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The Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library is the St. Louis community's central and comprehensive source for Judaica. Established in 1983 through the generosityof the Saul Brodsky family and with the continued support of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis and the St. Louis community, the Brodsky Library has become one of the finest Judaic libraries in the midwest and an invaluable Jewish resource for the community.

The more than 22,000 volume collection of the Brodsky Library covers every aspect of Judaism.  The library also has large collections of cds, dvds and periodicals and houses the St. Louis Jewish Community Archives.

January/February Friends Newsletter (Download pdf)

As we begin this New Year, I wanted to take the time to share with you the events that are planned for the first quarter of the year and to highlight several new books and films that have recently been added to the collection.  Please come by to read a journal, check out a new book or DVD, and have a cup of coffee.  We’d love to see you!

On behalf of the Brodsky library, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to each and every Friend of the Brodsky Library.  Your ongoing support and generous contributions throughout this past year have had significant impact in our daily operations.   Financial support provided through the Friends organization has allowed us to enhance our collection, maintain annual subscriptions, and provide programming. 

Cyndee Levy
Director of the Center for Jewish Learning
St Louis Jewish Federation

Please save the date…Plan to join us for the following events at the Brodsky Library.

Sunday, March 6, 2016, 1 - 3 p.m.
in the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center

Book Signing and Dessert Reception to Follow
in the Brodsky Library

“Hell Before Their Very Eyes” with John McManus

Military Historian and author John McManus, Curators’ Professor of history and political science at Missouri University of Science and Technology, examines one of the least-studied aspects of World War II, the physical and psychological impact of liberating a concentration camp. His book, Hell Before Their Very Eyes, published by Johns Hopkins Press, was released in October 2015The book unfolds chronologically, covering the liberation of the Ohrdruf, Buchenwald and Dachau camps.  First-hand accounts of soldiers are included.  John C. McManus sheds new light on this often-overlooked aspect of the Holocaust. Drawing on a rich blend of archival sources and thousands of firsthand accounts - including unit journals, interviews, oral histories, memoirs, diaries, letters, and published recollections - Hell Before Their Very Eyes focuses on the experiences of the soldiers who liberated Ohrdruf, Buchenwald, and Dachau and their determination to bear witness to this horrific history.

John McManus is an internationally recognized expert in U.S. Military history.  He joined the Missouri S&T faculty as a lecturer in 2000 and was named assistant professor in 2003, associate professor in 2007 and professor in 2012.  In 2014, he was named Curators’ Professor.  He was the first Missouri S&T faculty member in humanities or social sciences field to be named Curators’ Professor. 

To read more about Hell Before Their Very Eyes go to:

Co-sponsored by Brodsky Library, St Louis Jewish Archives, The Rubin z”l and Gloria Feldman Family Institute of the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center.  This program is free and open to the public.  To register, please call the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center at 314-442-3711.


Opening Event:  Morris and Ann Lazaroff Lecture

Child, Berlin

Artist Todd Weinstein writes: 

In 1995, while traveling in Poland, with stops at Cracow and Auschwitz, I began working outside the photo-journalistic conventions of documentation. I started photographing abstract faces that I saw hiding in the shadows and light of different locations. From these 'ghost' pictures, these re-readings of found objects, came a set of thirty-six photos titled "The Thirty-Six Unknown," a reference to the idea in the Talmud, the oral tradition of Judaism, that the world requires a minimum of thirty six righteous individuals in order to exist. In later lore, the thirty-six hidden ones have the power to save the world.  They arrive at times of great peril. Finding their images in Cracow, Auschwitz, and elsewhere, continued my search for wholeness. Once again, I was forced to examine my life as a Jewish man at the end of the twentieth century as well as the tolls of history, both communal and personal, on our society at large.

My "Thirty-Six Unknown" brought personal healing. From a pilgrimage starting in 1983 in Washington, D.C. through the Jewish renaissance in Germany and working with Holocaust victims as well as visiting the camps, I moved from sharing the horror to recovering from it.  "The Thirty Six Unknown" was my attempt to restore and update the rich Jewish lore and to help deepen the context of a renewed society.

This exhibit is co-sponsored by and generously supported by Morris and Ann Lazaroff Endowment for the Brodsky Library and The Rubin and Gloria Feldman Family Institute of the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center. Additonal support provided by the Center for Jewish Learning, Central Reform Congregation, the Jewish Federation of St. Louis and Neve Shalom.

This program is free and open to the public.  Please register by calling the Brodsky Library at
314-442-3720 or the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center at 314-442-3711.

To learn more about artist Todd Weinstein visit

Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library
Cyndee Levy, Director of Center for Jewish Learning
Ronnie Brockman, Chair, Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library Commission

Holocaust Museum & Learning Center Staff
Kent Hirschfelder, Chair
Jean Cavender, Director
Daniel A. Reich, Curator & Director of Education
Andrew Goldfeder, Manager of Programs & Logistics

Jewish Federation of St. Louis
Harvey N. Wallace, Board Chair
Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D., President & CEO

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