The William L. Gross Collection in Our Library

Graphic Art Portfolios, Exhibition Catalogs, and Books on Jewish Artists

The American-Israeli art collector William L. Gross has been collecting Judaica and documents and literature on Jewish art and culture for almost fifty years. Objects from his collection can frequently be admired in exhibitions all over the world. Our museum acquired part of the library in 2002.

The approximately 400 books are comprised of secondary sources published in Germany before the Second World War on Jewish artists of the classical modernist movement and US, Israeli, and German exhibition catalogs published between 1950 and 2000.

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W. M. Blumenthal Academy, Library
Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin
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Bibliophiles will be especially drawn to the more than sixty graphic art portfolios of well-known Jewish artists such as El Lissitzky, Joseph Budko, Anatoli Kaplan, Jacob Steinhardt, Hermann Struck, and Rachel Szalit-Marcus.

In addition, the collection contains approximately 160 brochures and leaflets on international exhibitions of Jewish artists.


  • Pinsky, Ruth, et al., eds., Gross Family Collection. Vol. 2: Manuscripts and Printed Books, Jerusalem: Center for Jewish Art, Hebrew University, 1985.
  • Gross, William L., “Collecting Judaica after 1945.” In: Weber, Annette et al., eds., Jüdische Sammler und ihr Beitrag zur Kultur der Moderne (Jewish Collectors and Their Contribution to Modern Culture). Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter GmbH, 2011, 341–352.

William L. Gross Collection Title List (in German)

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Lithographie auf bräunlichem Karton mit jiddischer Beschriftung und einem kubistisch anmutenden Bild von Häusern und Feuer in Gestalt eines Hahns

The printed graphic Es kam das Feuer by El Lissitzky, from the portfolio Chad Gadja [Ein Zicklein], Kiev 1919; Jewish Museum Berlin, Photo: Jens Ziehe. You can find more lithographs from the portfolio Chad Gadja in our online collections (in German)

Can I borrow books from the library?

We do not lend books. Our holdings can only be viewed in the Reading Room.

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How can I conduct research using the museum’s archive, collections, and library?

Our Reading Room is open to the public. You can also research using our library’s holdings and some of our collection’s holdings online. To view additional holdings, please contact the responsible curators.

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I would like to depict or borrow an object from your collections. Who should I contact?

Your contacts for photo permissions are Valeska Wolfgram and Birgit Maurer-Porat (T +49 (0)30 259 93 433, email: Loan requests must be made at least six months in advance. For questions regarding administrative processes, please contact Katrin Strube (T +49 (0)30 259 93 417, email:

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