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The Story of the Jews

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Have you been watching The Story of the Jews on PBS with Simon Schama?
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Here are some related resources in our University of Minnesota Libraries collections:

Two Rothschilds and the land of Israel
Simon Schama
1st American ed.. New York : Knopf : distributed by Random House 1978
Wilson Library General Collection (956.94 R746bs )

Jews, America : a representation
Frédéric Brenner 1959- Simon Schama
New York : Harry N. Abrams 1996
Wilson Library Annex Sub-Basement (Flat E184.J5 B728 1996 )

The Netherlands and Nazi Germany
L. Jong (Louis) foreward by Simon Schama
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press 1990
Wilson Library General Collection (D802.N4 J658 1990 )


Subject page: Selected Resources for Jewish Studies Research This page is managed by the Librarian for Jewish Studies at the University of Minnesota Libraries. It includes online and print sources recommended for you as you begin your research.

Encyclopaedia Judaica
Fred Skolnik; Michael Berenbaum 1945-
2nd ed.. Detroit : Macmillan Reference USA in association with the Keter Pub. House c2007
Online access. The library also has physical copies.
Wilson Library Reference Quarto DS102.8 .E496 2007

The YIVO encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe
Gershon David Hundert 1946-; Yivo Institute for Jewish Research.
Wilson Library Reference (Quarto DS135.E8 Y578 2008

Historical dictionary of the Jews
Historical dictionaries of people and cultures; no. 9.
Alan Unterman
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press 2011
Wilson Library Reference (DS114 .U58 2011 )

Encyclopedia of the Jewish diaspora : origins, experiences, and culture
M Ehrlich (Mark Avrum), 1958-
Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO c2009
Wilson Library Reference (Quarto DS115 .E47 2009 )

Historical dictionary of ancient Israel
Historical dictionaries of ancient civilizations and historical eras ; no. 13
Niels Peter Lemche
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press 2004
Wilson Library Reference (DS102.8 .L38 2004 )

Encyclopedia of modern Jewish culture
Glenda Abramson
London ; New York : Routledge 2005
Wilson Library Reference (DS102.8 .E56 2005 )

Medieval Jewish civilization : an encyclopedia
Routledge encyclopedias of the Middle Ages; v. 7
Norman Roth 1938-
New York : Routledge 2003
Wilson Library Reference (Quarto DS124 .M386 2003 )

Encyclopedia of Jewish American popular culture
Jack Fischel; Susan M Ortmann
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press 2009
Wilson Library Reference (Quarto E184.35 .E54 2009 )

Dictionary of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict : culture, history and politics
Claude Faure
Farmington Hills, MI : Thomson Gale c2005
Wilson Library Reference (Quarto JQ1830.A58 F3813 2005 )


The Jew in the medieval world : a source book : 315-1791
Jacob Rader Marcus 1896-1995. Marc Saperstein
Rev. ed.. Cincinnati : Hebrew Union College Press c1999
Wilson Library General Collection (DS124 .M34 1999 )

Documents on the Holocaust : selected sources on the destruction of the Jews of Germany and Austria, Poland, and the Soviet Union
Yitzhak Arad 1926-; Israel Gutman; Abraham Margaliot 1920-

The Jews among the Greeks and Romans : a diasporan source
Margaret Williams 1947-
London : Duckworth 1998
Wilson Library General Collection (DS122 .J49x 1998 )

Everyday Jewish life in imperial Russia : select documents, 1772-1914
Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry series (Unnumbered)
ChaeRan Y. Freeze; Jay Michael Harris 1956-
Waltham, Massachusetts : Brandeis University Press 2013
Wilson Library General Collection (DS134.84 .E94 2013 )

The origins of Israel, 1882-1948 : a documentary history
Sources in modern Jewish history
Eran Kaplan; Derek Jonathan Penslar; David Sorkin
Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press c2011
Wilson Library General Collection (DS125 .O75 2011 )

Jewish American chronology : chronologies of the American mosaic
Mark K. Bauman 1946-
Santa Barbara, Calif. : Greenwood c2011
Wilson Library General Collection (Quarto E184.35 .B38 2011 )

The Jews in the legal sources of the early Middle Ages
Amnon Linder
Detroit : Wayne State University Press ; Jerusalem : Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities c1997
Law Library General Collection (KJC5144.M56 J49 1997 ) and other locations

America views the Holocaust, 1933-1945 : a brief documentary history
The Bedford series in history and culture
Robert H. Abzug
Boston : Bedford/St. Martin's 1999
Wilson Library General Collection (D804.19 .A29x 1999 )

