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Pollock B, Weidner D, Wiese C ed. Naharaim Pollock B, Weidner D, Wiese C. Journal of German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History [Internet]. 2022;16 (1). Publisher's VersionAbstract

This issue includes the first scholarly study of the author’s library of German-Hebrew aphoristic poet Elazar Benyoëtz, which the Rosenzweig Minerva Center received as a gift last year.



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Asher D. Biemann
Nationalismus als Umkehr: Etwas zur jüdischen Meta-Politik der Moderne

Joseph (Yossi) Turner and Nadav Shifman Berman
Franz Rosenzweig’s Concept of Redemption as a Vehicle for Confronting the Philosophical Problem of Contemporary Transhumanism

Samuel P. Catlin
“No Sin to Limp”: Critique as Error in Geoffrey Hartman’s Essays on Midrash

Emir Yigit
Dialectical Abnormality? Jewish Alienation and Jewish Emancipation between Hegel and Marx

James Adam Redfield and Tamar Gutfeld
The Anxiety of Tradition: Unrealized Weddings in Berdichevsky’s Yiddish Stories

Stefan Hermes
Ein Stück Heimat? Hans Mayers ambivalente Sicht auf Israel

Jan Kühne and Anna Rosa Schlechter
“A Self-Portrait in Books” — Reflections on the Aphoristic Library of Elazar Benyoëtz


Ein Drama in Akten: Die Restitution der Sammlungen des Wilnaer YIVO
Shilo B. Ein Drama in Akten: Die Restitution der Sammlungen des Wilnaer YIVO. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht; 2022. Publisher's VersionAbstract
The YIVO (Yidisher visnshaftlekher institut), founded in 1925 and run from New York from 1940, preserves the largest collection on the history and culture of Eastern European Jewry. After the destruction and robbery of the institute in Vilna by the Nazis, only fragments remained, which were recovered at various locations after 1945. In her essay, Bilha Shilo describes the restitution history marked by the early beginnings of the Cold War: the successful rescue of holdings from the American occupation zone in Germany is juxtaposed with the failed repatriation of collection items from Czechoslovakia. The competing claims of the YIVO and other institutions for the material Jewish heritage of Europe are also revealed.
השבה והחמצה: תום התקופה האירופית של ייווא
שילה בלהה. השבה והחמצה: תום התקופה האירופית של ייווא. מאגנס; 2022. Publisher's Versionתקציר
השבה והחמצה מתחקה אחר המעט שנותר אחרי מלחמת העולם השנייה מייווא, מוסד המחקר המפואר של היידיש ותרבותה. בחקירה בלשית מדוקדקת פורסת בלהה שילה עלילה סבוכה. במרכזה הצלחתו החריגה של ייווא – שעבר מווילנה לניו יורק – בהשבת קניינו התרבותי במערב, באזור הכיבוש האמריקאי, וכישלונו הצורב במאמציו בשטח הכיבוש הסובייטי שבמזרח. מבעד לסוגיית הבעלות על הקניין התרבותי נחשף מכלול הסוגיות ההיסטוריות הרלוונטיות לתקופה: התפתחותה של התרבות היהודית המודרנית במזרח אירופה, צמיחתה של היידיש כשפת ספרות מודרנית, קורותיה של התרבות היהודית תחת השלטון הקומוניסטי, השמדתה תחת הכיבוש הנאצי, העלמתה במזרח אירופה לאחר חלוקתה של אירופה ובמלחמה הקרה, ולבסוף – המאבק בין ישראל לתפוצות על מעמד היורש של התרבות היהודית האירופית.
30th Anniversary of the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Centerfor German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History
Pollock B, Kühne J, Seri-Levi N ed. 30th Anniversary of the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Centerfor German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History. (Pollock B, Kühne J, Seri-Levi N).; 2021. Publisher's VersionAbstract

This booklet celebrates the thirty-year anniversary of the FRMRC. It includes extensive interviews with the former directors of the Center, in which they reflect upon their experiences, upon the vision and principles that guided them during their years at the Center, and upon the research that was conducted and the intellectual community that was built during their time at the Center. Following these interviews, the concluding section presents a snapshot of the Center’s research community at present: brief self-portraits of the fellows who have carried out their research and brought the Center to life over the last few years. 

Pollock B, Weidner D, Wiese C ed. Naharaim Pollock B, Weidner D, Wiese C. Journal of German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History [Internet]. 2021;15 (2). Publisher's VersionAbstract

The centerpiece of this issue is a special section devoted to the theme of “Bildung and Therapy: German–Jewish Self-formation.” The papers collected in this special section explore this theme from philosophical, historical, and literary perspectives.


