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David Jacobs


David Jacobs is an archival specialist at the Hoover Institution Archives.

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The Rescuer and the Rescued: A Latvian Story of the Holocaust

by David Jacobsvia Behind the Scenes
Thursday, August 30, 2012

The collections in the Hoover Institution Archives provide a record of history both large and small.  It is often the exceptional stories of individuals that make larger events come to life. Such human interest stories become doubly intriguing when both the tale and the researching tracking it are remarkable, as exemplified by a research project currently under way in the archives.

This photo album belonged to Julius Streicher, one of the original Nazis

Nazi Family Values

by David Jacobsvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 23, 2012

Disturbing keepsakes of the most inhumane figures in history. By David Jacobs.

Wayne Holder papers, Box 8, Hoover Institution Archives.

Culture Shock

by David Jacobsvia Behind the Scenes
Thursday, December 17, 2009

In organizing and describing materials in archives such as ours, with collections from all over the globe, the exotic can sometimes seem routine. One gets used to working with documents in any number of languages and photographs that depict unusual scenes in distant places.

Cultivated Collaborator by David Jacobs

A Cultivated Collaborator

by David Jacobsvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The French writer Jacques Benoist-Méchin never quite repented of his enthusiasm for his Nazi masters. A new glimpse at a complex personality. By David Jacobs.

The Man Who Saved Orwell

by David Jacobsvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 30, 2001

Harry Milton served with George Orwell in the Spanish Civil War. His papers recall the trauma of opposing Franco’s forces on the battlefield—and of fleeing Stalin’s forces in revolutionary Barcelona. By David Jacobs.