Prof. Dr. Yfaat Weiss (Director)

Email: weiss(at)dubnow.de

Phone: +49 341 21735-50 (Secretary Marion Hammer)

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Yfaat Weiss is acting as the Director of the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture and is Professor of Modern History, especially Jewish history, at Leipzig University since April 2017. She has been Professor of Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem since 2008, and Director of the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Centre for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History since 2010. Between 2008 and 2011 she served as head of the School of History at the Hebrew University. She founded and directed the Bucerius Institute for Research of Contemporary German History and Society at the University of Haifa between 2001 and 2007. Yfaat Weiss studied history and modern German literature at the University of Hamburg, and received her PhD from Tel Aviv University in 1997; subject of PhD thesis: »The Encounter between German and Polish Jewry at the Time of Nazi Germany«. Between 1997 and 1999 she served as Research Associate in the Department of History, LMU Munich. 1997 to 2006, she was initially Senior Lecturer and then Associate Professor at the University of Haifa. Professor Weiss has been an Honorary Fellow of the Historisches Kolleg Munich from March to August 2017. She has spent time as a Visiting Scholar at the International Research Center for Cultural Studies in Vienna (2003), the Hamburg Institute for Social Research (2005–2006), the Remarque Institute, New York University (2007), the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem (2007–2008); she was Visiting Professor and Anna Lindh Fellow at the Europe Center, Stanford University (2013) and EURIAS Senior Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna (2014–2015).

Prizes and Awards

2015Polonsky Prize for Creativity and Originality in the Humanistic Disciplines
2012 Hannah Arendt Prize for Political Thought
2012   The Hebrew University Rector Prize, awarded for distinguished scholars for excellence in research, teaching, and contribution to university academic life

Memberships

• I-Core Center »Daat Hamakom« for the Study of Cultures of Place in the Modern Jewish World, board member (since 2013)

• The Thematic Network »Principles of Cultural Dynamics«, based at the Dahlem Humanities Center at Freie Universität Berlin (since 2013)

• The Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People in Jerusalem (CAHJP), council member (2010–2017)

• Minerva Institute for German History, Tel Aviv University, member of the academic advisory council (since 2007)

• Historical Society of Israel, council member (2007–2011)

• International Selection Committee of the Leo Baeck Fellowship Program of the German National Academic Foundation, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (since 2006)

• Minerva R. Koebner Center for German History, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, member of the academic advisory council (since 2005)

Research Projects

• Political Sovereignty and Cultural Property: A Spatial Exploration of the Mount Scopus Enclave in Jerusalem

• Deutsch-jüdischer Wissens- und Kulturtransfer 1918 bis 1948: Das historische Archiv der Hebräischen Universität Jerusalem (in cooperation with the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach, financed by the Gerda Henkel Stiftung)

• Traces and Treasures. Preserving and Exploring German-Jewish Collections in Israeli Archives (in cooperation with the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach, financed by the Federal Foreign Office)

• German-Israeli Cooperative Research Projects in the Humanities (1970–2000). Studies on Scholarship and Bilateralism (in cooperation with the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and the Fritz Bauer Institute, financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research)

• In their Surroundings: Localizing Modern Jewish Literatures in Eastern Europe (joint project in cooperation with Dr. Natasha Gordinsky, University of Haifa; Prof. Dr. Sabine Koller, Universität Regensburg; Dr. Efrat Gal-Ed, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düseldorf; financed by the German-Israeli-Foundation for Scientific Research and Development)

• History of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem 1948–1967(joint project in cooperation with Prof. Uzi Rebhun, Institute of Contemporary Jewry, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; financed by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Research Interests

• German, Jewish, and Israeli History

• contemporary history, with a focus on space, material culture, (Jewish) cultural restitution and memory

• University history and transfer of knowledge

Publications

 

Monographs

Lea Goldberg. Lehrjahre in Deutschland 1930–1933, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2010 (Heb.: Journey and Imagined Journey. Lea Goldberg in Germany, 1930–1933. Jerusalem: Zalman Shazar Center 2014).

 

Wadi Salib. A Confiscated Memory. Hakibutz Hameuchad, Tel-Aviv, 2007 (Heb.) (Engl.: A Confiscated Memory. Wadi Salib and Haifa's Lost Heritage, New York: Colombia University Press 2011; Germ.: Verdrängte Nachbarn. Wadi Salib und Haifas enteignete Erinnerung, Hamburg: Hamburger Edition 2012).

