Danish-Jewish culture and history

Publications in Danish and other languages, e.g. Hebrew and Yiddish, printed in Denmark (incl. earlier territories abroad) and/or originating from communities, associations and other organisations in Denmark (app. 1700 -) are subject to the state deposit law and included in the Danish (National) Collection, incl. the Collection of Pamphlets and Corporate Publications. They can, unless the library holds duplicate copies, only be ordered for use in the reading rooms and centres. Publications printed abroad dealing with Danish-Jewish conditions are normally available for lending, unless printed before 1900 or fragile and/or rare.

The Manuscript Collections and Archives holds the main collection of private archives at The Royal Library, and here can be found private archives, as well as singular letters to and from persons, whose actions have influenced the history of the Jews in Denmark. The perhaps most famous of all Danish-Jewish private archives, the David Simonsen Archives, is administered by the Judaica Collection.

Other material than printed matter and archives can be of relevance. The Music Collections hold works - manuscripts and printed items - by Danish-Jewish composers; in the Drama Collection can be found plays by Danish-Jewish authors and documentation of performances in Denmark.

The library's large collection of photographs and portraits document persons and events in Denmark and abroad; for an overview, see the homepages of the Prints and Photographs Section. The collections of the Museum of Danish Cartoon Art mirrors the public debate through political caricatures etc.

For a bibliography (incl. films etc.) covering Danish-Jewish history and culture, please consult The Jews of Denmark - a Bibliography, compiled and generously made available by Mr. Shlomy Raiskin, Petach Tikva, Israel (2006).