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Special Section: Bildung and Therapy: German-Jewish Self-formation

Yehuda (Yady) Oren
Dogmatism, Criticism, Divine Ideals: Rav A. I. Kook’s Concept of God in Light of H. Cohen

Sabrina Habel
Selbst-Bildungen. The Tradition of Comedy and the Emancipation of German Jews in Carl Sternheim’s The Snob

Yuval Kremnitzer
“To Love the Rest of His Thoughts as Myself” – Translating Mendelssohn’s Singular Bildung

Sara Olga Melinda Yanovsky
Simon Szántó, Nineteenth Century Viennese Writer and Educator: A Study on Integration, Particularism, and the Ideal of Bildung

Inka Sauter
„Ein modernes Verdeutschungs-Unternehmen“. Über die historische Semantik der Buber-Rosenzweig-Bibel

Other Contributions

Eugenio Muinelo Paz
Marx and Rosenzweig on Community and Redemption

Mariusz Kałczewiak
When the “Ostjuden” Returned: Linguistic Continuities in German-Language Writing about Eastern European Jews

Dana Rubinstein & Ynon Wygoda
The Unsung Buber-Leibowitz Coda to the German Jewish Swan Song


Pollock B, Weidner D, Wiese C ed. Naharaim Pollock B, Weidner D, Wiese C. Journal of German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History [Internet]. 2021;15 (1). Publisher's VersionAbstract

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Benjamin Pollock



Special Section: Stéphane Mosès and the Invention of German Jewish Modernity


Gabriel Motzkin

Stéphane Mosès after the Holocaust


Paul Mendes-Flohr

Stéphane Mosès’ Angels


Vivian Liska 

Stéphane Mosès’ Hope


Michal Govrin

Stéphane Mosès – Le Passeur Among the Ruins


Sharon Livne, Irene Aue-Ben-David

A German-Jewish Existence: Stéphane Mosès and the Establishment of German Literature Studies at the Hebrew University


Eckart Goebel

Widerruf: “Revocation” – On Hans Mayer and Stéphane Mosès


Galili Shahar 

Narrentum and Being-Jewish: Kafka and Benjamin


Bernhard Greiner

“This Nothing of a Voice”: Kafka’s Josefine Narrative as a Modern Reflection on Revelation and Language


Eli Schonfeld 

H’arut: A Jewish Reading of Kafka’s In the Penal Colony


Other Contributions


Heidi Stern

Diskurse protestantischer Hebraisten der Frühen Neuzeit über jüdische Kommunikationsformeln


Ori Werdiger 

Addendum: Scholem on Meeting Gordin in Paris in 1946

Das Passagen-Werk: Collected Writings
Benjamin W. Das Passagen-Werk: Collected Writings. 3rd ed.; 2019.Abstract

Hebrew Translation and notes: Nir Ratzkovsky and Roni Hirsch Ratzkovsky

Scientific Editing and introductions: Prof. Yoav Rinon

Contested Heritage: Jewish Cultural Property after 1945
Gallas E, Holzer-Kawalko A, Jessen C, Weiss Y ed. Contested Heritage: Jewish Cultural Property after 1945. (Gallas E, Holzer-Kawalko A, Jessen C, Weiss Y).; 2019. Publisher's VersionAbstract

Contested Heritage: Jewish Cultural Property after 1945" addresses the political and cultural implications of robbery and displacement of the Jewish cultural property during the Second World War. The volume includes seventeen essays, accompanied by newly discovered archival material and illustrations, which address a wide range of topics: from the shifting meaning and character of the objects themselves, the so-called object biographies, their restitution processes after 1945, conflicting ideas about their appropriate location, political interests in their preservation, actors and networks involved in salvage operations, to questions of intellectual and cultural transfer processes revolving around the moving objects and their literary resonances. Thus, it offers a fascinating insight into lesser-known dimensions of the aftermath of the Holocaust and the history of Jews in postwar Europe. 

The volume originates from the Minerva Gentner Symposium Contested German-Jewish Cultural Property after 1945. The Sacred and the Profane that was held in Jerusalem, on September 27-29, 2016, in the framework of research cooperation between the Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center (the Hebrew University of Jerusalem), the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach and the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture in Leipzig.

Weidner D, Pollock B, Wiese C ed. Naharaim Weidner D, Pollock B, Wiese C. Journal of German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History [Internet]. 2019;13 (1-2 (Dec 2019). Publisher's VersionAbstract
Naharaim. Journal of German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History [Internet]. 2018;12 (Issue 1-2 (Nov 2018). Publisher's VersionAbstract

Tangled Heritage: Jewish Publishing Cultures in the Interwar Period Introductory Remarks

Engelhardt, Arndt

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Jüdische Buchkultur in der Weimarer Republik. Der Welt-Verlag, Berlin (1918–1933)

Kilcher, Andreas B.

