Dr. Anna Holzer-Kawalko

Affiliated Researcher


Anna Holzer-Kawalko is a research associate at the Leo Baeck Institute, Jerusalem and is also an affiliated researcher of the Dubnow Institute in the project »The Material and Intellectual Legacy of the Higher Institute for Jewish Studies in Berlin«.

Earned her PhD in Jewish history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2022; subject of PhD thesis: »Vanishing Heritage: Nation-Building, Cultural Restitution and German-Jewish Libraries in Postwar Czechoslovakia«.



In Other People’s Houses. Poles and Jews in Lower Silesia after 1945, Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 2022 [Hebrew] [German translation forthcoming in 2024 with Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht].

Essays and Articles

Library in Exile. The Revival of the Jewish National and University Library and its Book Collections [Hebrew], in: The History of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem: The Nation-State and Higher Education, Yfaat Weiss/Uzi Rebhun (eds.), Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 2024, 719–766 (together with Enrico Lucca).

Provenance Research ad Jewish History. The Centralverein Library at the Leo Baeck Institute in Jerusalem, in: Mimeo. Blog der Doktorandinnen und Doktoranden am Dubnow-Institut [Weblog], 12 April 2023 (together with Bettina Farack).

Hermann Cohen in Jerusalem. On the Changing Perception of German-Jewish Heritage in Israel, in: Mimeo. Blog der Doktorandinnen und Doktoranden am Dubnow-Institut [Weblog], 26 January 2023.

Eastern European Perspectives on the Restitution of Nazi-Looted Jewish Cultural Property. Gershom Scholem in Prague, 1946, in: Naharaim. Zeitschrift für deutsch-jüdische Literatur und Kulturgeschichte, 16, 2022, nr. 2, 229–256.

East Meets West. Polish-German Coexistence in Lower Silesia through the Memories of Polish Expellees, 1945–1947, in: Jan Fellerer/Robert Pyrah (eds.), Lviv and Wroclaw, Cities in Parallel? Myth, Memory, and Migration, c.1890–Present, Budapest/New York 2020, 101–122.

The Dual Dynamics of Postwar Cultural Restoration. On the Salvage and Destruction of the Breslau Rabbinical Library, in: Elisabeth Gallas/Anna Holzer-Kawalko/Caroline Jessen/Yfaat Weiss (eds.), Contested Heritage. Jewish Cultural Property after 1945, Göttingen 2019, 91–102.

Robbery and Restitution. ERR Ratibor Depot and Jewish Cultural Property after 1945, in: Mimeo - Blog der Doktorandinnen und Doktoranden am Dubnow-Institut, 27 June 2019.

Jewish Intellectuals between Robbery and Restitution: Ernst Grumach in Berlin, 1941–1946, in: Leo Baeck Institute Yearbook, 63, 2018, nr. 1, 273–295.

Lost on the Island. Mapping an Alternative Path of Exile in the Life and Work of Ernst Grumach, in: Jahrbuch des Simon-Dubnow-Instituts/Simon Dubnow Institute Yearbook 16 (2017), 493–520.

From Breslau to Wrocław. Transfer of the Saraval Collection to Poland and the Restitution of Jewish Cultural Property after WWII, in: Naharaim. Zeitschrift für deutsch-jüdische Literatur und Kulturgeschichte, 9, 2015, nr. 1/2, 48–72.

A Story of Survival. Hebrew Manuscripts and Incunabula from the Saraval Collection in the Manuscriptorium – Digital Library of the Memoriae Mundi Series Bohemica Project, in: Medaon. Magazin für jüdisches Leben in Forschung und Bildung, 17, 2015.