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Classification Scheme of the Library of the Jewish Museum Berlin

Here you can find the classification scheme of our library from the following classification groups: reference works, arts, history, biographies, languages, Israel/Palestine, religion/philosophy, literature, performing arts, migration and diversity, and other fields of knowledge.

Map with all buildings that belong to the Jewish Museum Berlin. The W. M. Blumenthal Academy is marked in green


W. M. Blumenthal Academy, Library
Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin Postal address: Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin

I. Reference works

I. 1. Encyclopedias

I. 1.1. Specialized reference works
I. 2. Biblographical reference works
I. 3. Biographical reference works
I. 4. Address books
I. 5. Dictionaries
I. 7. Source studies
I. 8. Maps
I. 9. Publications/exhibition catalogues of the Jewish Museum Berlin

II. Arts

II.0. Reference works, Encyclopedias

II.1. Art History

II.1.0. General Reference works, Catalogues
II.1.1. Art Theory, visual culture
II.1.2. Artist’s profession (education, art academies)
II.1.3. Art-trade (galleries, collectors, patrons)
II.1.4. Art-looting (expropriation, looted art, restitution)
II.1.5. Art-reception

II.2. Iconography (motifs, symbols and themes)

II.2.0. General Reference works, Catalogues
II.2.1. Bible, religion
II.2.2. Zionism
II.2.3. Humans, society, everyday life
II.2.4. Anti-Jewish depictions
II.2.5. Shoah/Holocaust
II.2.20. Miscellaneous

II.3. Fine arts (Painting, graphics, sculpture)

II.3.0. General Reference works, Catalogues
II.3.1. Antiquity (ca. 1500 BCE – ca. 600 BCE)
II.3.2. Middle Ages (ca. 600–1500)
II.3.3. Modern Period (1500–1900)
II.3.4. Classical modernity (ca. 1900–1945)
II.3.5. Art in concentration camps, by the Resistance, in exile (1933–1945)
II.3.6. Post-war period (1945–1990)
II.3.7. Present age (since 1990)

II.4. Applied Arts

II.4.0. General Reference works, Catalogues
II.4.1. Caricature, comic
II.4.2. Books, print works, paper (design, illustration, typography)
II.4.3. Gold- and silversmithery
II.4.4. Metalwork (copper, sheet metal, bronze, iron, tin casting)
II.4.5. Porcelain, ceramics, glass, enamel
II.4.6. Textiles (carpets, weaving, needlework)
II.4.7. Interior Design, furniture, home appliances
II.4.8. Fashion, costumes, jewelry
II.4.9. Poster design, advertising
II.4.20. Artists (A–Z)

II.5. Judaica

II.5.0. General Reference works, Catalogues
II.5.1. Book art, manuscripts (design, illustration, typography)
II.5.2. Textiles
II.5.3. Metalwork

II.6. Architecture

II.6.0. General Reference works, Catalogues
II.6.1. Memorials
II.6.2. Miscellaneous themes
II.6.20. Architects (A–Z)

II.7. Photography

II.7.0. General Reference works, Catalogues
II.7.1. Miscellaneous themes and motifs
II.7.20. Photographers (A–Z)

II.8. Catalogues (collections, exhibitions)

II.8.1. Jewish Museums
II.8.2. Other Museums and Institutions

II.9. Synagogues, Mikveh

II.9.0. General Reference works, Catalogues
II.9.1. Synagogues in Germany
II.9.2. Synagogues worldwide
II.9.3. Mikveh

II.10. Cemeteries, sepulchral art

II.10.0. General Reference works, Catalogues
II.10.1. Cemeteries, sepulchral art in Germany
II.10.2. Cemeteries, sepulchral art worldwide

II.11. Auction catalogues
II.12. Artists (A–Z)

III. History

III. 1. History in general
III. 2. German history
III. 3. Berlin history
III. 5. Jewish history of Berlin

III. 5.1. Jewish History of Berlin in general
III. 5.2. Communities, museums, schools, hospitals
III. 5.3. Companies and institutions
III. 5.4. Borough history

III. 6. Jewish history in Germany

III. 6.1. Jewish history in Germany in general
III. 6.2. Middle Ages, Early Modern Period
III. 6.3. Absolutism
III. 6.4. Emancipation (1780–1871)
III. 6.5. German Empire/Weimar Republic
III. 6.6. see III.9.2. 1933–1945
III. 6.7. Postwar Period, Federal Republic of Germany, GDR
III. 6.8. Economic History
III. 6.9. Present age (1990–present)

