Jewish Settlers in the Upper Midwest

What: Sticks, Straw, and Mud: Jewish Settlers in the Upper Midwest
When: October 17, 2016 through January 27, 2017
Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library Gallery
Hours: The gallery is open during business hours at Elmer L. Andersen Library


Do check out this exhibit in Elmer L. Andersen Library on west bank of Minneapolis campus! Just a few weeks left




Read about it here


Wilson Periodicals moved

The big Wilson moves are well underway.

The basement Periodicals room is nearly empty. The Periodicals have moved up to 3rd and 4th floors of Wilson.  Bound and Unbound are shelved together, title by title.

Here’s the new floorplan

When was this announced?
In our continuum publication, October 2016, along with other changes, in the paragraph

Other Wilson Library Updates
Periodicals and Dewey Decimal collections moving
The east section of the fourth floor of Wilson Library will re-open before Finals Week, providing additional study space. The area has been closed since late August, allowing staff to process the relocation of collections classified with the Dewey Decimal system. Some of these Dewey materials will be re-classified into our Library of Congress system and remain in Wilson, while others will be moved to off-site storage.

The bound and current periodicals, in the basement of Wilson Library, will be relocated to the third (N-J) and fourth A-M) floors.

Here are a few photos to show the changes; visit Wilson and explore if you plan to use the collections here in the coming months. (I had to do this myself!)

Below: Fourth floor lobby, entrance to Periodicals A-M


Below: Fourth floor journals, bound and unbound shelved together by title


Below: third floor (N-Z) periodicals, looking east


Below: third floor (N-Z), bound and unbound shelved together by title

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Kristallnacht: Selected List of Resources

Kristallnacht, literally, “Night of Crystal,” is often referred to as the “Night of Broken Glass.” The name refers to the wave of violent anti-Jewish pogroms which took place on November 9 and 10, 1938. This wave of violence took place throughout Germany, annexed Austria, and in areas of the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia recently occupied by German troops.  

–excerpted from : Kristallnacht, a Nationwide Pogram, in Encyclopedia of the Holocaust ((Copyright © United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC ENCYCLOPEDIA LAST UPDATED: JULY 2, 2016)  retrieved on November 1, 2016 at 2:21 p.m.
Read the full encyclopedia entry
See also their article on Night of Broken Glass

Remembering Kristallnacht– clip reel and overview. This video compilation was created through a joint partnership between the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the USC Shoah Foundation Institute with footage from the Institute’s archive.


Check our online catalog for availability of library resources listed.


On Kristallnacht

The Crystal Night Pogrom
John Mendelsohn 1928-1986. New York : Garland 1982
Wilson Library General Collection (Quarto D810.J4 H655 )

Die “Kristallnacht” im Rheinland : Dokumente zum Judenpogrom im November 1938
Veröffentlichungen der staatlichen Archive des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen. Reihe C, Quellen und Forschungen ; Bd. 24. Anselm Faust. 1. Aufl.. Düsseldorf : Schwann 1987
Wilson Library General Collection (DS135.G33 K74x 1987 )

Reichskristallnacht : die Novemberpogrome 1938
Hans-Jürgen Döscher 1943- . Frankfurt/M : Ullstein 1988
Wilson Library General Collection (DS135.G33 D67x 1988 )

Holocaust sources that mention Kristallnacht or Crystal Night

The Holocaust
(Primary sourcebook series.)
Jeff Hill 1962- Detroit, MI : Omnigraphics 2006
Wilson Library General Collection (D804.19 .H55 2006 )

America views the Holocaust, 1933-1945 : a brief documentary history
Robert H Abzug. Boston : Bedford/St. Martin’s 1999
Wilson Library General Collection (D804.19 .A29x 1999 )

The Holocaust : selected documents in eighteen volumes
Volume 3: The Crystal Night Pogrom
John Mendelsohn 1928-1986.; Donald S Detwiler. New York : Garland Pub. 1982
Wilson Library General Collection (Quarto D810.J4 H655 )


We’re in America now : a survivor’s stories
Amram, Fred M. B., author. Duluth, Minnesota : Holy Cow! Press, 2016
On order for Wilson Library

Pogrom November 1938 : testimonies from ‘Kristallnacht’
Ruth Levitt. London : Souvenir Press 2015
Wilson Library General Collection (DS146.E85 P64 2015 )

Violence, memory, and history : Western perceptions of Kristallnacht
Colin McCullough; Nathan Andrew Wilson 1980- . New York, NY : Routledge 2015
Wilson Library General Collection (DS134.255 .V56 2015 )

