News

Under »News« you can find current information on our activities. This section reports on events at the Dubnow Institute itself and gathers news on awards and cooperative projects.

 

10 June 2024

Leipzig Declaration

The research institutions in the Leipzig region take a firm stand against attacks on our democracy. Respect for the dignity of all people, the free democratic basic order, pluralism, tolerance, international exchange, and diversity are prerequisites for our common life on campus, for successful research and the best study conditions

31 May 2024

10th f/stop – Festival for Photography »Flucht in die Öffentlichkeit

From 31 May to 16 June 2024, the 10th f/stop – Festival for Photography »Flucht in die Öffentlichkeit« is taking place in Leipzig. The exhibition »The Determining Gaze« is part of the festival program as a satellite. During the festival, we offer numerous guided tours of the exhibition az the Institute.

13 May 2024

Climate City Contract Leipzig
Participation by the Dubnow Institute

By actively participating in the »EU Cities Mission 100 Climate Neutral and Smart Cities,« the City of Leipzig is one of 100 European model municipalities that are being advised and supported by the European Union on the path to climate neutrality. The aim is to develop concrete measures for a climate-neutral Leipzig together with Leipzig's civil society, business and science, to record these in a climate city contract and to implement them. The Dubnow Institute is one of numerous other institutions involved in the project.

25 April 2024

Topical Textbook »Jewish Religious Traditions«
Pre-order of the second edition possible

The second edition of the topical textbook »Jewish Religious Traditions« is currently in preparation and is expected to be delivered at the end of June 2024. The German-language booklet makes it possible to cover aspects of everyday Jewish culture in the classroom. Pre-orders of print copies in quantities of 30/60/90/120 can be made by e-mail to themenhefte(at)dubnow.de, stating the shipping address and the desired quantity. The topical textbook is also available free of charge in Open Access. On the project website you will find an online view of the booklet, the individual chapters for download as well as all multimedia content and additional materials.

12 April 2024

Young Forum of the Academy
Appointment of Dr. Caroline Jessen

Dr. Caroline Jessen, research associate at the Dubnow Institute, has been appointed to the Young Forum of the Saxon Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Leipzig. The Young Forum gives outstanding young researchers the opportunity to participate in academic dialog, to network with other young researchers across disciplinary boundaries and to help shape the Academy's program.

11 April 2024

Now available free of charge in Open Access
Geschichtsoptimismus und Katastrophenbewusstsein

Two years after its publication, the volume »Geschichtsoptimismus und Katastrophenbewusstsein. Europa nach dem Holocaust« is available free of charge in open access. The publication, edited by Jan Gerber, Philipp Graf, and Anna Pollmann, brings together contributions dedicated to the relationship between historical optimism and catastrophe consciousness and its effects on the perception of the Holocaust in Europe in the first post-war decades, the height of the Cold War.

11 April 2024

Research Funding for Dr. des. Sebastian Willert

Dr. des. Sebastian Willert, research associate at the Dubnow Institute, has succeeded in acquiring substantial research funding from the Alfred Landecker Foundation to carry out his habilitation project. From 1 April, he works on his study under the working title »Flight of Knowledge. Forced Migration of Jewish Scholars to Europe, America and the Middle East, 1933–1945« in the framework of the research unit »Law«.

27 March 2024

Copernico. History and Cultural Heritage in Eastern Europe

The Dubnow Institute is part of the network of the online portal »Copernico. History and Cultural Heritage in Eastern Europe«. A cooperation agreement was signed in recent weeks. On the Copernico portal, various organizations from the field of science and who work with communication and education around cultural heritage have joined to present information about the common history and the shared cultural heritage in Eastern Europe in a way that is both attractive and scientifically sound

25 March 2024

Leibniz Lab »Upheavals and Transformations«

At its meeting on March 19, 2024, the Senate of the Leibniz Association approved funding for the Leibniz Lab »Upheavals and Transformations,« in which the Dubnow Institute is also involved. From April 2024, a total of three Leibniz Labs will run for three years and aim to make the best possible use of the Leibniz Association's interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary experience, expertise and potential to make a strong contribution to solving pressing social issues. The Leibniz Lab »Upheavals and Transformations« shows how politics and society have reacted to fundamental challenges in the recent past. It pools the expertise of a total of 28 Leibniz institutions.

