Simon Dubnow Institute
for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University

Studies of the Simon Dubnow Institute, Volume 16

Mirjam Thulin:

Kaufmanns Nachrichtendienst.

Ein jüdisches Gelehrtennetzwerk im 19. Jahrhundert


424 pp. with 14 illustrations, 6 maps, and 6 scales

Hardcover with dust jacket

Göttingen/Bristol, Conn.: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2012

ISBN 978-3-525-36995-1

Price: 65,00 € (D)

ISBN 978-3-647-36995-2 (e-book)

Price: 54,99 € (D)





The last third of the nineteenth century witnessed David Kaufmann's (1852–1899) rise as one of the most important communicators of the Wissenschaft des Judentums. His wide and deep erudition in both, Jewish and general knowledge, highlighted his activities as the leading figure in establishing and regulating such influential journals like the Monatsschrift für Geschichte und Wissenschaft des Judentums or the network of the Mekize Nirdamim society. Kaufmann, himself a professor at the Budapest rabbinical seminary, was pivotal for the transformation and communication of Jewish knowledge in those days.


By analyzing his network based on correspondence, exchange and personal encounters Mirjam Thulin's work allows a deep insight into the history of Jewish scholarly communication of the Wissenschaft des Judentums as well as a convincing narrative description of Kaufmann's intriguing personality.