Due to the current system of post-secondary financing CJS is practically dependent on support from sponsors. Kurt and Ursula Schubert are among the most important to whom the library collection is indebted. Professor Kurt Schubert (1923-2007) was of the most respected Jewish studies scholars in Europe and founder of Jewish Studies in Vienna.

During the Second World War he studied ancient Semitic philology, as a student he was able to save the extensive library of the Rabbinic Seminary in Vienna. After the war he became the rector of University of Vienna where he also taught at the Department of Oriental Studies. In 1966 he sucured the founding of an independent Institute for Jewish Studies and supported the founding and development of other Jewish Studies centers among them the Jewish studies program at the Faculty of Arts, Palacký University Olomouc.

As part of the Jewish studies program, Professor Schubert delivered a series of lectues and seminars during the 2005/2006 academic year. He had been an active promoter of Jewish studies at Palacký University until his death in 2007. Ursula Schubert, an art historian at the University of Vienna, focused on the art history of early Christianity and Hellenistic Judaism. The spouses were thus connected by scientific interest. Kurt Schubert bequeathed a large part of his private library to the CJS Library. It continues to provide valued research sources in Olomouc for students and staff alike.


Daniel Melchet

Daniel Melchet (born in 1945) is a descendant of Beno Selpeter of Bukovina. After his parents' death Beno found himself in a Jewish orphanage in Olomouc. In 1939 he emigrated to Palestine. His son Daniel visited Olomouc in 2006 and subsequently made a financial donation to the Jewish studies program library which is named after his parents: "Nina & Beno Melchet-Salpeter Judaica Library". The library was inaugurated on 19 May 2008 with Daniel Melchet and his family in attendance.

Association Respekt a tolerance – Stanton Canter 

The voluntary association Respekt a tolerance (Respect and Tolerance) lead by Mr Luděk Štipl documents the history and culture of former Jewish communities in Loštice, Mohelnice and Úsov. It works with information from archives and literature as well as records personal accounts of witnesses. The results of its activities are presented to the public - especially to youth - through exhibitions, publications, newspaper articles and educational programs. Thanks to a gift of the generous colleague and supporter of the association, Mr Stanton Canter, and the willingness of Respekt a tolerance to lend the books obtained by Mr Canter to the CJS, its students and other interested parties can use the rich collection for their studies.

Chaim Frank

Chaim Frank (born in 1955) is a true "renaissance man" of our time: a multitalented artist, a graduate of art history, conservator and Jewish studies scholar (he was a student of Professor Schubert in Vienna). He further worked or works in journalism, as a guide, with social pedagogy or a math teacher at a secondary school. He lives in Munich.

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