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  • Scope and Contents
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Source of Acquisition
  • Accruals and Additions
  • Custodial History
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biographical Note

  • Contributing Institution: Special Collections & University Archives
    Title: Lou Dunst Collection
    Creator: Dunst, Lou
    Identifier/Call Number: MS-0529
    Physical Description: 2.50 Linear Feet
    Date (inclusive): 1930-2014
    Date (bulk): 1999-2014
    Language of Material: English .

    Scope and Contents

    The collection mainly consists of correspondence received from young audiences, who have heard Mr. Dunst speak about his Holocaust experiences. There are also newspaper clippings, photos, videos and DVD's of interviews with Mr. Dunst, including a VHS tape entitled "From the Ashes." Interviewer Judge Norbert Ehrenfreund and Lou Dunst, simulate the Nuremberg Trials as Mr. Dunst describes his Holocaust experiences. The collection also includes a DVD of Lou Dunst's 80th Birthday and reunion with his liberator as well as photos and DVD's regarding the March of the Living and his Holocaust experiences.

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

    Source of Acquisition

    Jewish Historical Society of San Diego (JHSSD)

    Accruals and Additions

    2015-025. The first part of the collection was originally donated by Mr. Dunst  in July 2004 and consisted of one VHS tape entitled "From the Ashes."  Interviewer Judge Norbert Ehrenfreund and Lou Dunst, simulate the Nuremberg Trials as Mr. Dunst describes his Holocaust experiences.  Additional items were added October 2009, including correspondence from school students in response to Lou Dunst's presentations about his Holocaust experiences and a DVD of Lou Dunst's 80th Birthday and reunion with his liberator. In November, 2011, Mr. Dunst added correspondence, photos and DVD's regarding the March of the Living, his speaking engagements, correspondence from school children and DVD's regarding his Holocaust experiences.

    Custodial History

    The materials in this collection were donated to the Jewish Historical Society of San Diego in 2004 by Lou Dunst (#2004.03 ). It was transferred to the San Diego State Unversity Library on July 22, 2015.

    Preferred Citation

    Identification of item, folder title, box number, Lou Dunst Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, San Diego State University Library.

    Biographical Note

    Lou Dunst, a San Diego businessman, is a Holocaust survivor who was liberated at age nineteen along with his brother, Irving from the Ebensee Concentration Camp in Austria. Mr. Dunst has made it his life's work to educate people, especially young people, about the Holocaust. He uses his personal experiences, which include imprisonment in several concentration camps, the loss of his parents and escaping death on a daily basis. Each year since 1998 he has accompanied Jewish students on the March of the Living in Poland and Israel. He has told his story all over the world, as well as in Southern California. As a guest speaker at schools from elementary to high school to university, from Jewish to secular to Christian, Mr. Dunst has made a great impression on all those who have heard him speak. In 2014, My bargain with God, The Story of Holocaust Survivor Lou Dunst, written by Rabbi Ben Kamin was published and in 2015 a film about Lou Dunst entitled, I Had to Clean My Heart , A Survivor's Story by Robert Schnieder and Alberto Lau was released.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Jews--California--San Diego
    Holocaust survivors
    Dunst, Lou--Archives