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Lou Dunst Collection, 1930-2014

By Processed by Bonnie M. Harris, 2008; Laurel Schwartz, 2012

Collection Overview

Title: Lou Dunst Collection, 1930-2014

Predominant Dates:1999-2014

Creator: Dunst, Lou

Extent: 2.5 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 07/21/2015

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

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.

Administrative Information

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.

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: 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.

Acquisition Source: Jewish Historical Society of San Diego (JHSSD)

Related Materials: For more information please see http://scua2.sdsu.edu/archon/index.php?p=core%2Fsearch&q=%22jewish+historical+society+of+san+diego%27&content=1.

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.


Box and Folder Listing

Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Lou Dunst 80th Birthday Reunion with LiberatorAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence - Appreciation: Standley Jr.  High, Gompers High School, Beth Israel Day School, Southwestern College, 1994-1998Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence - Appreciation: Beth Israel Day School, Stantana High School, Beth Am, Southwestern College, 1999, 2005, 2008Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence - Appreciation: Standley Junior High School, 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence - Appreciation: Digueño Middle School, 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence - Appreciation: school unknown, 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence - Appreciation: school unknown, 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence - Appreciation: school unknown, 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence - Appreciation: Santana High School, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence - Appreciation: Digueño Middle School, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence - Appreciation: Valhalla High School, Digueño Middle School, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Correspondence - Appreciation: La Jolla Country Day, Digueño Middle School, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Correspondence - Appreciation: Standley Middle School, 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Correspondence - Appreciation: St. John's School, Patrick Henry High School, Bishop's School, 1999, 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Correspondence - Appreciation: Digueño Middle School, 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Correspondence - Appreciation: Digueño Middle School, Encinitas, 2004Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Correspondence - Appreciation: Digueño Middle School, Encinitas, 2004Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Digueño Middle School Yearbook and Photo Album, 2004-2005Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Correspondence - Appreciation: Digueño Middle School, Encinitas, 2005Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Correspondence - Appreciation: Digueño Middle School, Penn Elementary, 2006Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Correspondence - Appreciation: Digueño Middle School, Encinitas, 2007Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Correspondence - Appreciation: Digueño Middle School, Encinitas, University City High School, 2007Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Correspondence - Appreciation: Patrick Henry High School, Digueño Middle School, 2008Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Correspondence - Appreciation: Digueño Middle School, Encinitas, 2008Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Correspondence - Appreciation: Digueño Middle School, Encinitas, 2008Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Correspondence - Appreciation: Umoja Umani Advocacy Program at Oak Park Elementary, 2009Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Correspondence - Appreciation: Digueño Middle School, 2009Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Correspondence - Appreciation: St. Augustine High School, no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Correspondence - Appreciation: Miscellaneous, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Correspondence - Appreciation: St. Augustine High School, 2010Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Correspondence - Appreciation: Digueño Middle School, Encinitas, 2009-2010Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Correspondence - Appreciation: Lakeside Junior High, 2010Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence - Appreciation: Marian / Mater Dei Catholic High School, 2010Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence - Appreciation: Perkins School (K-8), 2011Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence - Appreciation: Digueño Middle School, Encinitas, 2011Add to your cart.
Folder 4: El Camino High School Photo Album, 2009, 2011Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence - Appreciation: Our Lady of Peace Academy, 2010-2011Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence - Appreciation: Digueño Middle School, Encinitas, 2011Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence - Appreciation: Olympic View Elementary School, 2011Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence - Appreciation: Marian / Mater Dei Catholic High School, 2011Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence - Appreciation: Torrey Pines High School, West Hills High School, Miscellaneous, 2009Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence - Appreciation: Barrio Logan College Institute, University of San Diego, 2011Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence: Miscellaneous Organizations, 1995-2010Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Correspondence - Judicial / Legal, 2002-2006Add to your cart.
Folder 13: March of the Living, 2000-2006Add to your cart.
Folder 14: March of the Living: Photographs, 2004Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Articles about Lou Dunst, 1996-2010Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Autobiographical Interviews, 2003-2009Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Correspondence - Pre-WWII, c. 1930sAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Correspondence - Appreciation: From the Ashes (video)Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Correspondence - From Dunst, 1994-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Photographs of Dachau Concentration Camp, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 21: My Bargain with God, the Story of Holocaust Survivor Lou Dunst [Book], 2014Add to your cart.
Folder 22: DVDs and VHS tapeAdd to your cart.