Simon Dubnow Institute
for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University

Summer Semester 2019

(Kopie 1)

General Problems in Jewish and General History in the Modern Era


Lecturers:: Anna Holzer-Kawalko, Dr. Enrico Lucca, Judith Siepmann

Research Colloquium

Time: Thursday, 17:15–18:45 (every other week)

Start: 4. April 2019

Venue: Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow, Goldschmidtstr. 28, Leipzig


Jewish Material Cultures in East-Central Europe in the 20th Century


Modern Jewish history can be explored anew by assuming a perspective that adopts materiality as its point of departure. As portable belongings, visible remnants, or just silent reminders of lost stories, objects illuminate the Jewish experience of migration and transfer, as well as expulsion, annihilation, and destruction, from a unique angle.

Against this background, the colloquium addresses the fate of Jewish cultural artifacts and the institutions to which they belonged in the twentieth century. It explores libraries, archives, as well as private book collections in Central and Eastern Europe, including the Czech lands, Hungary, and Poland. This focus will offer a glimpse of the richness of European Jewish intellectual and spiritual life in the interwar period, it will shed light on the history of destruction in the course of World War II and the Nazi looting of Jewish cultural property. Finally, it will enable us to track the reconstruction of Jewish cultural heritage in the aftermath of the Holocaust. While presenting a sort of biography of objects, it will reflect some fundamental changes that affected both the cultural geography of the Jewish world and Europe’s geo-political map after 1945.






4 April 2019

Leora Auslander(Chicago)

Jewish Things? Material Culture and Jewish Studies


2 May 2019

Vera Ábrahám, Dóra Pataricza (Szeged)

Zwischen Szeged und Jerusalem: Das Schicksal der Immánuel-Löw-Bibliothek


16 May 2019

Andrea Jelínková (Prague)

Silent Witnesses: Books in Ghetto Terezín during and after World War II


27 June 2019

Michal Czajka (Warsaw)

Remnants of the German-Jewish Past: Archival Holdings at the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw after 1945


4 July 2019

Janusz Spyra (Czestochowa)

Spuren einer zerstörten Welt: Das deutsch-jüdische Kulturerbe in Slask Cieszynski nach 1945