Simon Dubnow Institute
for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University

Summer Semester 2017

General Problems in Jewish and General History in the Modern Era


Lecturers: N. N./Dr. habil. Jeannette van Laak/Dr. Philipp Graf

Research Colloquium

Time: Wednesdays, 5–7 pm (every other week)

Place: Simon Dubnow Institute, Goldschmidtstraße 28


Beyond a »Prescribed Anti-Fascism«

New Approaches to the History of the Jews in the GDR


The history of the Jews in the GDR has attracted recent new attention among researchers. In the first two decades after reunification, research was principally focused on the biographies of Jewish communists and the relation of the SED ruling party to the Jewish citizens in the GDR and to the State of Israel. Yet more recent inquiry has turned to less official aspects, such as the realities of life in the Jewish religious Communities (Gemeinden) as well as individual life plans/designs for living in the dynamic locus of interaction between socialism and Jewish origin. Other studies have looked at the current presence, in retrospect  surprising, of the Holocaust in the literature, cinema and visual arts of the GDR. The Research Colloquium in Summer Semester 2017 will deal with this new interest in the history of the Jews in the German Democratic Republic, providing a window onto ongoing research projects in its lecture presentations.




12 April 2017

»Sojourners« (documentary USA/D/CZ 1993)

Screening and discussion with the co-producer Jeffrey M. Peck (Berlin/New York) and the historian Annette Leo (Berlin)

End of the event 7:15 pm


26 April 2017

Anke Kalkbrenner (Berlin)

»Leben danach« – Jüdische Kindheit im Osten Deutschlands nach 1945


3 May 2017

Alexander Walther (Jena)

Der Gerichtsreporter als Zeuge. Rudolf Hirsch und die verborgene Präsenz der Schoah


31 May 2017

Ofer Waldman (Jerusalem/Berlin)

Thomas Brasch: Ödipus oder Isaak? Eine historisch-literarische Spurensuche


14 June 2017

Constantin Goschler (Bochum)

Juden in der DDR – Marginalien zu einer »Fußnote der Geschichte«?


5 July 2017

Cathy Gelbin (Manchester)

Judentum als Provokation. Stefan Heym und die DDR