The Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow (DI) is dedicated to interdisciplinary research across multiple eras of Jewish life worlds in Central and Eastern Europe, from the Middle Ages through to the present. This research adopts a pan-European perspective and includes areas of Jewish emigration, especially Israel as well as North and Latin America.

Through events, university courses, and a broad range of publications, the research findings are presented both to a specialist audience and the interested public. This includes the internationally renowned bilingual »Jahrbuch des Dubnow-Instituts/Dubnow Institute Yearbook«; the essay series »toldot« and »hefez«, and the magazine »Jewish History & Culture«. On the blog »Mimeo,« scholars offer an overview of their current research projects. The special collection of the institute library is also open to students and guests.

DFG Funding for German-Israeli Research Training Group: Strengthening Jewish Studies in Leipzig

The German Research Foundation (DFG) today announced the establishment of the first German-Israeli Research Training Group in the humanities. Its funding will raise the collaborative promotion of early career scholars by the three partner institutions, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Leipzig University, and the Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow, to a new level. The approved Research Training Group will focus on Jewish material culture in modernity.

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Studies of the Simon Dubnow Institute

Volume 29
Jeder Bürger Soldat

Christhardt Henschel

Göttingen 2023

Studies of the Dubnow Institute

Volume 35
Emissär der jüdischen Sache

Andrea Kirchner

Göttingen 2023



Living in the Land of Death

Jews in Poland immediately after the Holocaust

Lecturers: Dr. Monika Heinemann/Carolin Piorun/Dr. Julia Roos

Winter semester 2023/2024, on six dates from 5.15 p.m. to 6.45 p.m. each
Dubnow Institute, Leipzig and digital


The Determining Gaze. Images of Jewish Life in Postwar Poland

Exhibition opening

Monday, 11 December 2023, 7 p.m.


The Visual Heritage of Polish Jews.

The Complex History of the Collection of Postwar Photographs in the Jewish Historical Institute

with Agnieszka Kajczyk

Monday, 11 December 2023, 5.15 p.m.
Dubnow-Institut, Leipzig/Stream


»There Is No Jewish Question, There Are Only Jewish Problems«.

Jewish Communists in Postwar Poland

mit Joanna Nalewajko-Kulikov

Thursday, 4 January 2024, 5.15 p.m.
Dubnow Institute, Leipzig/Stream


Ausgestopft und Ausgestellt? Versuch einer Begegnung mit Jüdischen Museen

Guided tour

Julia Roos and Marc Wrasse

Thursday, 11 January 2024, 4 p.m.
Grassi-Museum für Völkerkunde, Leipzig