Simon Dubnow Institute
for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University


The Dubnow Institute regards exhibitions as an important part of its work in reaching out to the public. The exhibits on display in its rooms reflect a growing need for history to be made palpable in a visual sense. Staff members are responsible for the design and organization of the exhibitions. This provides them with an opportunity to present aspects of their own research by utilizing an array of diverse media. Depending on the underlying idea, use is made of photos or illustrations, contemporary objects or selected visually highlighted quotations.


In the rooms of the Dubnow Institute



»What is Jewish History?«


In 2006, the Dubnow Institute celebrated its tenth anniversary. At this juncture, it is useful to pause and reflect on a span of development that began when the Saxony State Parliament formally resolved to create an institution that would be dedicated to research on the life worlds of the Jewries in Central and East-Central Europe. The will of the parliamentarians expressed in Dresden then became reality with the establishment of the Simon Dubnow Institute in Leipzig. It began operations as a research center in the sp[ring of 1996

Since that time it has endeavored to crystallize and shape its specific research profile, advancing to the become one of the leading international academic centers for research, publication and teaching on Jewish history and culture in Central and East-Central Europe

The exhibit »What is Jewish History?« was formally opened at the Institute at Goldschmidtstraße 28 in Leipzig on May 26, 2006. In individual thematic units, it presents key concepts of Jewish history in the context of their interconnections with European and world history, such as the »History of Jewish Diplomacy,« »Empires and Nation-States,« »Migration,« »Text and Orthography,« »Diaspora,« »Haskala« and »Memory and Remembrance.« Without seeking to present final findings, the exhibit tries to illuminate aspects of past and ongoing research at the Institute by spotlighting questions and methods being discussed and explored.


The exhibit is open to the public. To arrange a time, please contact info(at) or phone +49 341 2173-550.