Documenting the decline and fall of the Weimar Republic
One German-Jewish doctor’s collection of campaign materials from 1919-1933 would certainly have been lost had he not deposited them in Jerusalem’s National Library before his death at the hands of the Nazis.
German-Jewish eye doctor Arthur Czellitzer had a keenly developed sense of history. In the glory days of the Weimar Republic, from 1919 to 1933, Czellitzer collected campaign materials distributed by Germany’s various political parties. After the Nazis’ rise to power, his collection numbered about 800 items, including leaflets, announcements, ads and newspapers.