für jüdische Geschichte und Kultur an der universität Leipzig

Workshops 2005

16. bis 18. September 2005

Reflecting the Other – The Israeli-Palestinian Discourse Reconsidered. An Encounter in Culture, Identity and Perception

Rosenzweig Zentrum (Jerusalem), Minerva Stiftung (München) und Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (Bonn)







20. bis 22. January 2005

Interethnic Relations in the Soviet-Occupied Territories of Poland, 1939–1941

Institute on Historical Justice and Reconciliation, Salzburg

Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, New York


The workshop is part of an historical dialogue intended to work towards a historical narrative, or possibly parallel narratives, of the difficult and contested period of 1939-41 that can be accepted by all groups involved. This project, jointly sponsored by the Salzburg-based Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation [IHJR], Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs [CCEIA] in New York and the Simon Dubnow Institute, is part of a larger project of the newly-founded IHJR on historical commissions as complements to truth commissions and other instruments of reckoning and memory.


The basic agenda for the Polish-Jewish case was set at a meeting of scholars to plan the commission in Leipzig in April 2003. At this meeting, two initial project components were identified and initiated: one is the production of a synthetic history on Polish-Jewish relations in the twentieth century, and the other is a project on a particularly contentious topic, interethnic relations in Soviet occupied territories of Poland from 1939 to 1941. It is anticipated that project components on several similar topics and periods, such as interethnic violence in the immediate post-war period, will be activated in the future.