Collecting and Securing Archivals of the Hohenems Diaspora

The archive of the Jewish Museum Hohenems collects documents related to the Jewish community or the Hohenems diaspora, that is, Jewish families of Hohenems and their descendants. The actual archive of the Jewish community no longer exists. Some parts were destroyed, some key documents are now in Jerusalem, and numerous files regarding the Hohenems community are in the municipal and regional archives as well as in Innsbruck or St. Gall.
The Jewish Museum Hohenems’ own holdings have continuously expanded ever since its establishment, whether through private donations, findings in the Jewish Quarter, or research of specific topics.
Thus, the archive includes fragments of official nature (such as construction records, school documents, etc.), private correspondence since the 18th century, and personal documents (passports, certificates, etc.) that provide insight into the life of the Jewish community and of families originating there. The entire holdings can be researched by accessing the online database and viewed on site by prior appointment.