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Rudolph Binion collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: 11-MWalB02535

Scope and Contents

The Rudolph Binion collection includes thirty-one folders of diverse archival material acquired in the service of Professor Binion's research in Germany. Many documents contain information about Adolf Hitler, including his childhood, youth, political beginnings, and key associates. Dated materials range from 1882 to 2008 and include professional correspondence, World War II testimony, military reports, interviews, articles, speeches, and drawings. One folder contains materials relating to a course Professor Binion taught at Brandeis called Modern European Thought and Culture. Documents of particular note consist of those relating to Hitler’s World War I psychiatrist Edmund Forster, including a rare transcript of an investigation into Forster conducted at the request of a Nazi Party member in the Spring of 1933.  A significant portion of the collection is in German.  Most documents are photocopies and all handwritten notes are by Profession Binion.


  • 1882-2008, undated
  • Majority of material found in 1920-1940
  • Other: Date acquired: 2003-06-18


Conditions Governing Access

Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.  Please contact the department for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.


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Arranged in two series: 1. Research material and archival documents, 1882-1979; 2. Modern European Thought and Culture course material, 2008.  Materials arranged in original order.  For more information about each series, please consult the series descriptions in the box and folder listing.

Source of Acquisition

Donated by Professor Rudolph Binion from 2003 to 2010..

Other Descriptive Information

Addenda to this collection may not be listed in the finding aid, but may be available for research use. Please contact us for more information.

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Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

About Us

The Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department at Brandeis University consists of two collecting units, the University Archives and Special Collections. University Archives documents the history and development of Brandeis University and its faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Special Collections features a broad array of unique primary source materials across a wide range of disciplines that support research, teaching and learning at Brandeis. Learn more about our collections