YIVO’s Polish Jewish Archive is the only American collection, and one of very few worldwide, which was saved from the destruction of the Holocaust. This digitized collection contains manuscripts, posters, photographs, music and other artifacts.
This unprecedented reference work systematically represents the history and culture of Eastern European Jews from their first settlement in the region to the present day. More than 1,800 alphabetical entries encompass a vast range of topics, including religion, folklore, politics, art, music, theater, language and literature, places, organizations, intellectual movements, and important figures. The Encyclopedia covers the region between Germany and the Ural Mountains, from which more than 2.5 million Jews emigrated to the United States between 1870 and 1920. In addition to the encyclopedia articles in the printed volumes, the website provides access to a collection of photographs, audio, video, digitized documents, as well as specific resources for educators and researchers.