The Aschkenasy Collection was acquired in 2004 after years of negotations with the Amsterdam Rabbi Yehuda Aschkenasy by Prof. Dr. Karl E. Grözinger at the Chair of Religious Studies.
The funds for the acquisition of the collection were generously donated by:
- Fritz Thyssen Foundation
- German Federal Ministry of the Interior
- Brandenburg Ministry of Science, Research and Culture
- Cultural Foundation of Brandenburg
- Galewski Foundation of Hamburg
- a private donor