Simon Dubnow Institute
for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University


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.


Further information and registration



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«.


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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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