20 March 2024

Positively evaluated
Senate of the Leibniz Association publishes statement on the evaluation

The joint funding of the Dubnow Institute, covered half by the federal government and half by the state government, is to be continued. This is the recommendation of the Senate of the Leibniz Association following the regular scientific evaluation. The statement states that the institute »has set convincing priorities and has embarked on a promising path with innovative projects on Jewish material culture. The Institute has also been extremely successful in communicating its findings to both within and beyond the academic context, for example through public events or the provision of school materials.« Like all Leibniz institutions, the Dubnow Institute is evaluated by the Leibniz Senate every seven years.

 

20 March 2024

Federal Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger mentions the thematic issue »Jewish Religious Traditions« in the German Bundestag

On Wednesday, 20 March 2024, Federal Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger mentions the thematic issue »Jewish Religious Traditions« in the German Bundestag. This was realized at the Dubnow Institute as part of the BMBF-funded cooperative project »Turning Object into Subject. Communicating Jewish Everyday Culture in Germany.«

14 March 2024

Current Newsletter

The DFG-funded International Research Training Group (IRTG) “Belongings: Jewish Material Culture in Twentieth-Century Europe and Beyond,” a unique cooperation between Leipzig University (LU), the Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow (DI), and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI), will commence its work in Leipzig from September 2024. The interdisciplinary program brings together expertise in modern European and Jewish history, German and Slavic literary studies, philosophy, cultural studies, folklore and performance studies, and art history. Researchers of all nationalities are welcome to apply for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Researcher positions in Leipzig and Jerusalem. The current English newsletter also provides information about some other news from the Institute and an English article on the blog »Mimeo«.

12 March 2024

The History of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
New release by Yfaat Weiss and Uzi Rebhun

Prof. Dr. Yfaat Weiss, Director of the Dubnow Institute, has published the fifth volume of the history of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem together with Prof. Dr. Uzi Rebhun. The 1000-page publication covers the first two decades after the founding of the State of Israel (1948–1967). Many researchers closely associated with the Dubnow Institute contributed as authors. The publication was published in Hebrew by Magnes Press.

26 February 2024

Honorary Professorship for Prof. Dr. Jan Gerber

Prof. Dr. Jan Gerber, Head of the Research Unit »Politics« at the Dubnow Institute, has been appointed Honorary Professor of Modern and Contemporary History with a focus on Modern Jewish History at the Leipzig University.

14 February 2024

Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem Research Award 2023
Award in the field of German-Jewish History and Culture for Dr. Yehudit Dori Deston

Dr. Yehudit Dori Deston received the Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem Research Award 2023 for her research on Gabriel Bach and the Prosecution of Nazis in the State of Israel.

12 January 2024

Shimon Peres Award 2023
Project with the participation of Julia Salomo receives award

The Shimon Peres Award 2023 goes to two projects that are outstanding examples of successful cooperation between young people from Germany and Israel. Julia Salomo, academic assistant at the Dubnow Institute, was actively involved in one of these projects: In the cross-generational history project »Finding Romi« the history of Hashomer Hatzair in Germany was researched and a digital archive was built up. The results were also incorporated into a board game and a card game.

19 December 2023

Walter Benjamin position for Prof. Dr. Viktoriya Sukovata

Prof. Dr. Viktoriya Sukovata, Full Professor at the V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University since 2012 and since March 2022 Fellow at the Dubnow Institute, has been awarded a Walter Benjamin Fellowship by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Over the next two years, she will be able to conduct research on her project »Perceptions of the Holocaust in Film and Literature: Changes in Jewish-Soviet Holocaust Remembrance in Ukraine (1945 to the 2010s)«.

23 November 2023

Current Newsletter

The current newsletter primarily provides information about job vacancies at the Dubnow Institute. It also informs about our English-language digital events and an English article on our blog »Mimeo«.

10 October 2023

Solidarity

On the morning of October 7, Hamas attacked Israel. The situation of terror leaves us stunned and deeply concerned. The Dubnow Institute declares its solidarity with the Israeli people. Our thoughts and sympathy are with all our colleagues, friends and their families who are exposed to the terrible events on the ground.

