The Library

The Library at the European Centre for Jewish Music was established in 2012. In addition to its main topic, Jewish music, the library holds literature on related areas of research such as music ethnology, general music history and Jewish history and culture. Some of the items the EZJM library accommodates include the “Andor Izsák Collection” with bequests from the “Edith Gerson-Kiwi Estate” and the “Chief Cantor Nathan Saretzki Collection”.

Since 2012, the library has been located at Villa Seligmann. With its Great Hall and its numerous rooms this villa, which is one of the few testimonies of Jewish bourgeois life in Hanover before the shoa, is the ideal place for documenting, researching on and teaching of Jewish music.

The library of the European Centre for Jewish Music carries out its mission and performs the tasks assigned to it by

  • saving and preserving the library stock
  • supplementing and extending the collections
  • cataloguing the library holdings and making them available for users
  • reproducing and providing own items
  • giving advice and answering inquiries on the basis of its stock and information tools
  • doing public relations work

The library forms part of the library of the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media. Visitors are invited to use the library according to the regulations of the library of the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media. Most of the media are for use in the library rooms but may be borrowed with certain restrictions.

Access to the catalogue of the library of HMTMH:

Edith Gerson-Kiwi Estate

Edith Gerson-Kiwi, born in Berlin in 1908, died in Jerusalem in 1992, is one of the founders of musicology in Israel.

After her death her private research library and further parts of her estate came to the European Centre for Jewish Music. The book stock – many books bear notes and remarks in her own hand – has been integrated into the EZJM library. Among the objects are nine files containing her correspondence, several files of press cutting collections and programmes, compilations of materials, preliminary sketches for publications, photographs, individual sound recordings and much more besides.

Preliminary inventory on the Gerson-Kiwi Estate (in German, 2017)

Publication on the "Chief Cantor Nathan Saretzki Collection"

Martha Stellmacher, unter Mitarbeit von Barbara Burghardt:
„Orgel ad libitum“. Einblicke in die Musik der Reformsynagogen am Beispiel der „Sammlung Oberkantor Nathan Saretzki“.

Herausgegeben vom Europäischen Zentrum für Jüdische Musik (EZJM).
Hannover: Wehrhahn-Verlag 2015.

Insights into the library stock

You may gain some insights into our library stock by visiting the following sites (in German):


Person to contact

Barbara Burghardt
T. +49-(0)511-3100-7123
E-mail: Barbara Burghardt

Opening hours

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10 - 12 a.m.
or upon prior regristration

For further information see the site of HMTMH's main library (in German) ...

New acquisitions

Last modified: 2021-10-15

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