Jewish Heritage Europe

Museums, Memorials and Cultural Institutions


Helsinki University Library

This major research library contains an important collection of documents relating to Jewish history in Finland and other Jewish resources.

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The Slavonic Library

Unioninkatu 36, Helsinki
Tel: +358 9 191 24066 (Mon – Fri, 9 – 17)

Part of the National Library of Finland, the Slavonic Library houses a  collection including many 19th- and early 20th-century Jewish publications, including encyclopedias, magazines, almanacs, and music, mostly in Russian.

Memorial to the Deported Jewish Refugees

On Tähtitorninmäki (Observatory Hill), a memorial made from a thick slab of granite honoring eight Jewish refugees who were turned over to the Gestapo by Finnish authorities in 1942 and murdered at Auschwitz-Birkenau. It was unveiled in November 2000 and includes a plaque with a relief depicting hands begging for mercy.


Åbo Akademi University; Faculty of Theology

The Faculty of Theology has a department of Old Testament Exegetics and Judaic Studies and houses a Judaica Library

Donner Institute for Research in Religious and Cultural History

Piispankatu 13, 20500 Turku, Finland
Mail: P.O. Box 70, 20501 Turku, Finland
Tel:  +358 020 7861 451

A private research institute under the auspices of the Foundation for Åbo Akademi University, the Donner Institute is the largest special library on Comparative Religion in the Nordic countries and includes many Jewish resources.