The Jews in Western Europe, 1400-1600
Manchester medieval sources series
John Edwards 1949-
Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York, NY, USA : Distributed exclusively in the USA and Canada by St. Martin's Press c1994
Wilson Library General Collection (DS135.E81 J48 1994 )

America and the Holocaust : a thirteen-volume set documenting the editor's The abandonment of the Jews
David S Wyman; David S Wyman
New York : Garland Pub. 1989-1991
Wilson Library General Collection (Quarto D804.3 .A47 1989 )

The judicial system and the Jews in Nazi Germany
series: Holocaust; 13
John Mendelsohn 1928-1986.
New York : Garland 1982
Check holdings at TC Wilson Library General Collection (Quarto D810.J4 H655 )

Judaism in practice : from the Middle Ages through the early modern period
series: Princeton readings in religions
Lawrence Fine
Princeton, NJ : Princeton Univ. Press c2001
Wilson Library General Collection (BM180 .J82 2001 )


Undigested past : the Holocaust in Lithuania
(series: On the boundary of two worlds; 31.)
Robert van Voren
Amsterdam ; New York : Rodopi 2011
Wilson Library General Collection (DS135.L5 V67 2011 )

Digital Humanities Sparkfest

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This research retreat will offer inspiring examples of digital humanities scholarship, provide an opportunity to discuss tools and issues at the heart of the research, and allow you to network with potential research partners. This symposium is aimed at scholars (faculty and graduate students) from humanities and computer science fields, academic technologists, programmers, research consultants, librarians, and other academic support staff from Minnesota. Since this mode of research requires collaboration and partnership, we are aiming for a diverse set of attendees that will spark new research.
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Dr. Levinson talk: OT in Nazi Germany

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"The Struggle for the Old Testament in Nazi Germany: The Untold Story of Gerhard von Rad"

Bernard Levinson, Berman Family Chair in Jewish Studies and Hebrew Bible and Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Studies and of Law at the University of Minnesota, will be giving a special lecture at Or Emet: Minnesota Congregation for Humanistic Judaism on Friday, April 27, 2012. Levinson will discuss the moving story of Gerhard von Rad's heroic struggles to defend the Old Testament in Nazi Germany and how he fought this battle in near isolation, long before he became a famous Protestant theologian.

The lecture will begin after Or Emet's 7:30 pm Humanistic Sabbath service and will be followed by an Oneg Shabbat reception. The event will be held at Minneapolis Sabes Jewish Community Center, 4330 Cedar Lake Rd. S., St. Louis Park, and is free and open to the public.

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Jewish Library Snapshot Day

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An alert colleague shared this with me:

3,548 Library Lovers Celebrate Jewish Library Snapshot Day

ACRL Award to U Libraries 4/22

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University Libraries to be Presented with Prestigious "Excellence in Academic Libraries" Award

The University of Minnesota Libraries are bringing in the cupcakes and trumpets to celebrate winning this year's prestigious Excellence in Academic Libraries Award. The Libraries have received the award, a national tribute to a library and its staff, in recognition of their success integrating their expertise and resources into the life of the campus. Sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL, a division of the American Library Association) and Blackwell’s Book Services, the $3,000 award and a plaque will be presented by ACRL President Erika Linke to Provost Tom Sullivan and University Librarian Wendy Pradt Lougee at a 3:00 p.m. ceremony on Wednesday, April 22 in Walter Library.

Read more about the award.

TODAY: Who Owns Your Scholarship?

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TODAY: Who Owns Your Scholarship? Copyright, Publication Agreements, and Good Policy -
A Workshop for Authors and Creators of Academic Works

Presented by Kenneth Crews, Director of the Copyright Advisory Office, Columbia University
Monday, February 16, 2009
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union

Free to University of Minnesota community. This event has been designated by the Office of the Vice President for Research to satisfy the Awareness/Discussion component of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) continuing education requirement.

Who owns the article or book you just published?

Who owns your course syllabus and lecture notes?

Who controls publishing in your discipline?

How can you fairly use the work of others in your scholarship?

How does the new University Copyright Policy affect you?

Attend this short workshop to discuss these questions with your colleagues and learn how to manage your copyrights while increasing the impact of your work by providing the greatest possible visibility and access.

Register in person or limited space is also available to participate online. For online participation, please review the UMConnect instructions in advance at: and then login to the live presentation on February 16 at:

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