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«.

Essays and Articles

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, Central European University Press, 2020, 101–122.

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

The Dual Dynamics of Postwar Cultural Restoration. On the Salvage and Destruction of the Breslau Rabbinical Library in: Elisabeth Gallas et al (eds.), Contested Heritage. Jewish Cultural Property after 1945, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2019, 91–102.

Jewish Intellectuals between Robbery and Restitution. Ernst Grumach in Berlin, 1941–1946; in: Leo Baeck Yearbook 63 (2018), 273–295.

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), 48–72.