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Israil Bercovici (1921–1988) was the literary director and head dramaturge of the Jewish State Theater in Bucharest from 1955 to 1982. He was also an important historian of Yiddish theater and literature. The estate of Israil Bercovici offers profound insight into the contemporary everyday life of Jews in Bucharest and in the Romanian provinces, while also tracing a lost world of East European Yiddish communities.
The holdings in Potsdam consist of about 350 folders and numerous loose documents. The estate contains approximately 2,300 letters, biographical documents, manuscripts, and an extensive archive of press materials. The documents are in several languages, primarily in Yiddish and Romanian, yet also in English, Hebrew, French, Polish, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and Hungarian. More information is available in the inventory (available in German only).
Elvira Grözinger, Die jiddische Kultur im Schatten der Diktaturen : Israil Bercovici - Leben und Werk, Berlin 2002.
Nathanael Riemer, Die Judaica- und Hebraica-Bestände der Universitätsbibliothek Potsdam, in: Postprints der Universität Potsdam. Philosophische Reihe; 22 (2009)