Simon Dubnow Institute
for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University


18 April 2019

English edition of Elisabeth Gallas' book »Das Leichenhaus der Bücher«

Dr. Elisabeth Gallas' publication »Das Leichenhaus der Bücher« (Studies of the Simon Dubnow Institute, vol. 19) is now also available in English translation. It was published under the title »A Mortuary of Books. The Rescue of Jewish Culture after the Holocaust« by New York University Press. The study was translated into American English with the help of translation funding from Geisteswissenschaften International.


More about the publication

To the new English publication



10 April 2019

Prof. Dr. Yfaat Weiss: Full Member of the Saxon Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Leipzig

The director of the Dubnow Institute, Prof. Dr. Yfaat Weiss, was admitted to the Saxon Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Leipzig (SAW) on Friday, 12 April 2019 as a full member of the philological-historical class.


Saxon Academy of Sciences and Humanities



10 April 2019

Lecture at the Research Colloquium of Dr. Philpp Graf

Dr. Philipp Graf, Research Associate at the Dubnow Institute, will present his current research project at the Research Colloquium of the Chair for German and European History of the 19th to 21st Centuries at the Leipzig University on Tuesday, 16 April 2019 at 5.15 p.m. Under the title »Vom Verteidiger Georgi Dimitroffs zum Anwalt des jüdischen Volkes« he will talk about Leo Zuckermann (1908–1985).


More about the Research Colloquium
Research project by Dr. Philipp Graf



4 April 2019

Lilian Mendoza Prize 2018/2019 awarded to Anna Holzer-Kawalko

Anna Holzer-Kawalko, Doctoral Candidates at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and currently Visiting Scholar at the Dubnow Institute, is awarded the Lilian Mendoza Prize 2018/2019. Her dissertation, entitled »Dissonant Heritage. Nation-Building, Material Politics and German-Jewish Book Collections in Czechoslovakia, 1918-1948« is supervised by Prof. Dr. Yfaat Weiss. The award ceremony will take place on 10 April at 4 p.m. in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Invitation to the ceremony



25 March 2019

Research Colloquium of the Dubnow Institute: Lecture with Prof. Dr. Leora Auslander on 4 April, 17.15 hrs

On Thursday, April 4, 5.15 p.m., Prof. Dr. Leora Auslander of the University of Chicago will open with her lecture »Jewish Things? Material Culture and Jewish Studies« the research colloquium of the Dubnow Institute in the summer semester 2019. The colloquium entitled »Jewish Material Cultures in East Central Europe in the 20th Century« approaches the Jewish history of East Central Europe in the 20th century from the perspective of its material cultures. The focus is on central places and institutions such as Jewish-theological seminars, museums, libraries and collections in the period before, during and after the Second World War. The colloquium will take place on Thursdays at 5.15 p.m. at the Dubnow Institute. Participation is free of charge and without advance registration.


The programme and the overview of the dates can be found here.

Press release




Event announcement

»Ein elend-schönes Land«. Gattung und Gedächtnis in Lea Goldbergs hebräischer Literatur


Conversation and Reading with Natasha Gordinsky

on Thursday, 21 March 2019, 18.00

at the Franz Morish Café


Discover Lea Goldberg, one of Israel's most important poetic voices, and learn how Europe found its way into Hebrew literature.


Moderator: Annette Wolf

Speaker/Reader: Hans Henrik Wöhler


Press release (German)

More about the publication



21 March 2019

Study day with Guest Speaker Dr. Enrico Lucca

Dr. Enrico Lucca, Research Associate at the Dubnow Institute, is a guest speaker at the study day »Geschichte des interreligiösen Dialoges in Berlin« on Saturday, 23rd March 2019. The study day is organized by the Katholische Akademie in Berlin e.V.


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Event announcement

»Denn es ist nicht alles gleich, was Menschenantlitz trägt«.


Gerald Stourzh (University of Vienna)

»Denn es ist nicht alles gleich, was Menschenantlitz trägt«.

Die NS-Doktrin der Ungleichheit der Menschen im Lichte eines Reichsgerichtprozesses vom Jahre 1936


Thursday, 7 March 2018, 6 p.m.

