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Victor H. Bernstein Collection

Manuscript Collection No.12
Overview | Biography | Scope and Content | Container List

OVERVIEW OF THE COLLECTION

2 cu.ft. in 5 boxes. 1938-1960s [bulk dates 1940-1949].

Provenance: The Ohio University Libraries received the Victor H. Bernstein Collection as a gift from Mr. Bernstein on December 1, 1981. Kim Harris processed the collection on January 11, 1982.

Property Rights: The Ohio University Libraries owns the property rights to this collection.

Copyrights: Mr. Bernstein has retained any literary rights that he may possess in the materials. Consideration of such rights is the responsibility of the researcher and publisher.

Access: Any qualified researcher may examine any materials in the collection, subject to the rules and regulations of the Ohio University Library, except for those items that Mr. Bernstein shall designate in writing as restricted until his death.

Photo duplication: The Libraries will entertain requests to photocopy reasonable amounts of unrestricted material from the collection for the convenience of individual researchers.

Citation: Researchers are requested to cite the collection name and number, and the Ohio University Libraries in all footnotes and bibliographical references.

Related Materials: The department has in its book collections a copy of Mr. Bernstein's book, THE HOLOCAUST: FINAL JUDGEMENT (Indianapolis and New York: Bobbs-Merrill, 1980).

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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF THE COLLECTION

Writer and editor, Victor Heine Bernstein was born in New York City on October 7, 1904. He graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1924. In 1935, Mr. Bernstein married Selma Krumgold. He worked for several newspapers, but is best known as a foreign correspondent for PM and the New York Star. He was also managing editor for the Nation until 1963. Since 1964, Mr. Bernstein has been residing in New Milford, Connecticut, where he has been doing free-lance work. He is also the author of the book Final Judgement, The Story of Nuremberg (1947; reprint ed. 1980).

[Note (Fall 2004): Victor H. Bernstein died on November 19, 1992. He was 87 years old.]

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SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION

The Victor H. Bernstein Collection contains material related to World War II. There are eight scrapbooks, for the most part containing clippings from PM and the Star. These clippings are of articles written by Mr. Bernstein when he was a foreign correspondent (1941-1948). He covered the prewar persecution of the Jews in Germany and Austria, the collapse of Germany, the liberation of the concentration camps, and the Nuremberg trial. There are seven photographs and fourteen photostats contained in the collection which cover the Nuremberg trial.

Also in the collection is a variety of memorabilia such as press passes, Palestinian money, a U.N. score-card of the votes which created Israel, a newsletter written by concentration camp survivors, a list of the dead at Buchenwald, and other printed matter. A few free-lance articles are included in the collection, along with some of the first issues of PM.

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CONTAINER LISTS FOR THE COLLECTION

- Note: Each contains newspaper clippings of articles written by Mr. Bernstein.

Box 1
  • Volume 1 (June 19, 1940 - August 8, 1941)
  • Volume 2 (August 12, 1941 - July 20, 1943)
Box 2
  • Volume 3 (July 20, 1943 - August 3, 1944)
  • Volume 4 (August 6, 1944 - March 21, 1945)
Box 3
  • Volume 5 (April 2, 1945 - October 16, 1946)
  • Volume 6 (November 1946 - September 1947)
Box 4
  • Volume 7 (September 1947 - April 1948)
  • Volume 8 (April 1948 - August 1948)
Box 5 - Series 2: Photographs
  • Folder 1 - Seven photographs of the Nuremberg trial.
Box 5 - Series 3: Printed Matter
  • Folder 2 - 14 photostats of documents used in the Nuremberg trial.
  • Folder 3 - Memorabilia -- 14 items, including:
    • Note from the Vienna Hotel Metropole management saying the hotel was being taken over by the Gestapo
    • Palestinian money (four bills, eight coins).
    • Sheet of Jewish emblems which had to be pasted on all Jewish property in Berlin, 1938
    • List of anti-Jewish measures issued by the Nazis before the actual slaughter of the Jews
    • Document addressed to those Jews whose spouses were Aryan. These Jews were the only ones left who had not been sent to concentration camps by the date of this document, July 16, 1943.
    • Document listing the number of dead at Buchenwald concentration camp up to January 4, 1945
    • First issue of the Hessiche Post which was a newspaper established by Americans as they advanced to Berlin
    • A newsletter established by survivors of Buchenwald concentration camp for distribution within the camp
    • Original document by a survivor of Theresienstadt concentration camp who tells what happened to the camp survivors after liberation.
    • Document by the Communist party of Munich calling all "anti-fascist" forces to unite and help the hungry and homeless and punish the Nazis by making them finance the program
    • Score-card for the U.N. General Assembly's vote which created Israel
    • Hermann Goering's calling card
    • Currency note marked 100 kroner, an example of Theresienstadt's bogus money
  • Folder 4 - Miscellaneous printed matter
    • Loose clippings from August, September, October, November and December 1948
    • Free-lance articles written after 1961
  • Folder 5 - Newspapers and Magazine Issues
    • The Nation, June 8, 1940
    • New York Post, June 14, 1940
    • PM, New York Daily, Preview Edition, June 14, 1940
    • PM's Weekly, June 16, 1940
    • PM, New York Daily, June 18, 1940 (2 editions)
    • PM, New York Daily, June 19, 1940 (2 copies)
    • PM, New York Daily, Special Edition, June 22, 1941
    • New York Star (formerly PM), June 23, 1948
    • New York Star (last issue), January 28, 1949
  • Folder 6 - Manuscript
  • - Note: List of clippings to be worked into a book titled Germany to Jerusalae,: A Journalist's Journey
    • Holograph, 5 pages on 7 leaves

 

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