Max and Hilde Kochmann Summer School

for PhD-Students in Modern European-Jewish History and Culture

WAG Summer School for PhD-Students in German-Jewish Studies


6-10 July, 2011, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main


Co-organised by

The Centre for German-Jewish Studies at the University of Sussex


The Martin Buber-Chair in Jewish Thought and Philosophy at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main


The Wissenschaftliche Arbeitsgemeinschaft des Leo Baeck Instituts in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (WAG)


Judaica Europeana - Jewish Contribution to Europe's Cultural Heritage






Prof. Stefanie Schüler-Springorum (Zentrum für Antisemitismusforschung, Berlin)

Prof. Christian Wiese (Goethe University Frankfurt / University of Sussex)

Prof. Andreas Gotzmann (University of Erfurt)

Dr. Rachel Heuberger (University of Frankfurt Library)

Dr. George Y. Kohler (Goethe University Frankfurt)







Wednesday, 6 July, 2011


(Campus Westend, Room NG 1.701)


16.00 Welcome / Introduction


Session 1

16.30-17.15 (Chair: Andreas Gotzmann)


Wiebke Rasumny (Ludwig Maximilians-University of Munich): Narratives of Martyrdom in the Old Yiddish Maysebukh (Basle 1602)





Workshop Judaica Europeana (Rachel Heuberger)


Judaica Europeana (, is part of Europeana, Europe’s digital library.

 The workshop will present the project and highlight the digitized primary resources for Jewish Studies, available in Europeana in open access  





Thursday, 7 July, 2011

(Campus Westend, Casino, 1.801)


Session 2

9.30-11.00 (Chair: Andreas Gotzmann)

Michal Szulc (University of Potsdam): The Emancipation of Jews in Gdansk, 1793-1848. Gdansk Jewry between Ideology, Politics and Administration


Inka Le Huu (University of Hamburg): „Sociale Emanzipation der Juden” – Jewish-Gentile Relations in the Middle Class of Hamburg (1830-1864)


Coffee break: 11.00-11.30

Session 3
11.30-13.00 (Chair: Christian Wiese)

Gabriel Cooper (University of Virginia): Fantasies of Jewish Power: Religion and State in German and Austrian Jewish Writing from Mendelssohn to Schoenberg


Alessandro Grazi (University of Groningen): The Italian Jews’ Role in Freemasonry and Secret Societies during the Risorgimento


Lunch 13.00-14.30

Session 4
14.30-16.00 (Chair: George Y. Kohler)


Sylvia Jaworski (ETH Zurich): An Ignored Assimilation? The Attempt of a Reform of Judaism in Warsaw during the Second Part of the 19th Century


Alicja Maslak-Maciejewska (Jagellonian University, Krakow): The Reformed Movement in Krakow in the 19th Century


Break: 16.00-16.30


Session 5

16.30-18.00 (Chair: Stefanie Schüler-Springorum)


Eric McKinley (University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana): Intimate Strangers: Intermarriage among Jews, Catholics, and Protestants in Germany, 1875-1935


Christoph Leiska(Zentrum für Antisemitismusforschung, TU Berlin): Creating Urban Cultures in Scandinavia: Jewish-Christian Interactions in Gothenburg and Copenhagen 1860-1900

19.00 Dinner







Friday, 8 July, 2011

(Campus Westend, HZ 6)


Session 6

9.00-10.30 (Chair: Stefanie Schüler-Springorum)


Katarzyna Kowalczyk (University of Illinois at Chicago): In-Between Judaism and Christianity: Female Identity as a Social Construct in Ghetto and Village Tales by the Austro-Hungarian Authors Karl Emil Franzos, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch and Bertha Pappenheim


Christine Bovermann(University of Halle): Jewish Nationalism in the German Empire: „Gegenwartsarbeit“ as an Opportunity and Task for Women within the Zionist Movement


Coffee break: 10.30-11.00


Session 7
11.00-13.30 (Chair: Stefanie Schüler-Springorum)

Natalia Vershinina (Tyumen University):Struggle for the Jewish Soul: Competition between OZET and the World Zionist Organization


Anna Novikov Almagor (Hebrew University, Jerusalem): Between 'Deutschland' and 'Polska': The Clash of Identities in Interwar Eastern Upper Silesia


Marcin Siadkowski (University of Warsaw): The Relations between Poland, Great Britain, Germany and the Zionist Movement in the Context of Jewish Migration from Poland to Palestine during the Interwar Period

Lunch 13.30-15.00

Session 8
15.00-17.00 (Chair: Christian Wiese)

Abraham Rubin (CUNY Graduate Center, New York): “The Nothingness of Revelation”: History, Memory, Eschatology from Franz Kafka to Jacob Taubes


Felice Naomi Wonnenberg (Humboldt University, Berlin): It’s Hard to be a Jewish Hero: The Image of the Jewish Man in Contemporary European and Israeli Cinema

Saturday, 9 July, 2011




Visit to the Jewish Museum Frankfurt am Main:

Guided Tour of the Permanent Exhibition and the Exhibition on “Nelly Sachs, Poet, Berlin / Stockholm”






Sunday, 10 July, 2011

(Campus Westend, Room IG 1.701)


Session 9
9.00-10.30 (Chair: Andreas Gotzmann)


Astrid Zajdband (University of Sussex): German Rabbis in British Exile


Judith Weißbach(Hochschule für Jüdische Studien, Heidelberg): The Memory Discourse of German-Speaking Jews regarding their Exile in Shanghai, 1938-1949


Break: 10.30-10.45

Session 10
10.45-12.15 (Chair: Christian Wiese)


Achim Wörn (University of Würzburg): The Jewish Population of Stettin, 1945-50


Rachel L. Rothstein(University of Florida, Gainesville): Glimmer of Hope: How the Anti-Zionist Campaign Revived Polish Jewishness