Centre for German-Jewish Studies


The establishment of the Centre for German-Jewish Studies at the University of Sussex in 1994 has attracted the deposit of various collections that reflect the study of political, cultural and everyday life German-Jewish history, in particular the history of Jewish refugees and their families to the United Kingdom during and after the Second World War.

In conjunction with the University of Sussex Special Collections team, the Centre has secured funding for an 18-month project to work on the German-Jewish collections. The collections are held together with the other University of Sussex archives at the Keep, a centre of excellence in preservation and conservation. A selection of the material has been made available online here:

The German-Jewish archives currently consist of 49 collections of family papers filling more than 200 archival boxes. Among others, these include:

The project which runs until November 2017, will make these collections more accessible through cataloguing and digitisation. The aim is to raise awareness of the collection among scholars, educators and the general public. The project works closely with academics, archivists and Holocaust teachers to produce themed digital packets highlighting the potential of the collections.For updates from the project see the Keep Blog or contact D.Franklin@sussex.ac.uk