Media Kit: Herbert and Trudl Zipper Archives

This archival collection housed at the Colburn School contains Herbert Zipper’s handwritten letters while at at Dachau and Buchenwald, letters he received from his family while imprisoned, identification papers from the Nazi regime, original manuscripts, photographs, extensive audiovisual materials, objects and art from his exile and travels around the world during his 92-year life. The Zipper Archive also includes material from Trudl Zipper, an influential dancer, choreographer, and teacher for whom Colburn’s Trudl Zipper Dance Institute is named.

The collection was originally bequeathed to Crossroads School by Herbert Zipper and retrieved from Zipper’s home, garage, and office spaces by Paul Cummins after Zipper’s death in April 1997. Since then, the collection has been housed at Crossroads School and in 2019, Crossroads School donated the collection to the Colburn School.

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Photo credit: Images from the Herbert and Trudl Zipper Archive at the Colburn School; reproduced with permission from Celia Pool and Gavin Perry.

Letter from Herbert Zipper, sent November 6, 1938 while imprisoned at Buchenwald [English translation]

Buchenwald discharge papers for Herbert Zipper, dated February 20, 1939

Words to Dachau Lied, based on the infamous slogan of the camp “Arbeit Macht Frei” (Work will set you free)

Handwritten manuscript for Two Dances for Trudl, composed by Herbert Zipper for his wife

Photograph of Herbert Zipper leading the Manila Symphony Orchestra in 1969

Photograph of Herbert Zipper leading a concert at the 32nd Street Magnet School in the 1980’s in Los Angeles

Herbert Zipper with students

Photograph of Herbert Zipper

Photograph of Trudl Zipper

Trudl Dubsky Zipper Satin Dress Dance Pose


Two Dances for Trudl, performed by students from the Colburn Conservatory of Music and Dance Academy in 2021

The Colburn School’s Zipper Orchestra performing for LA schoolchildren in 2022



USC Shoah Foundation: With Music and Poetry, Herbert Zipper Reached for Humanity in Dachau 

USC Shoah Foundation: Video of interview with Herbert Zipper 

US Holocaust Memorial Museum: recording of Dachau Lied

Colburn School: Herbert Zipper’s life and legacy at Colburn

Colburn School: Trudl Zipper’s life and legacy at Colburn 

Dachau Song: The Twentieth-Century Odyssey of Herbert Zipper