Of Yellowed Documents: the history of the Bonn Jewish community

Front cover of Aus Vergilbten Akten: Zur Geschichte der Bonner Synagogengemeinde [Of Yellowed Documents: the history of the Bonn Jewish community] against a black background. The cover is yellowed from age and features a purple circular stamp from the Offenbach Archival Depot.

Max Cohn (German). Aus Vergilbten Akten: Zur Geschichte der Bonner Synagogengemeinde [Of Yellowed Documents: the history of the Bonn Jewish community]. 1931. Bonn.
Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica, Special & Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida.

The Jewish presence in Bonn dates back to the 11th century. By the time this history of the community was written in 1931, the Jews of Bonn numbered around one thousand. The population was dramatically reduced after Kristallnacht, and the Jews that remained in Bonn were later deported to concentration camps.

Not only is the Price Library’s copy of this important historical work exceptionally rare, but a stamp on its cover also reveals that it came to the collection via the Archival Depot in Offenbach. Millions of looted books recovered by the Allies were stored there while the U.S. book restitution task force attempted to trace the books’ original owners or otherwise redistribute them to Jewish centers of learning.

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