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Nachlass Dr. iur. Benjamin Sagalowitz (1901-1970)

Document | Digitized | Accession Number: 2011.216 | RG Number: RG-58.012

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    This collection relates to Benjamin Sagalowitz’s activities as a journalist and includes records on several trials relevant to World War II and the Holocaust that took place over a period of three decades, including the trial of David Frankfurter, the Nuremberg Trials, the Eichmann Trial, and the Auschwitz Trial in Frankfurt. Includes also family photographs, correspondence with numerous individuals (including Robert M. W. Kempner, Erwin Lagus, Prof. Dr. Carl Ludwig, Jacob Zucker et al.) and Jewish as well as Zionist organizations, a letter (together with archival documentation) from Sagalowitz’s niece Nina Zafran-Sagalowitz, dated February 3, 1994, to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (see file: NL Sagalowitz / 9).
    Alternate Title
    Benjamin Sagalowitz papers
    inclusive:  1917-1999
    Credit Line
    Forms part of the Claims Conference International Holocaust Documentation Archive at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This archive consists of documentation whose reproduction and/or acquisition was made possible with funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Collection Creator
    Benjamin Sagalowitz
    Benjamin Sagalowitz (1901-1970) was a journalist and historian, born in Vitebsk, Russia, graduated in law in Zurich, Switzerland. He wrote for Jewish and non-Jewish papers and from 1938 to 1964 was in charge of the Juedische Nachrichtenagentur (JUNA), the news agency of the representative body of the Jewish communities, the Schweizerischer Israelitischer Gemeindebund (SIG). In July 1942, a German industrialist, Edward Schulte, approached Sagalowitz about the Nazi plan to exterminate European Jewry. Sagalowitz transmitted this information to Gerhard Riegner, the representative of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) in Geneva, who informed the free world. However, the United States delayed the official publication for months. After 1945 he was a correspondent for the influential paper the Neue Zuercher Zeitung and reported from the Nuremberg Trials and later Nazi trials, and also from the Eichmann trial in Jerusalem.

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    This material can only be accessed in a Museum reading room or other on-campus viewing stations. Users are required to complete a User Declaration in order to gain access to the collection.
    Conditions on Use
    No publication and copies of the records and finding aids to the 3rd party users without the written permission from the Archiv für Zeitgeschichte (AfZ). The Museum may not transfer the materials or duplicate records thereof or any of the finding aids to any third party, except as permitted in the Cooperation Contract, Article II paragraph 5 herein or as otherwise permitted in writing by the AfZ. The Museum may not publish the reproduction material or finding aid on the Internet, World Wide Web, or any publicly accessible on-line network without the written permission of the AfZ. Contact

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    Source of acquisition is the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich. Archiv für Zeitgeschichte (AfZ), Switzerland. Original signature at source archive is: Nachlass Dr. iur. Benjamin Sagalowitz. The AfZ acquired the collection in 1985 and 1999 and also took relevant parts from other collections. The main parts of the collection were donated by the Schweizerischer Israelitischer Gemeindebund (SIG) and by Mrs. Nina Zafran-Sagal, the niece of Benjamin Sagalowitz. Archival materials relevant to the Eichmann Trial were de-accessioned from the Avner W. Less papers. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the digitized collection via the United States Holocaust Museum International Archives Programs in Nov. 2011.
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