Simon Dubnow Institute
for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University


21 October 2020

Just published on Mimeo: An Impertinent Request. Cultural Reconstruction and Historical Amnesia

In late October 1947 the german Jewish émigré and art historian Guido Schönberger received an odd letter from art historian and dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt. In her recently published article, Anna-Carolin Augustin recalls Gurlitts Impertinent request and answers the question, why Schönberger did not expose him as a Nazi accomplice.


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21 October 2020

Funding for dissertation project at the Dubnow Institute

Moritz Schmeing, Doctoral Candidate at the Dubnow Institute, has been awarded a doctoral fellowship. From January 2021 he will be a fellow of the Hans Böckler Foundation. In his dissertation project he prosopographically examines Jews in the Italian fascist party.




19 October 2020

Chidushim Evening with lecture by Tom Navon

Tom Navon, Minerva fellow at the Dubnow Institute, speaks tonight at the presentation of Volume 22 of the journal »Chidushim« of the Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem. The theme of his lecture is »At the Front of Jewish and Marxist Historiography«. The event will be broadcast live on Facebook and will be held in Hebrew.


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16 October 2020

Just released: Volume »Jüdisches Leben in Deutschland und Europa nach der Shoah«

In the series »Europäische Diktaturen und ihre Überwindung. Schriften der Stiftung Ettersberg«, the volume »Jüdisches Leben in Deutschland und Europa nach der Shoah« has been published, which examines the specifics of Jewish life in divided Germany and other European countries after 1945. The volume is based on the 17th International Symposium of the Ettersberg Foundation, which was held in Weimar in October 2018 in cooperation with the Dubnow Institute and the  Landeszentrale für politische Bildung Thüringen. Some of the articles are based on research projects of the Dubnow Institute.


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13 October 2020

Just released

Yair Mintzker: Die vielen Tode des Jud Süß

The Dubnow Institute has published »Die vielen Tode des Jud Süß. Justizmord an einem Hofjuden« by Yair Mintzker. The original English edition of »The Many Deaths of Jew Süss« was published by Princeton University Press in 2017 and was awarded the National Jewish Book Award in the history category in the same year. Felix Kurz has translated the publication from American English.


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8 October 2020

Just published on Mimeo: Stillschweigende Rehabilitierung. Walter Jellineks Rückkehr an die Universität Heidelberg 1945

Philip Bockelmann's blog article is devoted to the blanks and the unspoken in the letters of reinstatement of the University of Heidelberg, which accompanied the rehabilitation of the jurist Walter Jellinek in 1945. Philip Emanuel Bockelmann is a Doctoral Candidate at the Dubnow Institute and a fellow of the Leo Baeck Fellowship Programme/Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. His research project focuses on Walter Jellinek and the beginnings of the Federal Republic of Germany.


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23 September 2020

Just published on Mimeo: Ungeschriebene Briefe. Erinnerung an Walter Benjamins Tod in Portbou

On the occasion of the upcoming 80th anniversary of Walter Benjamin's death, the blog article »Ungeschriebenen Briefe« by Dr. Robert Zwarg was published today. The German-Jewish philosopher died at the end of September 1940 in the Spanish-French border town of Portbou while fleeing from the National Socialists.


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22 September 2020

Substitute chair for Dr. Nicolas Berg

Dr. Nicolas Berg, head of the research unit »Knowledge« at the Dubnow Institute, will assume the position of substitute professor at the Martin Buber Institute for Jewish Studies at the University of Cologne in the winter semester 2020/2021 and the summer semester 2021. His teaching activities focus on Jewish history and culture between the late 18th and 20th centuries.


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18 September 2020

Fritz Steppat Prize 2020 for Shaul Marmari

Shaul Marmari, doctoral candidate at the Dubnow Institute, received the Fritz Steppat Prize 2020 for his Master's Thesis »Red Sea Horizons: Palestine and the Jewish-Yemeni Diaspora, 1881–1948«. The prize is awarded every two years by the Gesellschaft zur Förderung des ZMO e.V. for an outstanding scientific text by a young Researcher.


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16 September 2020

EEGA partners officially extend cooperation until 2024

Dubnow Institute joins as new member

On 16 September 2020, EEGA’s partners signed a new Cooperation Agreement officially extending EEGA’s partnerships up until 2024, after the Leibniz Association approved EEGA’s second funding period earlier this year. The representatives of EEGA’s cooperation partners welcomed the Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow as the ninth member of the network.


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Prof. Dr. Thorsten Posselt (Fraunhofer IMW), Prof. Dr. Yfaat Weiss (Dubnow Institute) and Prof. Dr. Walter Rosenthal (FSU Jena) (from left) sign the cooperation agreement; Photo: Swen Reichhold, Leibniz ScienceCampus EEGA

11 September 2020

Funding for dissertation project at the Dubnow Institute

Carolin Piorun, currently a research assistant at the Dubnow Institute, will receive a research grant from the Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk from October 2020. In her dissertation project, she is focusing on the history and self-image of the Yiddish PEN Club from the 1920s to the 1980s.