6 October 2023

Jacob Toury Estate
Photographs provide an insight into the collection

In the early summer of 2005, the Dubnow Institute was endowed with the private and professional library of the Israeli historian Jacob Toury, who had passed away in 2004. The books often contain unique and rare artifacts, such as letters, notes and bookmarks. Personal dedications and notes can also be found between the pages. As part of a student project by Franziska Weigold and Yehuda Krause, the first digital insights into the collection are now possible. The historical documents that have been found are divided into eight categories, including »Biographical information,« »Aesthetics and Artistics« und »Everyday life«.

29 September 2023

Current Newsletter

The current issue of the Dubnow Institute Newsletter informs about the lecture series »Living in the Land of Death« and also draws attention to two calls for proposals.

17 August 2023

Jahrbuch des Dubnow-Instituts/Dubnow Institute Yearbook, Volume 19 (2020/2021)
Now also available as a book

The Dubnow Institute Yearbook, Volume 19 (2020/2021) is now also available in classical book format. Since the beginning of July, it has been available as a free open access publication on the website of the publisher Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.

7 July 2023

Current Newsletter

The current newsletter informs about the bilingual Dubnow Institute Yearbook, which is available as a free open access publication. The focal point is dedicated to the German-Jewish poet Else Lasker-Schüler. The general section focuses on the material traces of Jewish life worlds in East Central Europe. In addition, you can find videos of past events on our website, especially of the international conference »Looking at the Ghetto ...The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: Eighty Years in Retrospect.«  

30 June 2023

Dr. Felix Klein visits the Dubnow Institute

Dr. Felix Klein, the Federal Government Commissioner for Jewish Life in Germany and the Fight against Anti-Semitism, visited the Dubnow Institute on Friday, 30 June 2023. He informed himself about the research focus of the institute, projects of knowledge transfer as well as the cooperative project»Turning Object into Subject. Communicating Jewish Everyday Culture in Germany.« He then visited the exhibition »Jewish Album. Photographs by Rita Ostrovska.«

7 June 2023
Jerusalem

Vanishing Heritage. Nation-building, Cultural Restitution and German-Jewish Libraries in Post-war Czechoslovakia
Awards for dissertation by Dr. Anna Holzer-Kawalko

Dr. Anna Holzer-Kawalko, affiliated researcher at the Dubnow Institute, will receive the Erich and Otto Kulka Prize for her PhD dissertation »Vanishing Heritage. Nation-building, Cultural Restitution and German-Jewish Libraries in Post-war Czechoslovakia,« supervised by Prof. Dr. Yfaat Weiss, on 7 June 2023. The prize is awarded to the outstanding research dealing with the Czech and Central-European Jewry in Modern Period. She will also receive the Alex Berger Prize for outstanding PhD dissertation on Monday, 12 June 2023.

19 April 2023

The 80th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
A video of the Alfred Landecker Foundation with an interview with Dr. Tom Navon

On the 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the Alfred Landecker Foundation has published a video - including an interview with Dr. Tom Navon, fellow at the Dubnow Institute.

21 March 2023

Advance booking started for Museum Night 2023 in Halle and Leipzig
Dubnow Institute participating for the first time this year

On 20 March 2023, advance ticket sales began for the Museum Night 2023, to which the cities of Leipzig and Halle (Saale) invite visitors on 6 May 2023 from 6 pm to midnight. The Dubnow Institute is taking part for the first time this year and presenting the exhibition »Jewish Album. Photographs by Rita Ostrovska«.

20 March 2023

Dubnow Institute Newsletter

The current newsletter primarily informs about the program of the international conference "Looking at the Ghetto ...", which will take place from 17 to 19 April in Leipzig and in the digital space. Furthermore, it informs about a job vacancy and media reports about the Institute.

15 March 2023

Die Überlebenden vor Gericht
Zweite durchgesehene Ausgabe erschienen

The publication »Die Überlebenden vor Gericht«, which was published last summer in the series »Studies of the Dubnow Institute«, has appeared in a second revised edition. The study by Katharina Stengel is available free of charge as an open access publication on the website of the publisher Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht and has been available in book form since the same time.

9 March 2023

Market of Opportunities in Leipzig City Hall
Associations and organizations of Jewish life present themselves

As part of the exhibition »Einige waren Nachbarn. Täterschaft, Mitläufertum und Widerstand« of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, which is currently on display in the lower Wandelhalle of the New City Hall, the City of Leipzig, in cooperation with the Ariowitsch House, is offering a »Markt der Möglichkeiten« on Thursday, 9 March 2023, 4 to 6 p.m., with associations and organizations of Jewish life and initiatives committed against anti-Semitism. The Dubnow Institute will also present its work there; admission is free.

