toldot. Essays on Jewish History and Culture

Volume 15


Hader am Berg Scopus

Translated from Hebrew by Jan Eike Dunkhase

In the 1920s and 1930s, several important Jewish institutions were founded on Mount Scopus in Jerusalem: the Hebrew University, the Jewish National Library, and the Hadassa Hospital. The significance of these institutions to the Yishuv, the Jewish community in Palestine, was both very real and also highly symbolical. However, following the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, these institutions found themselves in Jordanian territory, in an enclave administered by the UN and difficult to access. This enclave henceforth became the object of conflicting claims to sovereignty, while the Jewish cultural assets held there, especially books and other collections, remained beyond the grasp of the scholars who had fastidiously protected them for decades prior. Through these objects and their fates, Yfaat Weiss’s essay tells the story of the history of Jerusalem following war and partition.

165 pp, 12 black and white and 2 colored figs., paperback

Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2021

ISBN: 978-3-525-35825-2
Price: 24,00 € (D)

ISBN (e-book): 978-3-647-35825-3
Price: 19,99 € (D)

Book Presentation with Yfaat Weiss and Thomas Sparr on 17 March 2022
A recording of the event is available via the »Virtual Archive« of this website.


Jakob Hessing, in: FAZ, 25 February 2022, 12.

Ralf Balke, in: Jüdische Allgemeine, 21 October 2021, 21.