Conference Proceeding: The Old Jewish Library in Mainz

The Old Jewish Library of Mainz was saved during World War II. The books were hidden in a coal cellar and survived in rather good condition. The collection of almost 5500 volumes, among them rare Hebraica and manuscripts, is one of the very few libraries saved from the persecutions in Germany. In 1946 the books were brought to the newly founded university of Mainz. Most interesting is the reconstruction of the ownership of some of the books. Some of the books came from the private libraries of Rabbis and preachers the Mainz community; most famous are Marcus Lehmann (1831-1890) and Siegmund Salfeld (1843-1926).The presentation will give an overview of the most precious volumes and the libraries history.