23 February 2023

Now also on Instagram

As of today, the Dubnow Institute has an Instagram account. Plese follow us!

3 February 2023

Jewish Scholars at the Leipzig University
Presentation of the web portal at the SPIN 2030 launch event

The Dubnow Institute will present the web portal »Jewish Scholars at the Leipzig University« at the SPIN 2030 kick-off event on 3 February 2023. The event will take place from 11.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Kongreßhalle am Zoo in Leipzig with selected exhibitors from all over Saxony.

6 January 2023

In Other People’s Houses
New publication in the series »hefez. Studies on Jewish History and Material Culture«

In the »hefez. Studies on Jewish History and Material Culture« series, the Hebrew edition of the publication by Anna Holzer-Kawalko has been released. It is published under the title »In Other People's Houses. Poles and Jews in Lower Silesia after 1945« by Magnes Press, Jerusalem (Hebrew; 192 pages, 2 ill., ISBN 978-965-7808-35-1, ISBN ebook 978-965-7808-36-8).

21 December 2022

hefez. Volume 2
Now also available in Hebrew

The first volume of the series »hefez. Studies on Jewish History and Material Culture«, Lilah Nethanel 's publication »Hebräische Schreibkultur in Europa,« has been published in Hebrew by Magnes Press. All volumes of the hefez series are published in German and Hebrew as well as in open access publication and as book

19 December 2022

Dubnow Institute Newsletter

The catalogue »In Their Surroundings« is published free of charge as an open-access edition as part of the Dubnow Institute's »Digital Catalogues« series. It sheds light on key figures in Jewish literatures in Eastern Europe, such as Yosef Ḥayyim Brenner, Leah Goldberg, Moyshe Kulbak, and Dvoyre Fogel. They are presented in short portraits and a close reading of selected texts. Further topics of the newsletter are events and news.

12 December 2022

Alsberg Prize for Giddon Ticotsky

Prof. Dr. Giddon Ticotsky from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem won the Alsberg Prize for his book manuscript »The Stitches of Hebrewness: Challenging Canon in the Central Archive of Hebrew Literature.« The publication will be published next year in the Dubnow Institute’s series »hefez. Studies on Jewish History and Material Culture«, edited by Prof. Dr. Yfaat Weiss. The Alsberg Prize is granted by the Association of Israeli Archivists (AIA) in honor of Paul Avraham Alsberg (1919–2006), an Israeli archivist and historian.

16 November 2022

Newsletter of the Dubnow Institute - now also in Englisch

We are pleased to send our newsletter in English for the first time. In particular, we inform about our bilingual Yearbook, which is not only published in classic book form, but also as a free open access publication. The English-language conference "The Hochschule,"which will take place in Berlin at the end of November, will be digitally transmitted.

20 October 2022

Newsletter of the Dubnow Institute

The latest newsletter of the Dubnow Institute has just been published. The October issue informs about the exhibition »Jewish Album,« events, calls for papers and other news from the Institute.

6 October 2022

Gender equality work of the Dubnow Institute honoured
Recertification by TOTAL E-QUALITY

For the second time, the Dubnow Institute has been awarded the TOTAL E-QUALITY label for its successful Gender Equality work. Organisations from business, science and administration that successfully implement equal opportunities in their personnel and organisational policies are awarded the TOTAL E-QUALITY label. An independent jury examines the application documents and decides on the award. The award is made for a period of three years.

22 September 2022

Newsletter of the Dubnow Institute

The newsletter of the Dubnow Institute is now available in a new design and with a broader content. After registering, all interested parties will receive news about the Institute's publications, events and research projects about once a month.

14 September 2022

30 years of Leibniz Institutes in Saxony

On 14 September 2022, the Leibniz institutions in Saxony celebrated their 30th anniversary at the International Congress Center Dresden. Speeches of welcome were given by Saxony's Minister President Michael Kretschmer, State Secretary Kornelia Haugg from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Science Minister Sebastian Gemkow, Leibniz President Prof. Dr. Martina Brockmeier and the mayors of Dresden and Leipzig, among others. The Dubnow Institute, a member of the Leibniz Association since 2018, presented itself primarily with its diverse publication program.

