Leo Baeck Institute is a research library and archive that contains the most significant collection of source material relating to the history of German-speaking Jewry, from its origins to its tragic destruction by the Nazis and continuing to the present day.
Dating back almost 2,000 years, when Jews first settled along the Rhine, the Jewish communities of Germany, Austria, and other German-speaking areas of Europe had a history marked by individual as well as collective accomplishments. To appreciate the impact of German-speaking Jewry in modern times, one need only recall such names as Martin Buber, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud and Franz Kafka.
The Institute's collections include more than 10,000 archival records, 2,000 memoirs, 25,000 photographs, 80,000 books, 1,600 periodicals, and thousands of artworks. These materials document two millenia of Jewish history in German-speaking lands, and they are of interest to researchers in disciplines that range from social and economic history to Jewish studies and modern European intellectual history. They also serve as a critical resource to community historians and genealogists.