Press Release

2 June 2022

»Saxon Cultural Heritage in the Global Age«

SMWK supports project of the Dubnow Institute in cooperation with the Schocken Archive in Jerusalem

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The Saxon State Ministry for Science, Culture and Tourism (SMWK) is funding a project of the Leipzig-based Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture - Simon Dubnow on the Schocken Archive in Jerusalem. The goal is to develop a joint project with the Schocken Institute for Jewish Research to access, research and preserve the archive holdings and to make them internationally visible.

The entrepreneur Salman Schocken (1877–1959) built one of the most modern department store chains in the Weimar Republic – with its headquarters and geographic focus in Saxony – and founded one of the most important Jewish publishing houses in the world. The Schocken Verlag existed between 1932 and 1938 in Berlin, later relocating to New York and Tel Aviv. An archive that documents the history of the publishing house exists today in Jerusalem. The Dubnow Institute participates in the drafting of a proposal for a comprehensive project to make its inventory accessible and internationally visible, and to share the research findings with a wider audience in the shape of an exhibition.