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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 )

Alice Herz-Sommer

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Alice Herz-Sommer was the oldest living survivor of the Holocaust, died last week. Read the news story from Minnesota Public Radio.

You can learn more about Alice Herz-Sommer in the Visual History Archive.

The Visual History Archive, maintained by the USC Shoah Foundation, is a database of nearly 52,000 videos of survivors and helpers who have been interviewed and recorded. The University of Minnesota Libraries has a paid subscription to this resource. Anyone may come into campus and use it, but please note that videos must first be requested. This may take just a short time, but we recommend you call the service desk at 612 624-3321 to make arrangements before you come. Linking page is:

The Music Library has a book about Alice Herz-Sommer:
Alice's piano : the life of Alice Herz-Sommer.
Melissa Müller 1967-
1st U.S. ed.. New York : St. Martin's Press 2012
Music Library General Collection (ML417.H38 M8513 2012 )

Check for availability via the Library Catalog in MNCAT

Resources about the Holocaust in general may be found on my subject page
Selected Resources for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Listen! Music and other resources

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T'kiatot rituals for Rosh Hashana ; Psalm of the distant dove ; Four choral etudes ; A garden eastward
Weisgall, Hugo. Schwarz, Gerard, 1947-; Martínez, Ana María; Okerlund, Kristen; Itai, Avner; Bryn-Julson, Phyllis; Mester, Jorge; Seattle Symphony Orchestra; BBC Singers; Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya; Milken Archive of American Jewish Music.
[Hong Kong] : Naxos Music Library [2004]
Online access
(U of M users only; login to access via Naxos service)

Search subject= Fasts and Feasts--Judaism

Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World

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Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World
The Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World (EJIW) is the first cohesive and discreet reference work which covers the Jews of Muslim lands particularly in the late medieval, early modern and modern periods. The expanded online version, EJIW Online (started in 2010), is updated twice annually with newly commissioned articles, illustrations, multimedia, and primary source material.

A note on accessing library resources:

How does the library/campus ensure only authorized users have access?
Because most e-resource vendors limit access to the IP numbers of campus computers, users who wish to access library-licensed e-resources from off campus should connect by clicking on library-created login links. This allows the Libraries to issue off-campus users with credentials that are recognized by the vendor. All users who access licensed e-resources through the Libraries' web site must first log in with their University Internet ID and password.


Recent Acquisitions in Jewish Studies

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Check MNCAT anytime for the availability of these titles.

Modern gnosis and Zionism the crisis of culture, life philosophy and Jewish national thought
Hotam, Yotam, 1968- ebrary, Inc.
London ; New York : Routledge 2013
UM TC Internet Resource

This noble house : Jewish descendants of King David in the medieval Islamic East
Franklin, Arnold E. (Arnold Efrem), 1971-
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press c2013
Wilson Library (CS28 .F73 2013 )

Building a public Judaism : synagogues and Jewish identity in nineteenth-century Europe
Coenen Snyder, Saskia.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press 2013
TC Arch/L. Arch (NA4690 .C64 2013 )

The origin of heresy : a history of discourse in Second Temple Judaism and early Christianity
Royalty, Robert M., Jr., 1961-
New York : Routledge 2013
Available at UM TC Wilson Library (BR129 .R73 2013 )

The genius : Elijah of Vilna and the making of modern Judaism
Stern, Eliyahu, 1976-
New Haven : Yale University Press c2013
Wilson Library (BM755.E6 S77 2013 )

Rediscovering Eve : ancient Israelite women in context
Meyers, Carol L.
New York : Oxford University Press c2013
Wilson Library (HQ1172 .M49 2013 )

The memory of the Temple and the making of the rabbis
Cohn, Naftali S.
1st ed. Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press c2013
Wilson Library (BM509.T46 C64 2013 )

Conversion and narrative : reading and religious authority in Medieval polemic
Szpiech, Ryan.
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press c2013
Wilson Library (BT1117 .S97 2013 )

Recent Selections in Jewish Studies Nov. - Dec. 2012

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These titles were just ordered. Check MNCAT in the future for the availability of these titles.

Arguing With the Storm: Stories By Yiddish Women Writers Paper 2008
Do Jews, Christians, & Muslims Worship the Same God?; Jacob Neusner...Et Al. Ebook 2012
Hold On To the Sun: True Stories and Tales Govrin, Michal, 1950- Ebook 2010
Making of the Modern Jewish Bible: How Scholars in Germany, Israel, and America Transformed An Ancient Text. Levenson, Alan T Cloth 2011
Whatever Is Contained Must Be Released: My Jewish Orthodox Girlhood, My Life As A Feminist Artist. Aylon, Helene, 1931- Paper 2012

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