III. 7. Regional and local history
III. 8. Jewish history

III. 8.1. Jewish history in general
III. 8.2. Anti-Semitism, defense
III. 8.3. Jewish history of Europe
III. 8.4. Jewish history of non-European countries

III. 9. National Socialism

III. 9.1. Nazi sources
III. 9.2. History of the Jews 1933–1945
III. 9.3. Exile, emigration
III. 9.4. Resistance
III. 9.5. Secondary literature

III. 10. Examination of Nazi-Period

III. 10.1. War crime trials, "Wiedergutmachung"
III. 10.2. "Vergangenheitsbewältigung"
III. 10.3. Memorials

IV. Biographies, autobiographies, letters, diaries

IV. 1. Biographical anthologies

V. Languages

V. 1. Hebrew
V. 2. Yiddish

VI. Israel/Palestine

VI. 1. Antiquities/Palestine
VI. 2. Zionism
VI. 3. State of Israel
VI. 4. Arab countries/Palestine/wars

VII. Religion, philosophy, "Wissenschaft des Judentums," Jewish studies

VII. 1. Bible, reference works on the bible, early literature
VII. 2. Prayer books
VII. 3. Talmud
VII. 4. Haggadot/late literature
VII. 5. Philosophy/religion
VII. 6. Sermons
VII. 7. Christianity
VII. 8. Islam
VII. 9. Religious studies

VIII. Literature

VIII. 1. Authors
VIII. 2. Anthologies
VIII. 3. Literary science
VIII. 4. Bibliophilia
VIII. 5. Journalism
VIII. 6. Children’s literature
VIII. 7. Satire, humor

IX. Performing arts

IX. 1. Music
IX. 2. Theater
IX. 3. Film
IX. 4. Dance

X. Miscellaneous fields of knowledge

X. 1. Sports
X. 2. Everyday Culture
X. 3. Cooking
X. 4. Living
X. 5. Medicine
X. 6. Miscellaneous
X. 7. Calendars
X. 8. Natural Science
X. 9. Education
X. 10. Sociology

XI. Rare Periodicals

XII. Current periodicals

XIII. Collections

XIV. Museology

XV. Migration and diversity

XV. 1. History
XV. 2. Politics and law
XV. 3. Religion
XV. 4. Minority groups
XV. 5. Autobiographies, Biographies
XV 6. Education
XV. 7. Media
XV. 8. Literature, arts, culture
XV. 9. Racism and discrimination
XV. 10. Theory

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The Library of the Jewish Museum Berlin

Our Library: Books, films, and more about Jewish art, culture, and history
Library Catalog (OPAC)
Information for Visitors
Reading Room: Opening hours, catalogs, databases, requesting archive material
Registration Form: Register to view rare holdings from our library and documents from our archive
Terms of Use: Requirements for visitors to the archive and library of the Jewish Museum Berlin
Current page: Our Library’s Classification Scheme: The focuses and thematic areas according to which our collection is organized and grouped
List of Fees: Prices and rates for services at the reading room of our library and archive
Collections and Projects
Collections on Jewish Art and Culture: Volumes printed by the Soncino Society, the publications of the Centralverein, Hebrew Printing, and special collections on Jewish art and visual culture
The Artur Brauner Collection: Twenty-one films by the successful film producer
Digitizing Book Holdings: Publications of the Soncino Society of Friends of the Jewish Book, 2016
Enlarging and Indexing Our Holdings in Jewish Art: DFG Project on visual and material culture of Judaism, 2013–2018
Digital Content
Highlights from the Library Collection: A medieval manuscript, a cookbook from 1900, an elaborate Hebrew children's book and other treasures
Digital Books: A complete list of our digitized books (in German)
Rare Digital Books: Curated selection of valuable digitized material from our holdings
Story Time in Our Library: Why Noah Chose the Dove by Isaac Bashevis Singer, 2023
“Hörmahl:” A Feast for the Ears: Podcast series about Rahel Varn­hagen, Lina Morgen­stern and other women writers, 2021–2022, in German
See also
Judaica Portal: Online database of Judaica holdings at various institutions, including our library’s holdings
Periodicals in the ZDB: Research tool for magazines, newspapers, and databases in German and Austrian libraries
Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB): Our digitized publications accessible via the DDB
AG Jüdische Sammlungen: Website of the Jewish Collections working group (in German)
Library Holdings: Search engine for our online collections (in German)
Literature for Children and Young Adults

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