7 July 2022

Yfaat Weiss as Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM)

Prof. Dr. Yfaat Weiss, will be a guest at the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna in July 2022. There, she will be able to continue her current research project »Sovereignty in Miniature«.

29 June 2022

Cooperation Agreementmit with the Jewish Historical Institute

Thanks to the agreement, both institutions can conduct closer coordinated research. The Jewish Historical Institute was represented by the director Monika Krawczyk, and the Dubnow Institute by Prof. Dr. Yfaat Weiss.

22 June 2022

Prize for Amit Levy
Ph.D. dissertation received award

Dr. Amit Levy, who co-organised the Dubnow Institute's research colloquium this semester and had completed his PhD at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem last year, won the Middle East & Islamic Studies Association of Israel's 2022 Bleiman Prize for best Ph.D. dissertation. The prize was announced at the association's annual conference, which took place on June 9, 2022. The prize committee praised Levy's dissertation, »A New Orient: German-Jewish Oriental Studies in Palestine/Israel, 1926–1963«(supervisors: Prof. Dr. Yfaat Weiss and Dr. Aya Elyada) for being a »groundbreaking study« that carefully and thoroughly analyses a vast corpus of primary sources in German, Arabic, and English.

15 June 2022

Just published: Brochure »Think Lab«

The brochure »Think Lab« offers a glimpse at the research of the Dubnow Institute as if through the window of a laboratory: In about twenty short articles, it spotlights the processes of our academic work, its underlying our questions and methods. The brochure can be downloaded free of charge as a PDF.

25 May 2022

hefez. Studies on Jewish History and Material Culture
Book Presentation in Jerusalem

On Wednesday, 25 May 2022, 2.30 p.m., the first two Hebrew-language volumes of the series »hefez. Studies on Jewish History and Material Culture« will be presented. All volumes of the hefez series are published in German and Hebrew, as books as well as in Open Access.

29 April 2022

Fellowship for Dr. Elisabeth Gallas

Dr. Elisabeth Gallas will hold a four-month fellowship at the prestigious Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She will spend the time working on her research project »“We Accuse!”: History of Jewish Indictments in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries.«

28 April 2022

Festblog. Narrative Miniatures

Doctoral candidates and postdoctoral scholars from Yfaat Weiss’ various sites of activity, past and present – especially in Leipzig and Jerusalem – have come together to dedicate their own miniatures to her on the occasion of her sixtieth birthday. This »Festblog« will feature a series of »narrative miniatures« spread in loose succession across the year. Starting from an object or an archival document, the contributions presented here will examine (hi)stories and questions from a micro-perspective, thereby reflecting not least of all the main interests of her own historical research: space and materiality, mobility and transfer, the history of objects and knowledge in the context of German and Central European, Jewish, and Israeli history. Just as Yfaat Weiss herself works in and between different places, so she connects the epistemological traditions and academic cultures of Israel and Germany as well as connecting different languages and mentalities in her work. For this reason, the »Festblog« will feature contributions in three languages: Hebrew, English, and German.

18 March 2022

»Niemandsland. Hader am Berg Scopus« – Book presentation with Yfaat Weiss
Jetzt im »Virtuellen Archiv«

In cooperation with the Saxon Academy of Sciences in Leipzig and Brill Deutschland – Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht/Böhlau Verlag, the Dubnow Institute organised a book presentation with the historian Prof. Dr. Yfaat Weiss on 17 March 2022. In conversation with Thomas Sparr, she presented her latest publication »Niemandsland« and used the Mount Scopus in Jerusalem to unfold the history of the city after war and division. A recording of the event is available via the »Virtual Archive« of this website.

17 March 2022

State Secretary Andrea Franke visits the Dubnow Institute

On Wednesday, 16 March, 2022, State Secretary Andrea Franke from the Saxon State Ministry of Science, Culture and Tourism visited the Dubnow Institute. In addition to the professional exchange, she learned about the Institute's publication portfolio and visited the exhibition »Jewish Album. Photographs by Rita Ostrovska«, which focuses on Jewish life in the Ukraine and the mass emigration of Jews from the former Soviet Union.

