The holdings of the Jewish Museum Hohenems represent 400 years of Jewish history. The focus of the collections lies in the history of the Jewish community, the surrounding regions in Tyrol, Switzerland, or Liechtenstein, and the Hohenems Diaspora, that has gained growing significance over the course of time.
The records of the communities history are fragmented. The archives of the community were lost in 1938, as were the interior of the synagogue and the ritual objects. Very few artifacts survived the Holocaust and the war, mostly in private collections and museums elsewhere. Some of the documents from the community archives are in Jerusalem today and could be reintegrated into our collections as reproductions.
Beyond that, we have to rely on other archives and some private collections, in order to reconstruct the history of the Hohenems community. Reproductions of important sources therefore fill some of the gaps in our own collections, helping us to form a basic stock of documentation.
The rapidly growing collection of documents related to the Hohenems Diaspora we owe to the descendants of the Hohenems families, who have provided us with many artifacts and personal documents, both originals and reproductions, since the opening of the museum in 1991.
These collections are divided in the following holdings. Some of them can be searched online in the databases on this website.