Exhibition Booklet

Persecution and Survival:  the Paul Jacobsthal Story

by Sally Crawford and Katharina Ulmschneider, 2012

‘Hitler will have my papers destroyed!’

Professor Paul Jacobsthal was a prominent and influential German arcaeologist whose world was turned upside down when Hitler came to power. Jacobsthal fell foul of the Nazis because he was Jewish, and because he wrote about one of the politically most dangerous topics in archaeology – Early Celtic Art. Jacobsthal fled to Oxford, where he found refuge at Christ Church college – but his troubles were not over.

Based on thousands of newly-discovered letters, Sally Crawford and Katharina Ulmschneider uncover the fascinating story of one man’s experience of persecution, exile, and starting again. This is a war story you won’t read in the history books.


We have had many enquiries about this booklet, which we produced to accompany the Jacobsthal Exhibition at the Oxford Town Hall Gallery. It has 27 pages, and contains 19 colour and black and white illustrations. If you would like to buy a copy, please email: archivist@arch.ox.ac.uk.

What the papers say:

“excellent and easy to read…gives a wonderful insight into what it was like to be a refugee lucky enough to be given a new lease of life in Oxford”  Oxford Times

About Archaeology Archives Administrator

Researchers in the archives of the Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford. Home of the Historic Environment Image Resource. Passionate about old photographs and fresh biscuits.
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1 Response to Exhibition Booklet

  1. Hausmann, Frank-Rutger, Prof. em. says:

    Thank you very much for your informations about Paul Jacobsthal.
    I am actually editing part of the correspondence of Ernst Robert Curtius, former friend and collegaue of J. in Marburg. Could you please inform me if among the Jacobsthal papers there are also letters from Curtius? Thank you very much.

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