Soncino Society Publications

Digitization of All Publications of the Soncino Society of Friends of the Jewish Book

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Admission ticket to the Soncino Society evening, Berlin 24 May 1925; Jewish Museum Berlin

Founded in Berlin in 1924, the Soncino Society of Friends of the Jewish Book was the first and only society of Jewish book lovers in Germany. Until it was dissolved in 1937, it published around eighty books from all fields of Jewish history and culture as well as approximately twenty magazines and society newsletters.

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

Our library is the only institution in the world that owns a complete set of Soncino Society publications. In addition, our archives contain a large collection of documents that, like the publications, were acquired from the estate of Herrmann Meyer, the society’s founder.

In the course of the project we digitized these collections and cataloged the related archival documents. In addition, we will expand the library database to make the digital copies available online (show publications in our OPAC).

Digitized Publications at Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB)

With the exception of a few non-licensed titles, the Soncino Society Collection is now accessible via the DDB (in German). 
The Jewish Museum Berlin at

We received support for the project from the Service Center for Digitization Berlin (digiS) as part of its funding program to digitize cultural heritage objects from Berlin.

Final Report

Our final report (in German) is available to download on the website of digis, our project partner. 
digis Project Archive 2016


Monika Sommerer
T +49 (0)30 259 93 564

Dr. Bernhard Jensen
T +49 (0)30 259 93 563
F +49 (0)30 259 93 409


Jewish Museum Berlin
Lindenstraße 9–14
10969 Berlin

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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
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
Current page: 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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