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Media Advisory: UAlbany Celebrates German Jewish Émigré Collection to Commemorate National Archives Week

Contact: Catherine Herman (518) 956-8150

ALBANY, N.Y. (October 5, 2006)

The University at Albany's M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives celebrates National Archives Week with discussions and a featured exhibit on the mass migration of German and Jewish exiles during the Nazi regime and resulting scholarly writings of the 1920s and 30s. Sponsored by the University at Albany Libraries, Center for Jewish Studies, and the College of Arts and Sciences, the event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, October 12, 2006, 4 to 6 p.m.

Claus-Dieter Krohn, author and professor, Universität Lüneburg

John M. Spalek, emeritus professor, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University at Albany

Johannes Evelein, professor and director of the German studies major, Trinity College, Hartford, CT

Joel Berkowitz, associate professor, departments of Judaic Studies and Theatre, UAlbany

Standish Room, Science Library, University at Albany Uptown Campus, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY

For more information visit The German and Jewish Intellectual Émigré Collection
Please RSVP to Brian Keough at (518) 437-3931 or

During the 1920s and 1930s totalitarian countries expelled thousands of intellectuals who were threatened by the rising power of National Socialism in Europe. In Intellectuals in Exile: Refugee Scholars and the New School for Social Research, Claus-Dieter Krohn writes that in Germany roughly 4,000 academics lost positions, and 1,700 of those scholars came to the United States. Many of these émigrés came to New York City and were assisted by the "University in Exile", an academic department at the New School for Social Research formed in 1933. The "University in Exile" became a safe haven for these scholars and artists who had a tremendous influence on American politics, introduced European theoretical approaches to their academic field and became an integral part of American intellectual history.

The program, moderated by Joel Berkowitz, features Claus-Dieter Krohn discussing this unique period of immigration, Johannes Evelein's discussion of the role of émigré writers in American intellectual history, and John M. Spalek's discussion of the founding and growth of UAlbany's German and Jewish Intellectual Émigré Collection.

The German and Jewish Intellectual Émigré Collection presently consists of more than 1,500 cubic feet of personal papers, organizational records, political pamphlets, tape recordings, photographs, and related research materials documenting the German intellectual exodus of the 1930s and 1940s.

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