"Ex Libris Heinrich Stahl - Semper prorsum numquam retrorsum"

In 2020, two books from Heinrich Stahl's library were handed over to the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities at the request of the community of heirs.

Heinrich Stahl was born on April 13, 1868 in Berlin-Rudow. For many years he worked as an insurance salesman and was married to Jenny Stahl née Sachs, who was born on 28 November, 1870 in Pinne. The two had a son, Bruno, born on 1 May 1892.

Stahl was chairman of the Jewish Community of Berlin from 1933 to 1940. Heinrich and Jenny Stahl were deported from Berlin to Theresienstadt in the summer of 1942. He died there on November 4, 1942 at the age of 74 years. Bruno Stahl was able to escape with his family in the mid-1930s, survived the Holocaust and emigrated to the United States in 1947 from Cuba. He died in 1958 in New York. Jenny Stahl survived the concentration camp, was liberated in 1945 and emigrated to Sweden in 1946 after being in a displaced person's camp in Lower Bavaria. In 1949, she also emigrated to the United States, where she lived until her death in 1967.

One of the books was bought by the Berlin City Library in 1943 from the antiquarian bookseller Agnes Straub in Berlin. The second book was purchased from "Marx" in 1954 - possibly referring to the Karl-Marx-Buchhandlung in Berlin.