1944 to Apr. 1945) and a list of Nazis who have worked in Auschwitz. Other parts contain trial transcripts mostly from the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia from the period of 1942 to 1945 in alphabetical order. Most trials were either held in a German (“Sondergericht”) special court and in the (“Volksgerichtshof”) people's court.
Supported by the Claims Conference - Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, L’Association Française de l’Université de Tel-Aviv, La Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah, and with the assistance of Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center.