4 September 2020

25th anniversary of the Dubnow Institute

First visit of the Minister of Science Sebastian Gemkow

During his inaugural visit on September 3, 2020, Science Minister Sebastian Gemkow informed himself about the work and projects of the Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow. Here, around 30 researchers are conducting interdisciplinary research into Jewish life from the Middle Ages to the present day, taking an European perspective.


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20 August 2020

Enrico Lucca awarded a Fellowship Grant

Dr. Enrico Lucca, Deputy Head of a Research Unit at the Dubnow Institute, has received a Fellowship Grant from the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. The purpose of the MFJC Fellowship program is to assist well-qualified individuals in carrying out an independent scholarly project, which makes a significant contribution to the understanding, preservation or transmission of Jewish culture.


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27 July 2020
Just released: Fourth Issue of the Magazine

For the fourth time, the Dubnow Institute is publishing its magazine Jewish History & Culture. The current issue, 2020, which is being published to mark the 25th anniversary of the Institute, focuses on concepts of Jewish World History against the background of Simon Dubnow's thought and historiography. The eponym of the research institute, which was founded in Leipzig in 1995, set new standards for the study of Jewish history with his major work Weltgeschichte des jüdischen Volkes.


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22 July 2020

Just published on Mimeo: Konflikthafte Zeugenschaft. David B. Boders Audio-Interviews im Nachkriegseuropa

A new article has just been published on »Mimeo«. Based on an interview with the Latvian-American psychologist David Pablo Boder (1886–1961) with the Lviv-born Holocaust survivor Isaac Wolf, Daniel Schuch discusses the conflict of interest between the researching psychologist and the individual needs of the interviewed witness. Daniel Schuch works at the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorials Foundation.
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8 July 2020

Just published on Mimeo: »It Is a World Problem«. The Realignment of Jewish Minority Protection in the 1930s

In August 1934 Jewish delegates met in Geneva for the third preparatory World Jewish Conference. In his recently published article »It Is a World Problem« Momme Schwarz recalls a resolution adopted by the Geneva conference referring to the recent political shifts in Germany in those days. Momme Schwarz is a research associate and Doctoral Candidate in the Academy Project »European Traditions – Encyclopedia of Jewish Cultures« of the Saxon Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Leipzig.


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01. July 2020

Felix Pankonin awarded a Willy Brandt Small Research Grant

Felix Pankonin, Doctoral Candidate at the Dubnow Institute, receives a Research fellowship from the Bundeskanzler-Willy-Brandt-Stiftung. In the context of his dissertation »A Labour Man in Berlin« he is doing research on Richard Löwenthal. The foundation supports his research with 5,000 EUR for archive research and for finishing his dissertation.


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26 June 2020

Just published on Mimeo: The Other Fatherland. Zionist longing for Europe

On the blog »Mimeo«, we have just published an article about the novel »Ein Zukunftsbild« by the Austrian-Hungarian Zionist Edmund Eisler. The auther Joshua Shelly is a PhD candidate in the Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies in North Carolina in the United States.


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19 June 2020

Just released: Annual Report 2019

The Annual Report 2019 of the Dubnow Institute has just been published. In previous years the Institute documented its activities in an internal activity report, and from 1999 to 2014 the Bulletin served as a reporting tool. The publication of the research projects, publications, events and courses from 2019 is one of many measures to fit into the structures of the Leibniz Association. The Annual Report is designed in the corporate design developed for the institute in 2019.

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17 June 2020

Lecture by Prof. Dr. Yfaat Weiss

Prof. Dr. Yfaat Weiss, Director of the Dubnow Institute, will speak on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, about the British cemetery on Mount Scopus. The digital lecture is part of a series of lectures at Tel Aviv University.


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15 June 2020

Online lecture by Zarin Aschrafi

Zarin Aschrafi, Doctoral Candidate at the Dubnow Institute, will give a lecture on Monday, June 22, 2020, at 10:30 a.m., in the online colloquium of the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Under the title »Intellectual Exile« she will speak about leftist Jews in post-war Germany.


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12 June 2020

Book donation for the Dubnow Institute

The library of the Dubnow Institute has received a rich gift of books. Prof. em. Dr. Klaus Saul gave the Institute several hundred volumes from his private library on topics of Jewish history and culture. Until his retirement in 2004, the historian taught as professor of 19th and 20th century social history at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg and lives in Hamburg.


