Hebrew Literature in the 20th Century

Israeli-German Constellations and Resonances

Modern Hebrew literature and some of the most important works of the younger and contemporary generation of Israeli authors are interwoven with the German-speaking world in manifold ways. These close connections owe in part to the biographies and family histories of the authors and in part to the thematic level of their narratives, but also to literary traditions and forms or specific instances of translation, publication, and dissemination through which works of Hebrew literature develop a life of their in the German language.

This colloquium will explore and discuss this history of literary entanglements during the course of five evenings with guests who are themselves active in the most varied ways as mediators between German-language and Hebrew Israeli literature and culture. To this end, it will focus on incisive works – by S. J. Agnon (1888–1970), Lea Goldberg (1911–1970), and Tuvia Rübner (1924–2019) through to contemporary literature – and on the reconstruction of dissemination processes and encounters.


Thursday, 16 May 2024, Dubnow Institute, Leipzig              
Giddon Ticotsky (Jerusalem)
Beyond the Canon and Within It: How To Say »Schwarze Milch« in Hebrew?
Free admission
The event on Thursday, 6 June 2024 at Literaturhaus Leipzig with Thomas Sparr (Berlin) and Amir Eshel (Stanford) is unfortunately canceled.
Thursday, 13 June 2024,Dubnow Institute, Leipzig            
»Nähe und Ferne« (1993)
A documentary film about the German-Israeli writers' meeting in Berlin
With an introduction by Nicolas Berg
Free admission
Thursday, 20 June 2024, Literaturhaus Leipzig            
Efrat Gal-Ed (Düsseldorf)
»Der fremden Schnitterin zu.« Jehuda Amichai übersetzt Else Lasker-Schüler ins Hebräische
Admission: 7,-/5,- Euro
(free admission for students enrolled in the colloquium)

Thursday, 27 June 2024, Literaturhaus Leipzig  
Tomer Gardi (Berlin), Anne Birkenhauer (Jerusalem), and Sebastian Schirrmeister (Hamburg)
Sprachmischung in »Eine runde Sache« - Reading and Conversation
Admission: 7,-/5,- Euro
(free admission for students enrolled in the colloquium)


Anne Birkenhauer, Jerusalem | Prof. Dr. Efrat Gal-Ed, Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf | Tomer Gardi, Berlin | Prof. Dr. Giddon Ticotsky, Hebrew University of Jerusalem | Dr. Sebastian Schirrmeister, University of Hamburg |

Summer Semester 2024, on five dates from 5.15 p.m. to 6.45 p.m. each
Dubnow Institute, Leipzig/Literaturhaus Leipzig

This event series is a cooperation between the Leibniz Research Alliance »Value of the Past« and the Literaturhaus Leipzig.