20 January 2022

Now also available as a book
»hefez. Studies on Jewish History and Material Culture« , Vol. 1 and Vol. 2

The first two volumes of the series »hefez. Studies on Jewish History and Material Culture«, Lilah Nethanel's publication »Hebräische Schreibkultur in Europa« and Bilha Shilo's publication »Ein Drama in Akten«, have now also been published in book form. Both volumes have already been available as free open access publications since December 2021. »Ein Drama in Akten« has also been published in Hebrew – also as an open access publication as well as in book form.

13 January 2022

hefez. Volume 2
Now also available in Hebrew

The second volume of the series »hefez. Studies on Jewish History and Material Culture«, Bilha Shilo's publication »Ein Drama in Akten. Die Restitution der Sammlungen des Wilnaer YIVO«, has been published in Hebrew by Magnes Press. All volumes of the hefez series are published in German and Hebrew as well as in open access publication and as book.

4 January 2022

Membership in the Leipzig Science Network

The Dubnow Institute has been a member of the Leipzig Science Network, which includes 15 other scientific institutions from Leipzig, since the beginning of this year. The network increases the visibility of Leipzig as a science location and supports scientists in working creatively, freely and cooperatively.

21 December 2021

New collaborative project started
Subproject: Possibilities and limits of Jewish participation at Saxon universities

The Free State of Saxony has set up a collaborative project that aims to network digital cultural data in Saxony. In the DIKUSA project, the non-university humanities research institutions in Saxony will each conduct research on the cultural and social history of Saxony in their own subprojects under the coordination of the KompetenzwerkD working group of the Saxon Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Leipzig. The Dubnow Institute's subproject is focused on research on the possibilities and limits of Jewish participation in Saxon universities from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century.

6 October 2021

DAMALS-Book Competition 2021
Prizes for Dan Diner, »Ein anderer Krieg« and Yair Mintzker, »Die vielen Tode des Jud Süß«

Yesterday, a jury of scholars and media announced the winners in the DAMALS Book Competition 2021. Dan Diner's publication »Ein anderer Krieg. Das jüdische Palästina und der Zweite Weltkrieg 1935–1942«  was chosen as the Historical Book of the Year. Third place went to the publication»Die vielen Tode des Jud Süß. Justizmord an einem Hofjuden« by Yair Mintzker, published by the Dubnow Institute and translated from American English by Felix Kurz.

30 September 2021

Shalom: 1700 Jahre – eine Hörspielreise
Exhibition for children and young people at UNIKATUM Kindermuseum Leipzig

The exhibition »Shalom: 1700 Jahre – eine Hörspielreise« opened at the UNIKATUM Kindermuseum Leipzig this weekend. Zarin Aschrafi, Doctoral Candidate at the Dubnow Institute, provided scientific advice for the conception of the station on Jewish life in Frankfurt in the postwar period. The exhibition can be visited in Leipzig until the summer of 2022.

1 September 2021

Heine Prize of the City of Düsseldorf for board member Rachel Salamander

Rachel Salamander, a member of the Dubnow Institute's General Assembly, has been awarded the Heinrich Heine Prize of the City of Düsseldorf. The Prize has been awarded by the city of Düsseldorf every three years since 1972 and is one of the most important literary prizes in Germany.

26 August 2021

New positions for former Fellows

Dr. Rotem Giladi has been awarded a Senior Lecturer position at the Law School of the University of Roehampton, London. Dr. Yechiel Weizman has been awarded a tenure-track position in Holocaust Studies at The Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry at Bar Ilan University. Both scholars spent two years as fellows in the Research Unit »Law« and are now closely associated with the Institute as associate researchers.

20 August 2021

Exhibition and Catalog
Our Courage – Jews in Europe 1945–1948

From 31 August 2021 to 18 January 2022, the Jewish Museum Frankfurt will show the exhibition »Our Courage – Jews in Europe 1945-48,« which explores Jewish experiences of escape and expulsion in Europe directly after the war. The exhibit will be accompanied by a catalogue available in German and English that features articles based on the conference entitled »Building from Ashes«, which was organized by the Jewish Museum Frankfurt, together with the Dubnow Institute, the Fritz Bauer Institute and the Goethe University of Frankfurt in December 2017. Dr. Elisbath Gallas and Dr. Philipp Graf contribute to the catalog.

18 June 2021

Program for the 53rd German Historians' Conference now online

The program and registration for the 53rd German Historians' Day are online as of today.