 

Deutsche und polnische Juden vor dem Holocaust. Jüdische Identität zwischen Staatsbürgerschaft und Ethnizität 1933–1940, Munich: Oldenbourg 2000 (Heb.: Ethnicity and Citizenship. German and Polish Jews between 1933–1940, Jerusalem: The Magnes Press 2000).

 

Schicksalsgemeinschaft im Wandel. Jüdische Erziehung im nationalsozialistischen Deutschland 1933–1938, Hamburg: Christians 1991.   

Editorships

Publications of the Simon Dubnow Institute 

Yearbook/Jahrbuch

Schriften des Simon-Dubnow-Instituts 

Toldot – Essays zur jüdischen Geschichte und Kultur

 

Publications of the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center for German-Jewish Literatur and Cultural History at the Hebrew University Jerusalem

Naharaim. Journal of German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History (together with Daniel Weidner and Christian Wiese)

Makom. Book series by Wilhelm Fink Verlag

 

Anthologies

»… als Gelegenheitsgast, ohne jedes Engagement …«. Jean Améry, Munich: Fink 2014 (together with Ulrich Bielefeld).

 

Kurz hinter der Wahrheit und dicht neben der Lüge. Zum Werk Barbara Honigmanns, Munich: Fink 2013 (together with Amir Eshel).

 

Mittelweg 36 21 (April 2012), no. 2: Jean Améry (together with Ulrich Bielefeld).

 

Deutsche Zeiten: Festschrift für Moshe Zimmerman, Göttingen/Bristol, Conn.: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2012 (together with Dan Diner and Gideon Reuveni).

 

Haifa before & after 1948. Narratives of a Mixed City, Hague: Republic of Letters 2012 (together with  Mahmoud Yazbak).

 

Hebrew Youth. Lea Goldberg's Letters from the Province 1923–1935, Tel Aviv: Sifriat Poalim 2009 (Heb.; together with Giddon Ticotsky).

 

Germans-Jews-Czechs. The Case of the Czech Lands, Bohemia 2006 (together with Michael Brenner and Andreas Gotzmann).

 

Jüdische Geschichte als allgemeine Geschichte, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2006. (together with Raphael Gross).

 

Memory and Amnesia. The Holocaust in Germany, Tel Aviv: Hakibutz Hameuchad, 2005. (Heb.; together with Gilad Margalit).

 

Mittelweg 36 13 (October/November 2004), no. 5: Deadly Neighbors – Tödliche Nachbarn (together with Ulrich Bielefeld).

 

Challenging ethnic Citizenship. German and Israeli Perspectives on Immigration, New York: Berghahn 2002 (together with Daniel Levy).

 

Zionistische Utopie – israelische Realität. Religion und Politik in Israel, Munich: C. H. Beck 1999 (together with Michael Brenner).   

Essays and Articles

»Nicht durch Heer oder Kraft, sondern durch meinen Geist«. Die Hebräische Universität in der Skopus-Enklave, in: Jahrbuch des Simon-Dubnow-Instituts/Simon Dubnow Institute Yearbook XIV (2015), 59–90.

 

Von Prag nach Jerusalem. Kulturgüter und Staatswerdung, in: Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte 63 (2015), no. 4, 321–346.

 

Vergangenheit vergegenwärtigen. Über Abwesende, Anwesende und was dazwischen ist, in: Ulrich Baer und Amir Eshel (eds.), Hannah Arendt zwischen den Disziplinen, Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag 2014, 196–210.

 

Rückkehr in den Elfenbeinturm. Deutsch an der Hebräischen Universität, in: Naharaim 8 (2014), no. 2, 227–245.

 

Back to the Ivory Tower. The German Language at the Hebrew University, in: Arndt Engelhardt/Susanne Zepp (eds.), Sprache, Erkenntnis und Bedeutung. Deutsch in der jüdischen Wissenskultur, Leipzig 2015, 247–263.

 

Au-delà du sionisme. Un »ournant spatial« de l'historiographie israélienne?, in: Revue d'histoire moderne & contemporaine 61 (2014), no. 4, 125–154.

 

Post-Soviet Jews in Post 1989 German Republic, in: CEU Jewish Studies Yearbook. Jewish Studies at the CEU 6 (2011), 63–74.

 

A Small Town in Germany. Leah Goldberg and German Orientalism in 1932, in: Jewish Quarterly Review 99 (2009), no. 2, 200–229.

 

Central European Ethnonationalism and Zionist Bi-Nationalism, Jewish Social Studies 11 (2004), no. 1, 93–117 (Russ.: Ab Imperio. Studies of New Imperial History and Nationalism in the Post-Soviet Space 3 [2004], 43–70).