The night of broken glass : eyewitness accounts of Kristallnacht
Uta Gerhardt 1938-; Thomas Karlauf; Robert Simmons; Nick Somers
Cambridge, U.K. ; Malden, Mass. : Polity Press 2012
Wilson Library General Collection (DS134.255 .N5413 2012 )

Benno and the Night of Broken Glass
Meg Wiviott; Josée Bisaillon.  Minneapolis, MN : Kar-Ben Pub. 2010
Andersen Library Children’s Lit (Offsite storage) (Lerner Box 17 )

American religious responses to Kristallnacht
Maria Mazzenga. 1st ed.. New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan 2009
Wilson Library General Collection (DS134.255 .A64 2009 )

Deutsche gegen Deutsche : das Schicksal der Juden 1938-1945
Aufbau Sachbuch. Mosche Zimmermann. 1. Aufl.. Berlin : Aufbau-Verlag 2008
Wilson Library General Collection (DS134.255 .T75 2008 )

Novemberpogrom 1938 : die Augenzeugenberichte der Wiener Library, London
Ben Barkow 1956-; Raphael Gross; Michael Lenarz; Wiener Library.
1. Aufl.. Frankfurt am Main : Jüdischer Verlag im Suhrkamp Verlag 2008
Wilson Library General Collection (DS134.255 N694 2008 )

Kristallnacht : prelude to destruction
Martin Gilbert 1936-2015. 1st ed.. New York : HarperCollins 2006
Wilson Library General Collection (DS135.G3315 G55 2006 )

November 1938 : from ‘Reichskristallnacht’ to genocide
Walter H. Pehle 1941- . English ed.. New York : Berg : Distributed exclusively in the U.S. and Canada by St. Martin’s Press 1991
Wilson Library General Collection (DS135.G3315 J8313 1991 )

The day the Holocaust began : the odyssey of Herschel Grynszpan
Gerald Schwab 1925-2014. New York : Praeger 1990
Wilson Library General Collection (DS135.G3315 S37 1990 )

Kristallnacht : the Nazi night of terror
David Fisher 1929 April 13-; Anthony Read. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Random House 1989
Wilson Library General Collection (DS135.G33 F56 1989 )

Night of pogroms : “Kristallnacht,” November 9-10, 1938.
United States Holocaust Memorial Council. Washington, D.C. : U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council 1988 Material Type: Government Document
Wilson Library Gov Pub (US Docs) (Y 3.H 74:2 P 75 )

Prof. Bernard Levinson article on Temple Scroll

Author: Bernard M. Levinson
Refining the Reconstruction of Col. 2 of the Temple Scroll (11QTa): The Turn to Digital Mapping and Historical Syntax*
Source: Dead Sea Discoveries, Volume 23, Issue 1, pages 1 – 26 Publication Year : 2016
DOI: 10.1163/15685179-12341369
ISSN: 0929-0761 E-ISSN: 1568-5179
permalink to article


Dr. Levinson Inside the entrance to Cave 11 at Qumran


Dr. Levinson examining manuscript fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Israel Antiquities Authority Laboratory

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Qumran Cave 11: The unmarked cave where the fascinating manuscript of the Temple Scroll was found


An overview of the caves at Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found

Qumran Caves Overview

Professor Levinson – Goodman Lecture

“The Uncensored Voice: Suffering, Protest, and Lament in the Hebrew Bible”
CNES Professor Hanne Loeland Levinson to deliver Goodman Lecture at St. Kate’s
Thursday, May 12

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Flyer: Goodman Lecture_2016

The featured speaker at the 2016 Goodman Lecture will be Dr. Hanne Loeland Levinson. Dr. Levinson is an assistant professor in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Minnesota. A member of the Center of Jewish Studies at the U of M, Dr. Levinson’s research centers on the academic study of the Hebrew Bible with a focus on gender studies, prophetic literature, and narratives around death and death wishes.

Her first book, Silent or Salient Gender? The Interpretation of Gendered God-Language in the Hebrew Bible, Exemplified in Isaiah 42, 46 and 49 (Mohr Siebeck, 2008), received the  John Templeton Award for Theological Promise in 2008. Currently, she is working on a book with the working title: Wishing for Death or Fighting for Life: Death Wishes in the Hebrew Bible. She has also taught at the MF Norwegian School of Theology in Oslo, Norway, and has been a visiting scholar at institutions in Israel, South Africa and the U.S.

She fell in love with the literature and ideas of the Hebrew Bible as an undergraduate and continues to be fascinated by these texts in her work as a teacher and scholar of the Hebrew Bible. She is concerned about reading the texts in light of their literary and historical context, but is also interested in the dialogue between contemporary questions and the biblical texts.

More information at

This event is free, but tickets are required to ensure seating. Tickets will be available online at or by phone at 651-690-6700 closer to the date of the lecture.