Among others:

Tuesday, 5 October 2021, 4.15–6 p.m.
Michael Brenner, Yfaat Weiss
Die Sprache des Feindes: Deutschsprachige Akten in israelischen Archiven

Wednesday, 6 October 2021, 3.15–6 p.m.
Jan Gerber, Philipp Graf
Erfahrung und Erinnerung. Israel, die deutschsprachige Linke und der Holocaust

17 June 2021

»Auf den Spuren einer ungeklärten Herkunft.« Diskussionen zum jüdischen Bucherbe in Leipzig
Application for cooperation project approved

From October to December 2021, a series of lectures will be held by the Dubnow Institute in cooperation with Leipzig University Library (UBL) as part of »#2021JLID – Jüdisches Leben in Deutschland.« The starting point is a unique collection of books that the Jewish Community of Leipzig donated to the Leipzig University Library for preservation and research. It consists of hundreds of prints, the oldest of which date back to the 16th century. The collection sheds light on processes of migration, mobility, social inclusion and exclusion, and the consequences of robbery, confiscation, and destruction. In six lectures, the Dubnow Institute and the UBL ask about the conditions under which Jewish book culture is preserved and made accessible today.

1 June 2021

Exhibition and Publication
»Uns eint die Liebe zum Buch«. Jüdische Verleger in Leipzig (1815–1938)

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 a article for this publication; he also supported the exhibition concept.

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.

10 December 2020

Professorship for Dubnow Institute Alumnus

Dr. Mohamed A. H. Ahmed has been appointed »Al Maktoum Associate Professor in Middle Eastern Studies« at Trinity College Dublin. He worked at the Dubnow Institute from 2009 to 2016, from 2012 as Doctoral Candidate. He completed his dissertation in 2015; it focuses on Arabic use in nine Hebrew novels written between the 1950s and 2010s by three Iraqi Jewish authors.

7 December 2020

IHRA Online Plenary Meeting with greetings from Prof. Dr. Jörg Deventer

The General Assembly of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance was to take place in Leipzig at the beginning of December. Due to the pandemic, it was switched to digital. Prof. Dr. Jörg Deventer, Deputy of the director at the Dubnow Institute, gives a video greeting.

19 November 2020

Publication by Inbal Ben-Asher Gitler

The publication »Architectural Culture in British-Mandate Jerusalem, 1917-1948« was just published by Edinburgh University Press. The author Inbal Ben-Asher Gitler was a visiting scholar at the Dubnow Institute from 2017 to 2018 and wrote main parts of the book manuscript during her months in Leipzig.

17 November 2020

Colloquium of the Leibniz ScienceCampus »Eastern Europe – Global Area«
Beiträge des Dubnow-Instituts

The colloquium of the Leibniz ScienceCampus »Eastern Europe – Global Area« will take place online in the winter semester 2020/2021. The lecture series also includes lectures organised by the Dubnow Institute.

13 November 2020

Dubnow Institute on Twitter

Since Thursday, November 12, 2020, the Dubnow Institute has also been active on Twitter. Anyone interested in news from the Institute can follow @DubnowInstitut.

5 November 2020

Institute's operations

Due to the current corona situation, the Dubnow Institute and its library will remain closed to the public until further notice. Many of our employees are also currently working from home. Please send your messages or enquiries by email to the contact persons listed on our website. We apologise for any delays in replying.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

1 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.

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.

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.

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.

4 December 2019

P. A. Alsberg Prize for an article in the Dubnow Institute Yearbook

The Association of Israeli Archivists announced at its annual meeting today that Amit Levy has received the P. A. Alsberg Prize for Research on Archives for his article »The Archive as Storyteller: Refractions of German-Jewish Oriental Studies Migration in Personal Archives«. The article will be published in the Dubnow Institute Yearbook 17 (2018), which will be published in early 2020. It is part of the thematic focus »The Return to the Archive: Dispersal, Transmission and Anticipation in Personal Archives between Germany and Israel«, edited by Lina Barouch. Amit Levy is currently a PhD Honors Program member at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the Hebrew University. His research focuses on the transplantation of Oriental studies from Germany to Palestine/Israel.

7 November 2019

TOTAL E-QUALITY

The Dubnow Institute was honoured as one of 60 organisations from business, science, administration and associations at a nationwide event in Munich on 5 November for its future-oriented, successful and sustainable personnel policy.

