Guide to the Lou Dunst Collection

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2015-07-22
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Guide to the Lou Dunst Collection 1930/2014

Special Collections & University Archives

Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Lou Dunst Collection
Dates: 1930-2014
Bulk Dates: 1999-2014
Identification: MS-0529
Creator: Dunst, Lou
Physical Description: 2.50 linear ft
Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
URL: http://library.sdsu.edu/scua
Email: askscua@mail.sdsu.edu
Phone: 619-594-6791

Biographical Information:

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.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Personal Name:

Dunst, Lou -- Archives

Topical Term:

Holocaust survivors
Jews -- California -- San Diego

Administrative Information

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 and Information Access on July 22, 2015.

Accruals:

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.

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.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation:

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

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.

Detailed List of Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

Lou Dunst 80th Birthday Reunion with Liberator

Box 1, Folder 2

Correspondence - Appreciation: Standley Jr. High, Gompers High School, Beth Israel Day School, Southwestern College 1994-1998

Box 1, Folder 3

Correspondence - Appreciation: Beth Israel Day School, Stantana High School, Beth Am, Southwestern College 1999, 2005, 2008

Box 1, Folder 4

Correspondence - Appreciation: Standley Junior High School 1999

Box 1, Folder 5

Correspondence - Appreciation: Digueño Middle School 1999

Box 1, Folder 6

Correspondence - Appreciation: school unknown 1999

Box 1, Folder 7

Correspondence - Appreciation: school unknown 1999

Box 1, Folder 8

Correspondence - Appreciation: school unknown 1999

Box 1, Folder 9

Correspondence - Appreciation: Santana High School 2000

Box 1, Folder 10

Correspondence - Appreciation: Digueño Middle School 2000

Box 1, Folder 11

Correspondence - Appreciation: Valhalla High School, Digueño Middle School 2000

Box 1, Folder 12

Correspondence - Appreciation: La Jolla Country Day, Digueño Middle School 2000

Box 1, Folder 13

Correspondence - Appreciation: Standley Middle School 2001

Box 1, Folder 14

Correspondence - Appreciation: St. John's School, Patrick Henry High School, Bishop's School 1999, 2003

Box 1, Folder 15

Correspondence - Appreciation: Digueño Middle School 2003

Box 1, Folder 16

Correspondence - Appreciation: Digueño Middle School, Encinitas 2004

Box 1, Folder 17

Correspondence - Appreciation: Digueño Middle School, Encinitas 2004

Box 1, Folder 18

Digueño Middle School Yearbook and Photo Album 2004-2005

Box 1, Folder 19

Correspondence - Appreciation: Digueño Middle School, Encinitas 2005

Box 1, Folder 20

Correspondence - Appreciation: Digueño Middle School, Penn Elementary 2006

Box 1, Folder 21

Correspondence - Appreciation: Digueño Middle School, Encinitas 2007

Box 1, Folder 22

Correspondence - Appreciation: Digueño Middle School, Encinitas, University City High School 2007

Box 1, Folder 23

Correspondence - Appreciation: Patrick Henry High School, Digueño Middle School 2008

Box 1, Folder 24

Correspondence - Appreciation: Digueño Middle School, Encinitas 2008

Box 1, Folder 25

Correspondence - Appreciation: Digueño Middle School, Encinitas 2008

Box 1, Folder 26

Correspondence - Appreciation: Umoja Umani Advocacy Program at Oak Park Elementary 2009

Box 1, Folder 27

Correspondence - Appreciation: Digueño Middle School 2009

Box 1, Folder 28

Correspondence - Appreciation: St. Augustine High School no date

Box 1, Folder 29

Correspondence - Appreciation: Miscellaneous 2000

Box 1, Folder 30

Correspondence - Appreciation: St. Augustine High School 2010

Box 1, Folder 31

Correspondence - Appreciation: Digueño Middle School, Encinitas 2009-2010

Box 1, Folder 32

Correspondence - Appreciation: Lakeside Junior High 2010

Box 2, Folder 1

Correspondence - Appreciation: Marian / Mater Dei Catholic High School 2010

Box 2, Folder 2

Correspondence - Appreciation: Perkins School (K-8) 2011

Box 2, Folder 3

Correspondence - Appreciation: Digueño Middle School, Encinitas 2011

Box 2, Folder 4

El Camino High School Photo Album 2009, 2011

Box 2, Folder 5

Correspondence - Appreciation: Our Lady of Peace Academy 2010-2011

Box 2, Folder 6

Correspondence - Appreciation: Digueño Middle School, Encinitas 2011

Box 2, Folder 7

Correspondence - Appreciation: Olympic View Elementary School 2011

Box 2, Folder 8

Correspondence - Appreciation: Marian / Mater Dei Catholic High School 2011

Box 2, Folder 9

Correspondence - Appreciation: Torrey Pines High School, West Hills High School, Miscellaneous 2009

Box 2, Folder 10

Correspondence - Appreciation: Barrio Logan College Institute, University of San Diego 2011

Box 2, Folder 11

Correspondence: Miscellaneous Organizations 1995-2010

Box 2, Folder 12

Correspondence - Judicial / Legal 2002-2006

Box 2, Folder 13

March of the Living 2000-2006

Box 2, Folder 14

March of the Living: Photographs 2004

Box 2, Folder 15

Articles about Lou Dunst 1996-2010

Box 2, Folder 16

Autobiographical Interviews 2003-2009

Box 2, Folder 17

Correspondence - Pre-WWII c. 1930s

Box 2, Folder 18

Correspondence - Appreciation: From the Ashes (video)

Box 2, Folder 19

Correspondence - From Dunst 1994-1995

Box 2, Folder 20

Photographs of Dachau Concentration Camp 1945

Box 2, Folder 21

My Bargain with God, the Story of Holocaust Survivor Lou Dunst [Book] 2014

Box 2, Folder 22

DVDs and VHS tape