We are delighted to report that the Library of the Leo Baeck Institute has completed digitizing all issues of the German-Jewish émigré Journal, Aufbau, published between 1951 and 2004, which means the entire contents of the most important publication of the global German-Jewish refugee and exile community is now available online. We are very grateful that the Metropolitan New York Library Council helped with funding for this important project. This digitization project at LBI complements the work of the German National library, which had already digitized the issues published between 1934 and 1950 as part of its Exilpresse Digital project.
The Aufbau was a journal for German-speaking Jews around the globe. It was founded in 1934 by the German-Jewish Club, which was later renamed the New World Club. It was published in New York until April 2004. Contributors to the Aufbau included many of the most prominent German literary, political, and scientific figures in exile, including Jews and non-Jews, such as Hannah Arendt, Albert Einstein, Stefan Zweig, Thomas Mann, Fritz von Unruh, Carl Zuckmayer, Franz Werfel, and Lion Feuchtwanger. Later contributors included prominent Germans such as Ralph Giordano, Jens Reich, and Stefan Heym.
The original purpose of the journal was as a monthly newsletter for the German-Jewish club, which included information and helpful facts for Jewish refugees. The Aufbau became one of the leading anti-Nazi publications of the German press in exile. From September 1, 1944 through September 27, 1946, the Aufbau printed numerous lists of Jewish Holocaust survivors located in Europe, as well as a few lists of victims. -- Renate Evers, Head Librarian, Leo Baeck Insitute