This paper introduces the collection of the German Zionist and librarian Heinrich Loewe (1869-1951) at the Municipal Library of Tel Aviv. A short biography of Loewe and an overview of the contents of the collection is followed by the presentation of a selection of letters which were sent to Loewe as head of the Municipal Library during the 1930s by German Jews who had already emigrated or were about to emigrate and wished to donate their books to this public institution. The paper traces the transfer of these books from the private realm to the public sphere of the library. It describes this transfer as a disruption of a private order against the background of the disruption of the larger order within which those collections had acquired their meaning and discusses their change of meaning that this transfer implicated as an elucidating reflection of the consequences of emigration.
Naharaim is a peer-reviewed journal of the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Centre at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. It is devoted to current research in philosophical, literary, and historical aspects of German-Jewish culture. The contributions are mainly in German or English.