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Seeborg Holocaust Collection

The Seeborg Holocaust Collection

Lawrence Seeborg graduated from WSU in 1962 with a BA in economics. He was raised in Pullman and graduated from Pullman High School. His father, Edward F. Seeborg, was a Cereal Chemist with the Western Wheat Quality Laboratory in Wilson Short Hall from 1948-1959.

Seeborg began collecting first-person narratives by Holocaust survivors after seeing the movie version of The Diary of Anne Frank in 1959: “That’s what really got me started with collecting the books. That was the beginning of my interest.” Seeborg subsequently purchased a copy of The Diary of Anne Frank, which became the first book in his collection of Holocaust narratives; a collection that he would build on over the next 50 years.

In 1983, Lawrence Seeborg attended the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors in Washington, DC, where he met some of the authors of the books he collected. Mr. Seeborg’s collection emphasized first-person accounts, as he explains: “Every story is different. Each first-person account is unique. Each one held a particular interest for me.”

His collection of Holocaust materials would eventually number over 400 titles. Mr. Seeborg highlights Serge Klarsfeld’s French Children of the Holocaust, as a work that made a great impression on him, further fueling his interest. Klarsfeld’s book includes over 2,502 photographs of the over 11,000 Jewish children who were deported by convoy from France, most going directly to Auschwitz. 

In 2017, Mr. Seeborg decided to donate his collection to WSU in honor of his father Edward. “I’ve had these books in my collection 30-40 years. These are people talking to me. I wanted these books to be kept together. There is a lot of satisfaction knowing that they will be. 

Lawrence Seeborg graduated from WSU in 1962 with a BA in economics. He was raised in Pullman and graduated from Pullman High School. His father, Edward F. Seeborg, was a Cereal Chemist with the Western Wheat Quality Laboratory in Wilson Short Hall from 1948-1959.

Seeborg began collecting first-person narratives by Holocaust survivors after seeing the movie version of The Diary of Anne Frank in 1959: “That’s what really got me started with collecting the books. That was the beginning of my interest.” Seeborg subsequently purchased a copy of The Diary of Anne Frank, which became the first book in his collection of Holocaust narratives; a collection that he would build on over the next 50 years.

In 1983, Lawrence Seeborg attended the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors in Washington, DC, where he met many of the authors of the books he collected. Mr. Seeborg’s collection emphasized first-person accounts, as he explains: “Every story is different. Each first-person account is unique. Each one held a particular interest for me.”

His collection of Holocaust materials would eventually number over 400 titles. Mr. Seeborg highlights Serge Klarsfeld’s French Children of the Holocaust, as a work that made a great impression on him, further fueling his interest. Klarsfeld’s book includes over 2,502 photographs of the over 11,000 Jewish children who were deported by convoy from France, most going directly to Auschwitz. 

In 2017, Mr. Seeborg donated his collection to Washington State University in honor of his father Edward. “I’ve had these books in my collection 30-40 years. These are people talking to me. I wanted these books to be kept together. There is a lot of satisfaction knowing that they will be. “

 

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