This small exhibit, on display in Morris Library through May 2017, marks the occasion of Alan Kaufman’s visit to campus to speak with students and visitors at HIST/JWST 254 Jewish Holocaust: 1933-1945.  The class is taught by Professor Polly Zavadivker, director of the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Delaware.

The art, sketch book, published works, and family papers shown here speak to “Remembrance and Visions,” a theme that can be said to arch over all aspects of Kaufman’s extensive body of art and literature.  Kaufman’s Jewish heritage is central to his identity and creative work.

The Library began acquiring Kaufman’s papers in 2007.  In 2013, Kaufman donated letters and photographs from his mother, Marie Jucht Kaufman, a French Jewish survivor of the Holocaust.  Both collections are available for research in Special Collections.  Marie Jucht Kaufman’s letters bearing witness to the Holocaust in France have been digitized for online access.


Selection curated by L. Rebecca Johnson Melvin.  Some text extracted from collection descriptions by Maureen Cech (2015) and Thomas Pulhamus (2009).

All images in this online exhibition are from the Alan Kaufman papers or the Marie Jucht Kaufman papers in Special Collections.  Original work and all art copyright Alan Kaufman and may not be reproduced without permission of the copyright holder.

Exhibition banner created by Dustin Frohlich.