Alliance Israélite Universelle Library
The Alliance Israélite Universelle was founded in 1860. Its library, which dates from 1904, was looted by the Germans in 1940. They removed 700 crates of books and manuscripts; some were recovered by the Allies after the war and stored at their depot for books and manuscripts at Offenbach, before being returned to the Alliance. In 1992 archives belonging to the library of the Alliance Israélite Universelle were found in Moscow. These were restituted in May 2001.
The library's collection has three strands: Hebrew (the acquisition of books and manuscripts which are important for Jewish heritage); sources for rabbinical and Jewish studies; and documents on the daily life and history of Jewish communities around the world. The library's archives cover the period 1860-1940 and comprise materials on the history of the Alliance, its schools in many countries, and traditional life in the ghettos of the Orient and the mellahs of North Africa.
Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 1pm-6pm , Wednesday 1pm - 7.30pm
Alliance Israélite Universelle, <http://www.aiu.org>, accessed 25 November 2002