Venue: Federal Administrative Court | Courtroom 4


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Press Release (German)



1 March 2019

New design for Dubnow Institute

The Berlin agency Ta-Trung is currently developing a new corporate design for the Dubnow Institute. With a new logo a first, important element of it could be introduced. Newly designed posters, flyers, postcards and business cards will follow shortly.



21 February 2019

Conference »Briefkultur(en)« with lecture by Dr. Nicolas Berg

Dr. Nicolas Berg, Head of the Research Unit »Knowledge« will take part in the Conference »Briefkultur(en) in der deutschen Geschichtswissenschaft zwischen dem 19. und 21. Jahrhundert« in Munich from 21 to 23 February 2019. On Friday, 22 February 2019, he will speak on »Deutsch-jüdische Historikerbriefwechsel nach 1945: Zum Erkenntnispotential einer antagonistischen Konstellation«.


Program (German)



19 February 2019

New website of the research projects on the topic »1918 – Chiffre für Umbruch und Aufbruch«.

Four research projects funded by the Saxon Ministry of Science on the topic »1918 – Chiffre für Umbruch und Aufbruch« have been presented in a joint web presence since today. The website includes the research project »Protestantischer Kanon und jüdische Erfahrung in der Pluralismuskonzeption Horace M. Kallens«, on which Imanuel Clemens Schmidt does research at the Dubnow Institute.


Website »Chiffre 1918«



15 February 2019

International Working Group: The Romm Printing House and the European Republic of Letters

From 11 to 12 February 2019, scientists from Isreal, Lithuania and Germany met at the Dubnow Institute with the aim of preparing two comprehensive funding proposals on the topic "Cultural Agency, Transnational Innovation, and Publishing Economics: The Romm Printing House and the European Republic of Letters". This so-called Research Consortium brings together historians, book scholars and literary scholars.








14 February 2019

Conference »Back to Redemption: Rosenzweig Star 1919–2019« with lectures by Dr. Enrico Lucca and Inka Sauter

From 17th to 20th Februray 2019, Dr. Enrico Lucca, Research Associate, and Inka Sauter, Doctoral Candidate at the Dubnow Institute, will take part in the international Conference »Back to Redemption: Rosenzweig Star 1919–2019« in Jerusalem. On Monday, 18 February 2019, Dr. Enrico Lucca will speak about »100 years later: Rosenzweig and Zionism Reconsidered«, Inka Sauter about »Der Stern der Erlösung als Krisenschrift« at the same day.





Event announcement

Jerusalem als literarischer Ort der Moderne

with Thomas Sparr and Joachim Kalka

Introduction: Jörg Deventer


On Thursday, 7 February 2019, 5 p.m. a panel discussion about Sparr‘s new publication »Grundewald im Orient« will take place as part of the Annual Conference. Admission is free.


Venue: Haus des Buches – Literaturhaus Leipzig


For more information... (German)

Press release (German)




29 January 2019

Colloquium with lecture by Dr. Elisabeth Gallas

Dr. Elisabeth Gallas, Head of the Research Unit »Law«, will speak about »Bücher als Ankläger: Jüdische Dokumentationen von Massenverbrechen vor und nach dem Holocaust« on Tuesday, 29 January 2019 at 16:15 at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder).


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17 January 2019

Annual Conference: »Das Hebräerland«

From Wednesday, 6 to Friday, 8 February 2019, the Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow, in cooperation with the Institute of German Language and Literature, Leipzig University, Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach, and Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center, Hebrew University of Jerusalem is hosting an international annual conference. The conference will take the 150th birthday of Else Lasker-Schüler as an point of departure to take a fresh look at her work in patricular and on the German-language Palestinian poetry of the early 20th century in general.


Press release (German)




2 January 2019

Inaugural Lecture by PD Dr. Jeannette van Laak

PD Dr. Jeannette van Laak, Research Associate at the Dubnow Institute, will give her inaugural lecture on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 6 p.m. on the topic: »Aufbruch ins Morgen. Biografische Skizzen zur jüdischen Malerin Lea Grundig« at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg.


Invitation (German)




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