Hillesum, Jeremias

views updated


HILLESUM, JEREMIAS (1863–1943), Dutch librarian, bibliographer, and historian. He made the Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana in Amsterdam, of which he was librarian, a center of Jewish studies for students and scholars throughout the world. He was the author of numerous monographs and articles, including Uri ha-Levi, eerste Mohel, Chazzan en Predikant der Portugeesche Joden te Amsterdam in het jaar 1593 (1904); Menasseh ben Israel (1899), and several auction catalogues. During the German occupation of Holland he was deported to a concentration camp, where he died.


Shunami, Bibl, index; L. Lamm, Die Rosenthaliana in Amsterdam: zum 40-jaehrigen Amtsjubilaeum ihres Leiters Jeremias Hillesum (1930); L. Hirschel, De Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana onder beheer van Jeremias Meijer Hillesum 18901930 (1930). add. bibliography: A.K. Offenberg, in: Studia Rosenthaliana, 20 (1986), 210–16; F.J. Hoogewoud, in: Studia Rosenthaliana, 20 (1986), 217–29; J. Meijer, Jeremias Meijer Hillesum 1863/1943: roerganger der Rosenthaliana (1989).

[Frederik Jacob Hirsch]