Simon Dubnow Institute
for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University

Leipzig Studies Volume 4 (2006)

Bausteine einer

jüdischen Geschichte der

Universität Leipzig


Edited by

Stephan Wendehorst.

Preface by Dan Diner


Leipzig: Universitätsverlag, 2006

614 pp.

ISBN 978-3-86583-106-4

Price: 62,00 € (D)







The current volume of the »Leipziger Beiträge zur Jüdischen Geschichte und Kultur« focuses on Jewish participation in the history of the University of Leipzig. On the one hand, this project is connected with the approaching six hundred year anniversary of the founding of the university in 2009. On the other, over and beyond this concrete occasion, it is the intention ? through a reconstruction of the Jewish presence at the University of Leipzig – to contribute building blocks for a future historiography centered on Jews in academic life in Germany.

An academic history of the Jews at German universities and universities in German-speaking Europe is of exceptional importance for the understanding of the concrete realities of emancipation and integration in Central Europe. It is the university in particular, on the basis of its corporative constitution, which symbolizes the paradoxical entanglement of inclusion and exclusion that unfolded in the course of the process of alignments and adaptations in emerging nation states. Jews, who for their own part had come from life worlds grounded on a corporative structuring, were able to participate at universities in many places earlier than in other spheres of the developing bourgeois society. Yet they could also be more easily excluded from the alma mater specifically because of its prevailing corporative order and architecture. In any event, it is precisely the paradoxes of the corporative structure at universities that promises to shed deeper light into the filigree-like intricate ramifications of slow procedural acceptance as well as exclusion in the complex circumstances of unification, standardization and difference characteristic of processes of transition. 


The twenty-four articles of the volume focus on individual biographies and disciplines as well as specific eras in Jewish university history, as illustrated by the paradigmatic example of the academic world in Leipzig. The Yearbook contains articles about professors, students and university structures and bodies, on the importance of Leipzig for Martin Buber and Schmuel Josef Agnon, and on the Hebraica Collection of the Albertina. Other articles deal with the Orientalists Julius Fürst, Benno Landsberger and Heinrich Leberecht Fleischer, the Germanist Georg Witkowski and the philosopher Josef Burg, to name just a few examples.


With articles by Yaakov Ariel, Uwe Backes, Anja Becker, Nicolas Berg, Jens Blecher, Tobias Brinkmann, Abraham David, Detlev Döring, Arndt Engelhardt, Sharon Gordon, Johannes Graul, Steffen Held, Thomas Henne, Omar Kamil, Yvonne Kleinmann, Anke Költsch, Anna Lux, Joachim Oelsner, Holger Preißler, Helmut Rechenberg, Gideon Reuveni, Dirk Rupnow, Miriam Rürup, Carsten Schapkow, Katharina Vogel, Henry Wassermann, Stephan Wendehorst, Gerald Wiemers