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25 May 2020

Dubnow Institute participates in »Leibniz im Bundestag«

In the framework of »Leibniz im Bundestag«, Dr. Elisabeth Gallas, head of the research unit »Law« at the Dubnow Institute, will this year speak with members of the German Bundestag about restitution of and provenance research on Jewish cultural properties after 1945. With the format »Leibniz im Bundestag«, the Leibniz Association has been offering members of the German Bundestag one-on-one talks with scholars on various topics since 2008. This year, most of the talks will take place on 26 and 27 May, either on video or by telephone.




22 May 2020

Funding for dissertation project at the Dubnow Institute

Philip Bockelmann, Doctoral Candidate at the Dubnow Institute, has been awarded a doctoral fellowship. From October 2020 he will be a fellow of the Leo Baeck Fellowship Programme/Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. His dissertation project examines the process of reestablishing the the democratic rule of law in Germany in the immediate aftermath of World War II and the early years of the Federal Republic. Its central focus is on Walter Jellinek (1885–1955), a Heidelberg-based constitutional and public law expert and today a largely forgotten figure.

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18 May 2020

Dubnow Institute as Partner in the Leibniz Science Campus »Eastern Europe – Global Area«

The Leibniz ScienceCampus »Eastern Europe – Global Area« (EEGA), initiated by the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography and the Leipzig University, will be funded for another four years by the Leibniz Association. In future, nine partners will work together on the campus, including the Dubnow Institute. Research will focus on the question of how societies and actors in Eastern Europe position themselves in global processes and conflicts.


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13 May 2020

Just published: Dubnow Institute Yearbook

For the seventeenth time already, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Verlage are publishing the bilingual Jahrbuch des Dubnow-Instituts/Dubnow Institute Yearbook. It focuses on the history of the Jews in the GDR and the cataloguing of estates and holdings in archives and private collections in Israel. The editor is the director of the Dubnow Institute, Yfaat Weiss.


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8 May 2020

Colloquium lecture by Zarin Aschrafi
On Monday, May 11, 2020, Zarin Aschrafi, PhD student at the Dubnow Institute, will give a lecture in a digital colloquium at the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center. At 10.15 a.m. she will speak about »Growing up in the Land of the Murderers. Education and Self-Formation of the Jewish Youth in Post-War Germany.«


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5 May 2020

Just published on Mimeo: »What are the Police Doing at the University?« Konrad Adenauer's Visit to Jerusalem

54 years ago Konrad Adenauer visited Israel. In her article just published on our blog, Adi Livny remembers a mass rally held at Hebrew University on May 5th, 1966, where students were protesting against Adenauers presence in Jerusalem. The violent clashes that broke out between student demonstrators and the Israeli police, she argues, reveal the internal social tensions between what would come to be known as the »First« and the »Second« Israel. Adi Livny is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Department for Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry and the Mandel School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the Hebrew University.


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28 April 2020

Just published on Mimeo: Massentraum und Wachgeschehnis. Béla Balázs verteidigt Hugo Bettauer

Today, a new article appeared on the blog »Mimeo«. The author Theresa Eisele devotes herself to Béla Balázs' defence of Hugo Bettauer, which has suddenly become an obituary.


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27 April 2020

Mimeo blog online since one year now
One year ago, the first three articles appeared on the new blog »Mimeo« of the Dubnow Institute. Since then, 21 articles in English or German on topics of Jewish history and culture from the mid-18th century to recent history have been published there. Most recently, articles have appeared on Peter Szondis appointment to the Free University of Berlin and on Günther Anders' examination of Heidegger's philosophy.


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8 April 2020

Just published on Mimeo: Mehr Breite – mehr Tiefe. Ein Gutachten über Peter Szondi und Werner Vordtriede

In his article »Mehr Breite – mehr Tiefe«, the author Hans-Christian Riechers examines Peter Szondis' appointment to the newly founded literary studies professorship at Freie Universität Berlin, based on an expert opinion by the German studies scholar Claude David. Hans-Christian Riechers is a German studies scholar at the University of Freiburg and received his doctorate with a thesis on Peter Szondi.


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10 March 2020

Just published on Mimeo: Ruinen heute. Günther Anders' nachträglicher Beitrag zur Heidegger-Debatte in den Temps Modernes

Since the event »Fragmente aus der Endzeit«, which was planned for Thursday, March 12, unfortunately had to be postponed, at least aarticle has been published today on the blog »Mimeo«. In »Ruinen heute. Günther Anders' nachträglicher Beitrag zur Heidegger-Debatte in den Temps Modernes«, the auther Dr. Anna Pollmann analizes Anders relation to the philosophy of Heidgger based on a letter he send to Jean-Paul Sartre in September 1954.


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14 February 2020

Conference with lecture by Martin Jost

Martin Jost, Doctoral Candidate at the Dubow Institute, will take part in the conference »German-Jewish Agency in Times of Crisis, 1914–1938« at the University of Sussex (Brighton, UK). On Wednesday, February 19, 2020, he will speak »“It is not about your prestige, it is about our future.” Possibilities and Expectations of German Jews at the Évian Conference«.






