Compact memory

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Compact Memory is a freely accessible digital library of 330 predominantly German-language Jewish periodicals from the period 1771 to 1938.

The journals with a total volume of over 1,000,000 pages were digitized from 2000 to 2006 as part of a project funded by the German Research Foundation . This means that important sources for the history of Judaism in Germany and Austria, such as the Allgemeine Zeitung des Judentums , Der Israelit and the Jüdische Rundschau, are completely available as e-texts and can be used regardless of location without damaging the originals, some of which are in a poor state of preservation. Project partners were RWTH Aachen University , the special collection area Judaism at the Johann Christian Senckenberg University Library and the Germania Judaica Library . The journal database is gradually being expanded, including in cooperation with the Leo Baeck Institute , New York, and other libraries and institutions.

The data volume of the scanned pages is about 137 gigabytes . The journals can be searched individually via a navigation bar with main and sub-entries. There is also a search function that can be used to search for titles / keywords and authors. In addition to automated text recognition , more than 81,000 individual contributions from more than 10,000 authors were indexed bibliographically according to the rules for formal cataloging .

In 2004, Compact Memory was recognized by UNESCO as a digital world cultural heritage.

Compact Memory has been part of the digital Judaica portal of the Frankfurt University Library since 2014 .


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  1. The selection of Compact Memory in the portal provides 305 titles (as of May 2019).
  2. Miriam Beiseler: A database as a world cultural heritage. In: Deutsche Welle . April 8, 2004, accessed May 27, 2019.