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Die GEGJ e. V. auf dem Historikertag

Sektion und MV am 20. September

Auf dem 54. Deutschen Historikertag in Leipzig veranstaltet die Gesellschaft zur Erforschung der Geschichte der Juden e. V. eine epochenübergreifende Sektion zum Thema “Jüdisches Kulturerbe hinterfragen“. Die Sektion wurde organisiert von Eva Haverkamp-Rott und moderiert von Andreas Brämer. Sie findet am Mittwoch um 13 Uhr in HS 7 statt.


Connecting Individuals and Communities

G.I.F. Young Scientists Meeting 2023
mit Unterstützung der GEGJ e.V.

Vom 29. Mai bis 1. Juni 2023 fand in Speyer sowie im Elsass (Bouxwiller, Ettendorf, Strasbourg) ein Workshop für Doktorand:innen und PostDocs statt. Das “Young Scientists Meeting” wurde von der German Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development ausgerichtet. Die GEGJ war an der Organisation und Finanzierung beteiligt.

GIF Young Scientists Meeting 2023 in Speyer

Forum Jüdische Geschichte – Bericht

Vom 17. bis 19. Februar 2023 fand im Tagungshaus Hohenheim der Akademie der Diözese Rottenburg-Stuttgart die 23. Arbeitstagung des interdisziplinären Forums “Jüdische Geschichte und Kultur in der Frühen Neuzeit und im Übergang zur Moderne” statt. Die Tagung war dem Thema “Soziale Differenzierung jüdischer Lebenswelten: Zugehörigkeit, Hierarchie und Mobilität” gewidmet.

Der Tagungsbericht von Julia Mützenbach ist nun online.



Christoph Cluse, Alfred Haverkamp (†) & Jörg R. Müller (eds), Bishops and Jews in the Medieval Latin West / Bischöfe und Juden im lateinischen Mittelalter, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2023. ISBN 978-3-447-11770-8 . 468 Seiten, 78 €

The figure of the bishop plays a central role in medieval European society. While it is rarely useful to speak of “the Church” in general terms, the bishop comes near to representing the institutional church on the local, regional, and sometimes even European levels. In varying degrees and in changing emphases over time, it reflects the principles of hierarchy and collegiality that shaped the structure of the ecclesiastical world. Bishops headed the local Christian congregation and ruled over early and high medieval town communities; for long periods they were also the typical proponents of mission and preaching. At the same time, bishops assumed prominent roles at the royal courts of Europe. In the Holy Roman Empire in particular, they appear as secular barons in their own right. By networks of family ties they were connected with the nobility of their region and realm, while in office and within the career system of the Church they frequently met with men and women of the most various social backgrounds.

It is the peculiar blend of ecclesiastical functions and political roles that lends urgency to the theme of our book. Researchers have frequently deplored that whereas the political roles of bishops were often studied in great detail, their church functions were left for ecclesiastical historians to describe, so that an integrated picture of the bishop as bishop is rarely attained. By contrast, the attitudes of the institutional church towards the Jews in Latin Europe have commonly been studied in view of papal and conciliar legislation or with a focus on the anti-Jewish writings of individual clerics, many of whom were from the ranks of the religious orders. In as far as the relations between bishops and Jews are concerned, this situation appears rather unsatisfactory. It is acerbated by the fact that, notwithstanding a number of studies on individual figures, no sustained investigation on a comparative level has yet been undertaken. Looking at the situation in Northern and Central Italy, Michele Luzzati in 1990 marked some of the major deficits in the (mostly ecclesiastical) historiography on bishops, and demonstrated the potentials of an analysis taking into account the roles of bishops at the crossroads of the converging and conflicting interests in their cities. His analysis shows that similar problems could lead to widely different consequences according to local context. Taking a much broader perspective, the late Professor Alfred Haverkamp has elucidated the decisive role played by a network of tenth-century German bishops in the early settlement of Jews north of the Alps. The two approaches—the local and the general—are reflected in varying emphases in all of the contributions to the present collection.

Table of Contents / Inhaltsverzeichnis.


Jewish or Common Heritage?

(Dis-)appropriation of Synagogue Architecture in East-Central Europe since 1945

Call for Papers (Deadline: 31 January 2023)

The synagogues that remained standing after World War II have faced an uncertain destiny. As abandoned buildings, they were susceptible to decay quickly and, as former buildings of worship, for legal, cultural and architectural reasons, posed a great challenge in terms of their reuse. Consequently, many synagogues simply fell into ruins, some were turned into secular buildings of various purposes, and few could have been used as houses of prayer again.

These processes have already been quite well researched in western other parts of Europe. A desideratum, however, is approach to the Jewish architectural heritage in those East-Central European territories, whose state affiliation changed after 1945 and whose population was exchanged. The aim of the conference is a historicization of the processes of rediscovery in the recent past.

The conference is a cooperation of Bet Tfila – Research Unit for Jewish Architecture in Europe at TU Braunschweig, GHI Warsaw and POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. It takes place within the framework of the ‘DFG Priority Program 2357: Jewish Cultural Heritage’, which is funded by the German Research Foundation.

Fuller information is provided here.