For several years the Arbeitsstelle Holocaustliteratur has been collecting material from authors of Holocaust Literature, for instance literary estates, individual (published and unpublished) texts by contemporary witnesses, and particularly the documents of the history of the Lodz/Litzmannstadt Ghetto. Dr. Lucille Eichengreen, author and survivor of the Lodz/Litzmannstadt Ghetto, provided the Arbeitsstelle Holocaustliteratur with the largest pre-death estate. It includes materials documenting the genesis of her works (“Von Asche zum Leben”, “Rumkowski, der Judenälteste von Lodz”, and “Frauen und Holocaust”) as well as their perception. Furthermore, it comprises correspondence with other authors (e.g. Lucjan Dobroszycki, Leslie Epstein, Chawa/Chava Rosenfarb).
The collection of the Arbeitsstelle Holocaustliteratur is still in the process of being built up, however, it can be viewed in Giessen by prior appointment. Our institution is always interested in archiving further records of Holocaust Literature (especially diaries, original manuscripts, correspondence with publishers and authors, and reviews), as well as on the history of the ‘Third Reich’. Please feel free to contact us!
Since 1998, the Arbeitsstelle has worked in close collaboration with the Germanic faculty library to construct a collection focused on Holocaust Literature. The library of the Ernst-Ludwig Chambré-Stiftung in Lich is also co-supervised by us.