Dr. Sara Yanovsky

Sara Yanovsky
Project coordinator of "Documents – Memory – Historiography. The Second Theresienstadt Film"
Research Fellow 2017-18
Rechov Yehuda 9/4 Modiin-Maccabim-Reut


Sara Yanovsky completed her PhD at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with the dissertation titled "Facing the Challenge of Jewish Education in the Metropolis: A Comparative Study of the Jewish Communal Organizations of Budapest and Vienna, from 1867 until World War II." Her current research focuses on the life and works of Simon Szanto, an influential educator and journalist in 19th century Vienna.
Sara completed her BA in Media Studies at the University of Westminster, London, and her MA in International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. As a doctoral student at the Hebrew University, Sara participated in the "Jews and Cities" research group at the Mandel Scholion Interdisciplinary Research Center in the Humanities and Jewish Studies. She received the Excellence Scholarship for Students of the European Forum at the Hebrew University, the International Doctoral Scholarship of the Memorial Foundation, and participated in the International Leo Baeck Fellowship Program. After her dissertation she received a research grant from the International Institute for Jewish Genealogy for her project "Social Networks, Demography, and Identity: A Prosopographic Study of Vienna’s Jewish Upper Class 1800-1938. Sara is also part of the team working on the international research project: Dokumente – Erinnerungen – Geschichtsschreibung. Der zweite Theresienstadt- film, seine Dokumentationen und seine Rekonstruktionen aus der Perspektive der Überlebenden.



Research Project

Sara's current project on Simon Szánto’s life and publications aims to uncover wide-ranging phenomena of the Central European liberal era in the second half of the 19th century. It seeks to clarify the opportunities and challenges faced by minority groups’ publications and their authors, as well as educators, who shaped opinions, and who worked actively to become an integral part of Austrian society and the liberal German culture, while nourishing their own intellectual and religious voice. Szanto was one of the most influential authors during the high point of Austrian liberalism between 1860 and 1880, he wrote for numerous Viennese papers, established the Jewish press and Jewish educational institutions in Vienna, with a particular focus on women's education. Balancing the dialectic between the desire for integrating Jews into Viennese society while also maintaining Jewish particularity, his views had a strong impact on shaping his generation.

Selected Publications

- Social Networks, Demography, and Identity A Prosopographic Study of Vienna’s Jewish Upper Class 1800-1938, International institute for Jewish Genealogy and Paul Jacobi Center, 2015

- "Taking Responsibility and Action: Jewish Education in Vienna 1918-1938. The Austrian State and the Jewish Community of Vienna Balancing the Challenges of Jewish Education in Interwar Vienna", Center for Austrian Studies, European Forum at the Hebrew University (Working Paper 93/2010)

- "Jewish Education in Inter-War Vienna: Cooperation, Compromise and Conflict between The Austrian State and the Viennese Jewish Community", in From Empire to Republic: Post-World War I Austria (Contemporary Austrian Studies, Vol.XIX), University of New Orleans Press

- "Jewish Religious Education in Vienna 1918-1938: Consensus and Friction between the Austrian State and the Viennese Jewish Community", in Europa Orientalis, University of Vienna, 2010