National Library of Israel, Germany Partner to Digitize and Put Historic Papers Online

Posted on March 4, 2012 by

via Haaretz:

Soon you’ll be able to read the personal archives of Martin Buber and Gershom Scholem online. Hundreds of medieval manuscripts, scores of personal archives and many other materials retained at the National Library in Jerusalem will be digitized, as part of a joint project by the Israeli and German governments. The materials will then be made available on the Internet.

As the two governments are particularly interested in highlighting points of encounter between the Jewish and German cultures, the project will focus on literature documenting German-Jewish culture of the past thousand years. Digitized documents will include copies of Hebrew manuscripts produced in Germany in the Middle Ages and held today in the National Library, as well as rare Hebrew books and newspapers.

Dr. Aviad Stollman, curator of the Jewish collection at the library, told Haaretz the project will “rely on the library’s advanced technology to produce high-quality scans of the texts, as well as on cooperation with German researchers, who will play a central part in cataloging the materials.”

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