German consul general presents York with significant collection


Pictured above, left to right: Klaus Rupprecht, Stan Shapson, Mark Webber, Martin Lockshin

Klaus Rupprecht, Germany’s consul general in Toronto, has presented the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies (CCGES) at York with a significant collection of German-language books and other materials documenting past and present Jewish life in Germany.

In remarks made at a ceremony in late October, Rupprecht emphasized the contributions made by Jewish Germans to German culture over the centuries, contributions which Germany under National Socialism had denied and attempted to obliterate. He pointed out that the collection included accounts of the struggle to find a Jewish identity in Germany after the Holocaust and expressed his satisfaction at the current renaissance of Jewish cultural life in Germany.

York was represented at the ceremony by Stan Shapson, vice-president research and innovation; Martin Lockshin, director, Centre for Jewish Studies; Mark Webber, CCGES codirector; and faculty, staff and students.

For more information about the collection, please call Prof. Mark Webber at CCGES, ext. 55665.