Simon Dubnow Institute
for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University

Dr. Yechiel Weizman

Email: weizman(at)

Phone: +49 341 21735-692


Working at the Dubnow Institute as a Research Associate since 2019, funded by the Minerva Stiftung. Studied Philosophy and Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and completed his M. A. degree in Culture Studies in 2013. Title of Master’s thesis: »The Synagogue, the Cemetery and the Empty Chair. Polish-Jewish Memory Work in Poland, 2000–2012«. Doctoral Candidate between 2013 and 2018 at the University of Haifa; subject of PhD thesis: »Ambivalent Presence. The Material Jewish Remnants in Poland, 1945–1989«. From 2007 until 2014 worked at the international school for Holocaust Studies in Yad Vashem, as a counselor and teacher trainer.


Coexistence and Dissonance

The Evolution of the Polish-Jewish Townscape from the Late 19th Century to the Present


  • Modern Polish-Jewish History and Culture
  • Post-WWII Restitution and the Memory of the Holocaust
  • Material Culture and Spatial Analysis
  • Cultural and Social History



Essays and Articles

Eliminating the Traces: The Postwar Fate of the Synagogue in Olkusz, Poland, in: Elisabeth Gallas/Anna Holzer-Kawalko/Caroline Jessen/Yfaat Weiss (eds.), Contested Heritage. Jewish Cultural Property after 1945, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2020, 55–66.


Abandoned assets? The status and future of communal Jewish property in Poland after the Holocaust, in: Yalkut Moreshet-Holocaust Documentation and Research 97 (2016), 53–77. (Heb. and Eng.)


Unsettled possession. The question of ownership of Jewish sites in Poland after the Holocaust from a local perspective, in: Jewish Culture and History 18 (2016), 34–53.


The Sacralization and Secularization of Jewish Cemeteries in Poland, in: Lucyna Aleksandrowicz-Pedich et al. (eds.), Jews and Non-Jews: Memories and Interactions from the Perspective of Cultural Studies Warsaw 2014, 205–220.



Erica T. Lehrer and Michael Meng (eds.), Jewish Space in Contemporary Poland, Bloomington, Ind. 2015, in: Gal-Ed. On the History and Culture of Polish Jewry 25 (2016), 220–226 (Heb.)