Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Collections at Brandeis University


Six collections related to the Holocaust and Jewish and radical resistance to persecution before and during World War II: 1. Helmut Hirsch Collection (c. 1916-1992): Personal papers of a German Jewish youth executed by the Nazis for his involvement in a plot to bomb the Nazi headquarters at Nuremberg. 2. Jewish Resistance Collection (c. 1932-1950s): Underground publications by German Communist and French Jewish resisters to the Nazis; international post-war reports documenting the persecution and extermination of Jews and the course of several Nuremberg trials; and Nazi paraphernalia. 3. Lipman Nazi Documents (c. 1925-1945): Original documents and correspondence by high-level Nazi officials: family papers of Wilhelm Frick, Reich Minister of the Interior; documents related to the assassination attempt against Hitler (1944); and original documents issued by top Nazi officials (Goebbels, Himmler, Hitler, etc.). 4. Curt Rosenthal Correspondence (c. 1938-1947): Personal and family correspondence of Curt Rosenthal, a German Jew and émigré to the U.S., spanning the Holocaust and World War II. 5. Spitzer Family Collection (c. 1925-1980): Correspondence, photographs, and other materials documenting the experiences of a Czech-Jewish family before, during, and after the Holocaust. 6. Theresienstadt Concentration Camp Documents (1942-1944): Hundreds of daily orders issued from Theresienstadt, which provide detailed information about the workings of the camp.


Cataloging Hidden Collections

Amount Awarded

Year Added



Brandeis University


  • Karen Abramson

Collection Size

18 linear feet

Date Range

1916 - 1992

Geographic Scope

Materials were created in the United States and Europe. Primary source documents are mainly in English, German, French, and Yiddish.