(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The national libraries of Israel and Russia on Tuesday signed a cooperation agreement to digitize the Günzburg Collection, which is among the most renowned collections of Jewish literary works worldwide.
The collection, amassed by three generations of the Jewish-Russian Günzburg family, includes tens of thousands of printed books, manuscripts and incunables (works printed, not handwritten, prior to the year 1501 in Europe). It also includes thousands of works from the medieval period covering a wide range of subject matters, including biblical commentary, Talmud, Kabbalah, philosophy, astronomy, medicine and magic.
A donation from the Moscow-based Peri Foundation facilitated this unprecedented cooperation between the National Library of Israel (NLI) in Jerusalem and National Library of Russia in Moscow.
The collection will be scanned and digitized, and will be made accessible to the general public through NLI’s new digital platform, Ktiv. The platform already includes tens of thousands of rare centuries-old manuscripts and nearly 5 million images.