Simon Dubnow Institute
for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University

Summer Semester 2012

Jews in the Military. Experience and Memory in the 19th and 20th Century


Instructors: Prof. Dr. Dan Diner/Christhardt Henschel

Time: Thursday, 5:15–6:45 p.m. (every other week)

Place: Simon Dubnow Institute, Goldschmidtstr. 28


Due to the linking in the 19th century in Europe between citizenship and compulsory military service, the military is a highly promising topic of historical inquiry. As an indicator of the multiple and diverse processes of social, political and cultural transformation, the military forces in East-Central Europe in the 19th and 20th century mirror the phenomena and concomitant developments of modernization, secularization and nationalization in European societies. The framework of loyalty of the imperial or national states bound up with compulsory military service became for European Jews a decisive element in their legal emancipation. The pathway to full citizenship with equal rights was connected in all states with compulsory service in the military. The colloquium will focus on the field of tension comprising military service and the Jews in modernity. In part, this entails exploring the possibilities and limits characterizing the military as an instrument of integration into the state. Additional factors to be looked at are the various expectations which Jewish contemporaries had of the military as a gateway for entry into the majority society.




Thursday, 26 April 2012

Dr. Nikolaus Buschmann (Konstanz)

Treue. Militärische Gefolgschaft in der Moderne


Thursday, 24 May 2012

Dr. hab. Michal Baczkowski, prof. UJ (Krakau)

Für Kaiser und Vaterland?

Galizische Juden in den Armeen der Habsburger (1788-1918)


Thursday, 14 June 2012

Franziska Davies, M.A. (München)

Im Dienste des Imperiums.

Juden und Muslime in den Armeen der Zaren (1874-1917)


Thursday, 28 June 2012

Dr. Christine Krüger (Oldenburg/Freiburg)


Deutsche und französische Juden im Krieg (1792-1918)


Thursday, 12 July 2012

Dr. Martin Zückert (München)

Eine Minderheit unter vielen?

Juden im tschechoslowakischen Militär (1918-1938)