Simon Dubnow Institute
for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University


29 June 2021, 7.30 p.m.
Book Presentation
»Die Grabstätten meiner Väter. Die jüdischen Friedhöfe in Wien«


On Tuesday, 2021, June 29, at 7.30 p.m. the Dubnow Institute, the »Literaturhaus Leipzig« and the Böhlau publishing house invite you to the digital presentation of Dr. Tim Corbett’s recently published book »Die Grabstätten meiner Väter. Die jüdischen Friedhöfe in Wien«. In a discussion with Dr. Arndt Engelhardt the Vienna based historian will talk about 800 years of Jewish sepulchral culture from the middle ages to the present.


Please register at least one day in advance to receive a link to the digital lecture room. Please send an email to event(at) with the title of the event »Die Grabstätten meiner Väter«, your name, institution (if applicable) and the email address to which we should send the link.




01 June 2021

Exhibition and Publication »Uns eint die Liebe zum Buch«

From 1 June to 25 July 2021, the Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Leipzig is showing a studio exhibition on various Jewish publishers in Leipzig, such as Henri Hinrichsen or Kurt Wolff. Accompanying the exhibition, the publishing house Hentrich & Hentrich published Uns eint die Liebe zum Buch«. Jüdische Verleger in Leipzig (1815–1938)". Dr. Arndt Engelhardt, Research Assistant at the Dubnow Institute, wrote an article for this publication; he also supported the exhibition concept.


More about the exhibition

More about the publication



18 May 2021

Lecture by Dr. Arndt Engelhardt

On Tuesday, May 18, 2021, Dr. Arndt Engelhardt, Research Associate at the Dubnow Institute, will speak at 7 p.m. under the title »Aufgeklärte Tradition und typographischer Wandel« about Jewish printing in Leipzig around 1840. The digital lecture is organized by the »AG Jüdisches Leben« of the »Bürgerverein Waldstraßenviertel e.V.«.


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12 May 2021
Digital lecture by PD Dr. Jan Gerber

On Wednesday, May 12, PD Dr. Jan Gerber, head of the research unit »Politics« at the Dubnow Institute, will speak at 7 p.m., about late Stalinist purges based on the example of the Slánský trial in Prague in 1952. The digital lecture will take place as part of the lecture series »Sozialistisch, nationalistisch, antisemitisch?! – Das Verhältnis der DDR zum Antisemitismus« and is organized by Treibhaus e.V. Döbeln.


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11 May 2021

Just published on Mimeo: The Jews Will Not Return. The Postwar »Jewish Question« before the Holocaust

Gil Rubin's blog article »The Jews Will Not Return« sheds light on the plans for a postwar Jewish emigration by the Polish and Czechoslovak governments-in-exile in 1940/41 and the responses of Jewish organizations.


To the article




3 May 2021

Lecture by Prof. Dr. Jörg Deventer

On Monday, May 3, 2021, Prof. Dr. Jörg Deventer, Deputy Director at the Dubnow Institute, will speak at 7:30 p.m. under the title »Zwischen Dorf und Metropole« about Jewish life in early modern Europe (1500–1800). The lecture is part of the series »1700 Jahre jüdisches Leben in Deutschland« organized by the Volkshochschule, the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Research Regensburg and the Jewish Community Regensburg.





29 April 2021

Award for Maya Kreiner

Maya Kreiner received the Rector's Award of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for Master's students. Her currently prepared Master's thesis is entitled »The Campaign against the Legislative Council, 1929–1936: Between Palestine, World Jewry and the British Empire«. In addition to her studies, she is responsible for the research contact point of the Dubnow Institute in Israel.




29 April 2021

Dan Diner: »Ein anderer Krieg« nominated for the Leipzig Book Fair Prize 2021

The jury of the Leipzig Book Fair Prize has nominated Dan Diner's publication »Ein anderer Krieg. Das jüdische Palästina und der Zweite Weltkrieg, 1935–1942«  in the category »Non-Fiction/Essay« alongside four other publications for this year's prize. The Leipzig Book Fair Prize will be awarded on 28 May, 4 p.m. and the award ceremony will be streamed live on the Leipzig Book Fair website. Dan Diner was director of the Dubnow Institute from 1999 to 2014.


