Raab Sells Extensive Archive Smuggled from Nazi-Era Germany

Raab Sells Extensive Archive Smuggled from Nazi-Era Germany

The Raab Collection announced today that it has discovered, researched, and sold the powerful archive of German Jewish scientist, Georg Bredig, which was smuggled out of Germany and has never before been offered for sale.

The press release of the buyer, the prominent Science History Institute, notes that it “has acquired an amazing collection of correspondence, books, photographs, and scientific notes belonging to Jewish German chemist Georg Bredig. The collection spans decades, from the late 19th century, just as the field of physical chemistry was emerging, to the 1930s and the horrors faced by the Jewish community as the Nazis rose to power. The archive has never been made public. This acquisition was made possible by the generous support of the Walder Foundation.

“Bringing this collection to the Science History Institute fulfills Georg Bredig’s wish that these documents be preserved so that future generations can study them,” said Robert Anderson, the Science History Institute’s president and CEO. “They are significant not only to scholars of the history of science but to Holocaust scholars as well.”

News of this was reported around the world, including in Israel, Germany, and the United States.

“It was a great honor to handle such a historically valuable archive and to help the story of Bredig and his family be told,” said Nathan Raab.

You can read more about the extent of the archive at the Raab site: https://www.raabcollection.com/bredig-archive

Or via the Science History Institute: https://www.sciencehistory.org/news/archive-smuggled-from-nazi-era-germany-is-acquired-by-the-science-history-institute

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