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.


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.