Simon Dubnow Institute
for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University


Event announcement

Fragmente aus der Endzeit

Reading and discussion with Anna Pollmann and Ulrich Brieler


On Thursday, 12 March 2020, 6 p.m., the Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow and Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Verlage invite you to get to know Günther Anders (1902–1992), a philosopher and writer whose work reveals the changes in historical consciousness from the 20th century to the present.


The discussion will take place in the Radrevier café-bar as part of the »Leipzig liest« reading festival at this year's book fair. Admission is free of charge.




14 February 2020

Conference with lecture by Martin Jost

Martin Jost, Doctoral Candidate at the Dubow Institute, will take part in the conference »German-Jewish Agency in Times of Crisis, 1914–1938« at the University of Sussex (Brighton, UK). On Wednesday, February 19, 2020, he will speak »“It is not about your prestige, it is about our future.” Possibilities and Expectations of German Jews at the Évian Conference«.






13 February 2020

Just published on Mimeo: Zerbrochene Zeiten

With »Zerbrochene Zeiten«, we just published a new article on the blog »Mimeo« about collages by Maidon Horkheimer, the wife of Max Horkheimer. He would be 125 years old tomorrow. The author Dr. Magnus Klaue is a research associate at the Dubnow Institute and is working on a biography of Max Horkheimer.


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6 February 2020
Lecture by Prof. Dr. Yfaat Weiss

Prof. Dr. Yfaat Weiss, Director of the Dubnow Institute, will speak on Thursday, February 6, 2020, at 7 p.m. in the Erfurt City Hall under the title »Souveränitätssplitter« about the Jerusalem Question 1948–1967.


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5 February 2020

Lecture by Dr. Monika Heinemann

Dr. Monika Heinemann, research coordinator at the Dubnow Institute, will speak on Thursday, 6 February 2020 at 7 p.m. about »Gesellschaft im Spiegel des Museums – aktuelle Konzepte und Debatten im polnischen Museumsboom«. The lecture will take place in the library of the Center for Historical Research Berlin.


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30 January 2020

Evening discussion with Prof. Yfaat Weiss

Prof. Dr. Yfaat Weiss, director of the Dubnow Institute, will chair a discussion in Jerusalem today, on Thursday, January 30, 2020, at 6 p.m., on the occasion of the translation of the book »The Dual State: A Contribution to the Theory of Tyranny« by Ernst Fraenkel. Prof. Barak Medina, Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer and Prof. Dan Diner will participate in the discussion.


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27 January 2020

Just published on Mimeo: Also Kameraden: Schreibt, beschreibt kurz und scharf

We just published a new article on our Blog Mimeo entitled »Also Kameraden: Schreibt, beschreibt kurz und scharf. Abraham Levites geplante Auschwitz-Anthologie«. In this article, Andrea Rudorff discusses a manuscript written in Auschwitz-Birkenau in January 1945, which was to form the introduction to a planned anthology that was to provide the next generation with a Jewish perspective on the torments of imprisonment and extermination.


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24 January 2020
Lecture by Dr. Yecheil Weizman

On Wednesday, 29th January 2020, two lectures on literary studies will take place at 4.30 p.m. at the Institute of Slavonic Studies at the Leipzig University. Among others, Dr. Yechiel Weizman from the Dubnow Institute will speak about »Ambivalent Presence. The Material Jewish Remnants in Poland, 1945–1989«.


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21 January 2020

Book Lauch with lecture by Prof. Dr. Yfaat Weiss

Today at 5 p.m., Prof. Dr. Yfaat Weiss, director of the Dubnow Institute, will speak About »A Jew in Public: Reflections on Invisibility and Conspicuousness« at the Bar-Ilan University in Ramat-Gan. The lecture is part of the book launch of »Jacob and Esau: Jewish European History between Nation and Empire« by Malachi H. Hacohen.






16 January 2020

69. National Jewish Book Awards

Jew­ish Book Coun­cil announced the win­ners of the 2019 Nation­al Jew­ish Book Awards, now in its six­ty-ninth year. The win­ners include the English translation of Dr. Elisabeth Gallas' publication »Das Leichenhaus der Bücher« (Studies of the Simon Dubnow Institute, vol. 19). Inau­gu­rat­ed in 1950, the Nation­al Jew­ish Book Awards is the longest-run­ning North Amer­i­can awards pro­gram of its kind and is rec­og­nized as the most pres­ti­gious. The Awards are intend­ed to rec­og­nize authors, and encour­age read­ing, of out­stand­ing Eng­lish-language books of Jew­ish interest.

Awards are pre­sent­ed in over eigh­teen cat­e­gories; Elisabeth Gallas won the JDC-Herbert Katzki Award, which honors books written based on archival material. The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), for which Herbert Katzki worked, also plays a role in Gallas' publication.

The win­ning authors are cel­e­brat­ed at an annu­al gala in New York on March 17, 2020. Past notable win­ners include Bernard Malamud, Yair Mintzker, Michael Oren, Philip Roth, Elie Wiesel, Deborah Dash Moore and Sandy Eisenberg Sasso.


Press release

National Jewish Book Awards

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15 January 2020

Just published on Mimeo: A new state and a happier social order

We just published a new article on our Blog Mimeo entitled »A new state and a happier social order. Kallen und Brandeis zum amerikanischen Zionismus.« In it, Dr. des. Imanuel Clemens Schmidt discusses a letter from December 1913, which the thinker of cultural pluralism addressed to one of the leading figures of American Zionism. The auther is a is a Research Associate at the Dubnow Institute.


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