Edinburgh welcomes archive

By Stephanie Brickman, February 4, 2011

The archives of a Hungarian survivor who became a prominent member of the Scottish community have been donated to Edinburgh City Libraries.

Ernest Levy's substantial collection contains manuscripts, pictures, sheet music, recordings and memoirs. Efforts have begun to secure a location and digitise the archive so it can be made available to the public.

Liz McGettigan, head of Edinburgh Council's Libraries and Information Services, was a friend of Mr Levy, who died in 2009, aged 84.

"It is a huge collection and it's not only about his story but also the whole issue of respect and equality," she said.

"After what he went through you would expect him to be bitter but he did not have a bit of bitterness. It's an absolute treasure to have this archive because he is the most wonderful man I've ever met."

Although Mr Levy resided in Glasgow from 1961, his daughter Judy Russell lives in Edinburgh and chose to donate the archive to the capital.

"I do hope to donate some pieces to the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre in Glasgow as well," she explained. "There's so much and it needs to be collated and digitised. Being in a library in the capital, it will be more accessible to people, especially young people, in Scotland and beyond."

Last updated: 9:55am, February 4 2011