18 July 2019

The Dubnow Institute receives the Total E-Quality Award

For the first time, the Dubnow Institute has been awarded the TOTAL E-QUALITY label for its successful Gender Equality work. Organisations from business, science and administration that successfully implement equal opportunities in their personnel and organisational policies are awarded the TOTAL E-QUALITY label. An independent jury examines the application documents and decides on the award. The award is made for a period of three years.

26 June 2019

Pinkasim project: Website now online

Recently the website »The Pinkasim Collection: The International Repository of Communal Ledgers« is online. The project gathered together the Pinkasim – the minute books of Jewish communities – widespread in Ashkenazic Europe and northern Italy – as a central historical source for Jewish history and culture in Early Modern Period. Previously contained spread across archives and collections in Israel, Europe and the United States, the communal Pinkassim were successively digitalized as part of a project of the National Library of Israel in cooperation with the Dubnow Institute and are now made available in an online archive.

27 May 2019

Dubnow Institute participates in »Leibniz im Bundestag«

With the format »Leibniz im Bundestag«, the Leibniz Association has been offering the members of the German Bundestag individual discussions with scientists on various topics since 2008. The Dubnow Institute also participates in this dialogue, which takes place from 4th to 5th June in Berlin. This year Prof. Dr. Jörg Deventer informs about »Israel - Deutschland. Aktuelle Wissenschaftsbeziehungen im Bereich der Geisteswissenschaften«; PD Dr. Jeannette van Laak talks about »Juden in der DDR«.

30 April 2019

Cooperation Agreement with the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania

Prof. Dr. Yfaat Weiss, Director of the Dubnow Institute, signed a cooperation agreement with the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania in Vilnius on April 29, 2019. In the future, the two institutions would like to carry out more scholarly projects and exhibitions in suitable subject Areas together.

15 April 2019

Prof. Dr. Yfaat Weiss: Full Member of the Saxon Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Leipzig

The director of the Dubnow Institute, Prof. Dr. Yfaat Weiss, was admitted to the Saxon Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Leipzig (SAW) on Friday, 12 April 2019 as a full member of the philological-historical class.

4 April 2019

Lilian Mendoza Prize 2018/2019 awarded to Anna Holzer-Kawalko

Anna Holzer-Kawalko, Doctoral Candidates at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and currently Visiting Scholar at the Dubnow Institute, is awarded the Lilian Mendoza Prize 2018/2019. Her dissertation, entitled »Dissonant Heritage. Nation-Building, Material Politics and German-Jewish Book Collections in Czechoslovakia, 1918-1948« is supervised by Prof. Dr. Yfaat Weiss. The award ceremony will take place on 10 April at 4 p.m. in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

1 March 2019

New design for Dubnow Institute

The Berlin agency Ta-Trung is currently developing a new corporate design for the Dubnow Institute. With a new logo a first, important element of it could be introduced. Newly designed posters, flyers, postcards and business cards will follow shortly.

26 October 2018

Translation funding for Lutz Fiedler »Matzpen. Eine andere israelische Geschichte«

Thanks to the funding of translation by Geisteswissenschaften International, Lutz Fiedler's publication »Matzpen. Eine andere israelische Geschichte« (Studies oft the Simon Dubnow Institute, Vol. 25) can be published in English by Edinburgh University Press.

6 September 2018

Prize »Opus Primum«: Publication of the Dubnow Institute on shortlist

From more than a hundred suggestions, the publication »Polens letzte Juden. Herkunft und Dissidenz um 1968" by David Kowalski, published in the series "Schriften des Simon-Dubnow-Instituts", was shortlisted for the »Opus Primum« Prize. With this prize, the Volkswagen Foundation annually awards a German-language publication of high scientific quality, which must be easy to read and understand for a broad public.

29 August 2018

Sponsorship by the Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe

With generous support from the Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe, an international group of researchers will meet regularly at the Dubnow Institute over the next two years. They will prepare two comprehensive funding proposals on the topic "Cultural Agency, Transnational Innovation, and Publishing Economics: The Romm Printing House and the European Republic of Letters". This so-called Research Consortium brings together historians, book and literary scholars from Israel, Lithuania and Germany.

27 August 2018

Second Edition of Omar Kamil's »Der Holocaust im arabischen Gedächtnis«

Omar Kamil's »Der Holocaust im arabischen Gedächtnis« (Schriftenreihe series, vol. 15) has been published in a second, reviewed edition.