13 February 2020

Just published on Mimeo: Zerbrochene Zeiten

With »Zerbrochene Zeiten«, we just published a new article on the blog »Mimeo« about collages by Maidon Horkheimer, the wife of Max Horkheimer. He would be 125 years old tomorrow. The author Dr. Magnus Klaue is a research associate at the Dubnow Institute and is working on a biography of Max Horkheimer.


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6 February 2020
Lecture by Prof. Dr. Yfaat Weiss

Prof. Dr. Yfaat Weiss, Director of the Dubnow Institute, will speak on Thursday, February 6, 2020, at 7 p.m. in the Erfurt City Hall under the title »Souveränitätssplitter« about the Jerusalem Question 1948–1967.


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5 February 2020

Lecture by Dr. Monika Heinemann

Dr. Monika Heinemann, research coordinator at the Dubnow Institute, will speak on Thursday, 6 February 2020 at 7 p.m. about »Gesellschaft im Spiegel des Museums – aktuelle Konzepte und Debatten im polnischen Museumsboom«. The lecture will take place in the library of the Center for Historical Research Berlin.


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30 January 2020

Evening discussion with Prof. Yfaat Weiss

Prof. Dr. Yfaat Weiss, director of the Dubnow Institute, will chair a discussion in Jerusalem today, on Thursday, January 30, 2020, at 6 p.m., on the occasion of the translation of the book »The Dual State: A Contribution to the Theory of Tyranny« by Ernst Fraenkel. Prof. Barak Medina, Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer and Prof. Dan Diner will participate in the discussion.


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27 January 2020

Just published on Mimeo: Also Kameraden: Schreibt, beschreibt kurz und scharf

We just published a new article on our Blog Mimeo entitled »Also Kameraden: Schreibt, beschreibt kurz und scharf. Abraham Levites geplante Auschwitz-Anthologie«. In this article, Andrea Rudorff discusses a manuscript written in Auschwitz-Birkenau in January 1945, which was to form the introduction to a planned anthology that was to provide the next generation with a Jewish perspective on the torments of imprisonment and extermination.


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24 January 2020
Lecture by Dr. Yecheil Weizman

On Wednesday, 29th January 2020, two lectures on literary studies will take place at 4.30 p.m. at the Institute of Slavonic Studies at the Leipzig University. Among others, Dr. Yechiel Weizman from the Dubnow Institute will speak about »Ambivalent Presence. The Material Jewish Remnants in Poland, 1945–1989«.


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21 January 2020

Book Lauch with lecture by Prof. Dr. Yfaat Weiss

Today at 5 p.m., Prof. Dr. Yfaat Weiss, director of the Dubnow Institute, will speak About »A Jew in Public: Reflections on Invisibility and Conspicuousness« at the Bar-Ilan University in Ramat-Gan. The lecture is part of the book launch of »Jacob and Esau: Jewish European History between Nation and Empire« by Malachi H. Hacohen.






16 January 2020

69. National Jewish Book Awards

Jew­ish Book Coun­cil announced the win­ners of the 2019 Nation­al Jew­ish Book Awards, now in its six­ty-ninth year. The win­ners include the English translation of Dr. Elisabeth Gallas' publication »Das Leichenhaus der Bücher« (Studies of the Simon Dubnow Institute, vol. 19). Inau­gu­rat­ed in 1950, the Nation­al Jew­ish Book Awards is the longest-run­ning North Amer­i­can awards pro­gram of its kind and is rec­og­nized as the most pres­ti­gious. The Awards are intend­ed to rec­og­nize authors, and encour­age read­ing, of out­stand­ing Eng­lish-language books of Jew­ish interest.

Awards are pre­sent­ed in over eigh­teen cat­e­gories; Elisabeth Gallas won the JDC-Herbert Katzki Award, which honors books written based on archival material. The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), for which Herbert Katzki worked, also plays a role in Gallas' publication.

The win­ning authors are cel­e­brat­ed at an annu­al gala in New York on March 17, 2020. Past notable win­ners include Bernard Malamud, Yair Mintzker, Michael Oren, Philip Roth, Elie Wiesel, Deborah Dash Moore and Sandy Eisenberg Sasso.


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National Jewish Book Awards

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15 January 2020

Just published on Mimeo: A new state and a happier social order

We just published a new article on our Blog Mimeo entitled »A new state and a happier social order. Kallen und Brandeis zum amerikanischen Zionismus.« In it, Dr. des. Imanuel Clemens Schmidt discusses a letter from December 1913, which the thinker of cultural pluralism addressed to one of the leading figures of American Zionism. The auther is a is a Research Associate at the Dubnow Institute.


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