Simon Dubnow Institute
for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University

Further publications


Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht/Florian Kinger (eds.)
Blinde Passagiere in den Geisteswissenschaften



313 pp. with 22 illustrations, Perfect Paperback

Göttingen/Oakville, Conn.:

Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2011

ISBN: 978-3-525-30023-7

Price: 55,00 € (D)


With contributions by Carolyn Abbate, Vincent Barletta, Horst Bredekamp, Roger Chartier, Dan Diner, Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Robert Pogue Harrison, Anselm Haverkamp, Florian Klinger, Marília Librandi Rocha, Winfried Menninghaus, Joan Ramon Resina, Henning Ritter, Eelco Runia, Arbogast Schmittt, Bernhard Siegert, Peter Sloterdijk, Joseph Vogl, David E. Wellbery and Michel Zink.


Surprisingly, somehow, and in different contexts and places, the dimension of »Latency« has emerged as an important and still unresolved dimension of historical research and reflection in the Humanities and Arts.  »Latent« phenomena are those whose existence and presence we are certain of – without knowing, however, where they are and what their identity is.


We could well be confronted with what is latent without knowing that it has come to show itself. Our volume brings together twenty different reactions to this notion. It tries to develop and differentiate the concept in as many ways, as many contexts, and as many directions as possible – with the intention of building a new pragmatics for using the dimension of »Latency«. The result is powerfully centrifugal – for it largely transcends the mere application of the concept to different disciplinary contexts. What the volume, in the complex convergence of its multiple contributions and their multiple approaches makes visible, in the end, is the emergence of a new epistemological situation, to which the need for the concept of »Latency« already reacts although it has not yet fully articulated itself.


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Disseminating German Tradition

Dan Diner/Moshe Zimmermann (eds.)

Disseminating German Tradition.

The Thyssen Lectures




187 pp., Hardcover with dust jacket

Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag, 2009

ISBN: 978-3-86583-362-4

Price: 29,00 € (D)


This volume edited by Dan Diner and Moshe Zimmermann gathers together contributions by a number of distinguished historians. Based on lectures held at the Universities of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, and supported by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the articles provide new insight into a significant aspect in the history of ideas: namely the relationship between 19th century German research traditions and the roots of academic teaching and research in the humanities in Israel. The articles present an overview of the findings of the decades-long research of the Thyssen lecturers in concentrated form.


German-centered intellectual discourse on knowledge and meaning came to exercise a kind of formative impact internationally, to a significant extent as a consequence of the tragic fact of forced migration and expulsion from Germany pursued by Nazi policy and its repercussions in academia. This shaped a scholarly canon beyond German, through a transformative discourse detached from German life and society as a domain of historical experience. Neutralized in such a form, it continues to have a distinctive impact on present-day Israeli cultural life and academe. The volume contains essays by Reinhart Koselleck, Peter Pulzer, Georg L. Mosse, Sander L. Gilman, Andrei S. Markovits, Michael H. Kater, Charles S. Maier and Charles E. McClelland.


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Annäherungen. Beiträge zur jüdischen Geschichte und Kultur in Mittel- und Osteuropa


by order of the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture […], ed. by Stefi Jersch-Wenzel and Günther Wartenberg


250 pp., Paperback

Leipzig: Leipziger Universitäts-Verlag, 2002

ISBN 3-935693-92-3

Price: 19,00 € (D)


The eight articles in this book provide an overview of the program for guest scholars at the Simon Dubnow Institute 1995-1998. These are revised versions of guest lectures presented at the Institute during this time frame. The texts were previously available only in brochure form and have been gathered together for the first time here in a single volume, of potential interest to a broad academic public. The essays focus on questions in the history of science, secularization and acculturation, as well as the relation of Jews to their non-Jewish environment.


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Häuser des Buches

Grau-braunes Buchcover mit schwarz-weißer Schrift, die die bibliografischen Angaben des Buchs enthält. Ein Buchstabe ist rot. Unterhalb der Schrift sieht man auf einem Foto einen Stapel alter Bücher, der gerade umzukippen droht.

Markus Kirchhoff:

Häuser des Buches. Bilder jüdischer Bibliotheken






191 pp., Hardcover with jacket

Leipzig: Verlag Reclam Leipzig, 2002

ISBN 3-379-00786-2

Price: 24,90 € (D)


The Exhibition Catalogue, Markus Kirchhoff's Häuser des Buches, Bilder jüdischer Bibliotheken evoked lively interest. For more information...

The Memoirs of Moses Wasserzug

Die Memoiren des Moses Wasserzug

ed. and introduced by Jakub Goldberg, trans. from the Hebr. by Johann Maier


75 pp., Paperback

Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag, 2001 (2. Aufl.)

ISBN 3-933240-43-3

Price: 15,00 € (D)


The memoirs of Moses Wasserzug, active in the late 18th and early 19th century as a leader of prayer, ritual slaughterer, teacher, administrative clerk and in other functions for Jewish communities between Greifenhagen and Plock, are among the very few such memoirs for this period and region. They provide a special window onto the everyday life of Jews on the threshold to the modern period, and also point up the patterns of stratification in Jewish society at the time. Jakub Goldberg, the Jerusalem historian and leading expert on the history of the Polish Jews in the early modern period, has written a detailed introduction to this important document.


The book is available at the Simon Dubnow Institute. Please send your order to:

Email: gamke(at)

Jews and Poverty in East-Central Europe

Juden und Armut in Mittel- und Osteuropa

by order of the Simon Dubnow Institute […] ed. by Stefi Jersch-Wenzel together with François Guesnet, Gertrud Pickhan, Andreas Reinke and Desanka Schwara


476 pp., Perfect Paperback

Köln u. a.: Böhlau Verlag, 2000

ISBN 3-412-16798-3

Price: 50,00 € (D)


The history of the Jews in Central Europe has tended to be conceived and written as a »success story,« at its core social advancement and cultural assimilation in a changing Jewish society. In the process, the fact of poverty is often overlooked: it was an ever-present and even dominant basic experience of Jewish existence for many in Eastern Europe. That is the initial focus and point of departure of the essays in this volume: what were the causes underlying Jewish poverty, how was it manifested, how did people attempt to deal with it? Jewish institutions of self-aid and relief have been a component in the social life and cohesion of Jewries in Germany and East-Central Europe since the Middle Ages. Traditional associations such as the brotherhoods regarded it as a religious duty to help their less fortunate fellow co-religionists. Along with the sick, the aged, widows, beggars and orphans, since the 19th century, migrants from Eastern Europe made up a growing segment of those in need. Modern Jewish charity sought to address their distress, remaining active on the scene even under the most trying of conditions during the period of National Socialism.


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The book is available at the Simon Dubnow Institute. Please send your order to:

Email: gamke(at)