Nominations for the Leipzig Book Fair Prize 2021



27 April 2021

Lecture by Dr Angelique Leszczawski-Schwerk

Dr. Angelique Leszczawski-Schwerk, research associate at the Dubnow Institute, will speak on Tuesday, 27 April, at the online conference »Kobieta zydowska- nowe badania i perspektywy badawcze« about a Zionist women's organisation in Lviv.


To the program




23 April 2021

Just published on Mimeo: Ermanos Sefardim. The History of the Sephardi Movement in the Balkans

In her blog article, Željka Oparnica focuses on the history of »Esperanza«, a student organization founded in 1897 that played an important role in the Sephardi movement in southeastern Europe.


To the article




13 April 2021
Lecture by Zarin Aschrafi

Zarin Aschrafi, doctoral candidate at the Dubnow Institute, will speak on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at 9:45 a.m., under the title »Galut - Zion - Babylon« about stations of Jewish position-taking in the Federal Republic. The lecture will take place as part of the conference »Jüdische Geschichte und Gegenwart in Deutschland. Aktuelle Fragen und Positionen«, organized by MiQua and the Institute for Jewish Studies at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf.


To the conference program



11 March 2021
Book presentation with Dr. Rotem Giladi

Dr. Rotem Giladi, affiliated researcher at the research unit »Law«, will present his forthcoming book, »The Rise and Fall of Jewish International Politics, 1919–1949«, at Harvard University's Jews in Modern Europe Seminar at 12:30 p.m. (6.30 p.m. CET) on Thursday, March 11, 2021. The event will be held digitally, moderated by Prof. Dr. Derek J. Penslar.


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28 February 2021

»Rescuing Jewish Culture« - Lecture by Dr. Elisabeth Gallas

As part of Jewish Book Week, Dr. Elisabeth Gallas, Head of Research Unit »Law« at the Dubnow Institute, will speak on Sunday 28 February 2021 about the English translation of her publication »Das Leichenhaus der Bücher«, which won the National Jewish Book Award last year.


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22 February 2021

Just published on Mimeo: Momente der Unbeschwertheit. Walter Frankensteins Sportfotografien aus dem Baruch Auerbach'schen Waisenhaus, 1936–1942

More than three hundred photographs by Walter Frankenstein have made it into the Jewish Museum Berlin. The majority of these images were taken from the mid-1930s to the early 1940s at Baruch Auerbach'sche Waisen-Erziehungs-Anstalten, a Jewish children's home in Berlin. In his blog article »Momente der Unbeschwertheit,« Robert Mueller-Stahl sheds light on the photographer's life and the frame of reference for the images, particularly the sports photographs.


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3 February 2021

Just published on Mimeo: Remembering an Enlightened Past. The 800th Anniversary Celebration of Maimonides in Alexandria

In spring 1935, the Jewish community of Egypt celebrated the 800th anniversary of the birth of one its renowned figures: Musa ibn Maymun, also known as Maimonides. Based on the celebration for the important scholar of the Middle Ages, Jonathan Hirsch recalls the changeful history of the Jewish community in Egypt in his article »Remembering an Enlightened Past« on our blog »Mimeo«.


To the article




The Return to the Archive

Event announcement


In cooperation with the Dubnow Institute, the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center invites you to the online presentation of the focal point »The Return to the Archive: Dispersal, Transmission, and Anticipation in Personal Archives between Germany and Israel«, published in the Dubnow Institute Yearbook, 17 (2018) in 2020, on Monday 25 January 2021, 7 p.m. (Leipzig), 8 p.m. (Jerusalem).


Further information on the event

Link to the Zoom meeting

Further information on the yearbook




19 January 2021

Just published on »Mimeo«: Unliebsame Neuzugänge. Das Schicksal der Sammlung Jakob Wassermann

In her blog article »Unliebsame Neuzugänge«, the author Julia Schneidawind explores the changeful history of the library of the successful German-Jewish writer Jakob Wassermann. Julia Schneidawind is a doctoral candidate at the Chair of Jewish History and Culture at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.


To the article




14 January 2021
Online lecture by Dr. Angelique Leszczawski-Schwerk

On Thursday, 14 January 2021, at 4 p.m., Dr. Angelique Leszczawski-Schwerk, Research Associate at the Dubnow Institute, will speak at the Research Colloquium on Eastern and East Central European History at the FU Berlin on »Neue Orte und intellektuelle Transferwege in den Jüdischen Studien in Deutschland seit den 1990er Jahren. Das Simon Dubnow-Institut und Yuri Slezkines „Das jüdische Jahrhundert“.«





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