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To “Fish from the Pearls of the Jewish Spirit”: The Cultural Agenda of the Eschkol Publishing House

Engelhardt, Arndt

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Das Programm der Soncino-Gesellschaft der Freunde des jüdischen Buches

Jensen, Bernhard

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„Spuren“ – Museale Narrative zur jüdischen Buchgeschichte der Zwischenkriegszeit in Deutschland

Jacobs, Stephanie

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Stefan Zweig, Hans Rosenkranz und der J. M. Spaeth-Verlag, Berlin

Litt, Stefan

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​​​​​​​“Anbeten Will Ich Dich, Unverstandener!”: On the Poet-God Relationship in Hedwig Caspari’s Poetry

Koplowitz-Breier, Anat

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​​​​​​​Ein hebräischer Klopstock? Naphtali Herz Wesselys Shirei Tiferet und die Bibel-Epik des 18. Jahrhunderts

Wittler, Kathrin

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​​​​​​​Before the “War of Languages”: Locals, Immigrants and Philanthropists at the Hilfsverein’s Teachers’ Seminar in Jerusalem 1907–1910

Szamet, Miriam

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​​​​​​​A Goy Who Studies Torah. Two Unpublished Sources by Ernst Simon and Gershom Scholem on the Spiritual Legacy of Franz Rosenzweig

Lucca, Enrico / Wygoda, Ynon

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The Dual State- A contribution to the Theory of Dictatorship
Fraenkel E. The Dual State- A contribution to the Theory of Dictatorship.; 2018.Abstract
New Hebrew translation.
Weidner D, Weiss Y, Wiese C ed. Naharaim Weidner D, Weiss Y, Wiese C. Journal of German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History [Internet]. 2017;11 (1-2). Publisher's VersionAbstract


Special Section: Deutsch-israelische Annäherungenin Geisteswissenschaften und Kulturpolitik, Edited by: Irene Aue-Ben-David, Michael Brenner und Kärin Nickelsen

Deutsch-israelische Annäherungen in Geisteswissenschaften und Kulturpolitik
Aue-Ben-David, Irene / Brenner, Michael / Nickelsen, Kärin

The Humanities through the Lens of Migration: Richard Koebner’s Transition from Germany to Jerusalem
Feldhay, Rivka

Reconstruction und Reeducation. Max Horkheimer und die deutsch-israelische Freundschaft, 1948–1973
Lenhard, Philipp

Fundraising and Collaboration: The Hebrew University and the German Question, 1959–1965
Livne, Sharon / Morris-Reich, Amos

Zwischen Ablehnung und Anziehung. Günter Grass und die Anfänge der deutschen Kulturarbeit in Israel, 1967–1971
Grimmeisen, Julie

Kleine Erfolge und große Hindernisse bei der Gründung einer deutschen Abteilung an der Hebräischen Universität Jerusalem
Oesterle, Günter

Zwischen Philologie und Kulturwissenschaften. Zur Konzeption und Gründungsgeschichte des Rosenzweig-Zentrums
Voßkamp, Wilhelm

„Jüdisches Denken in einer Welt ohne Gott“. Stéphane Mosès’ Ort in der deutschsprachigen Geisteswissenschaft und sein Beitrag zur Kulturwissenschaft
Weigel, Sigrid

Other Contributions

„Schicksalsverwandtschaft“? Jean Amérys Fanon-Lektüren über Gewalt, Gegengewalt und Tod
Fiedler, Lutz

Deutsch-jüdisches Gelehrtentum und altjiddische Literatur: Zur Rehabilitierung einer vergessenen Tradition
Elyada, Aya

Weidner D, Weiss Y, Wiese C ed. Naharaim Weidner D, Weiss Y, Wiese C. Journal of German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History [Internet]. 2016;10 (2). Publisher's VersionAbstract


Special Section: Yiddish in German and German-Jewish Culture, Edited by Aya Elyada

Aya Elyada

Early Ashkenazic Poems about the Binding of Isaac
Oren Roman

Yiddish for Spies, or the Secret History of Jewish Literature, Lemberg 1814
Ofer Dynes

From Shtetl to Ghetto: Recognizing Yiddish in the Allgemeine Zeitung des Judentums
Jeffery Grossman

Other Contributions

Re-education of German POWs as a German-Jewish Task: The Case of Adolf Sindler
Yonatan Shilo-Dayan

"Der Jude, der in deutschem Geist macht": Das Hegelbuch Franz Rosenzweigs und seine Wirkung
Roberto Navarrete

Vom Gott der Aufklärung zum Gott der Religion: Franz Rosenzweigs Brief an Rudolf Ehrenberg vom September 1910 und sein Kampf gegen die Geschichte als Theodizee
Enrico Lucca and Roberto Navarrete

Weidner D, Weiss Y, Wiese C ed. Naharaim Weidner D, Weiss Y, Wiese C. Journal of German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History [Internet]. 2016;10 (1). Publisher's VersionAbstract

Special issue: German Orientalism and the Jewish 'Arab Question': On the Study of Arabic Language and Culture in the Jewish Community in Mandatory Palestine

Yfaat Weiss and Yonatan Mendel

Josef Horovitz und die Gründung des Instituts für Arabische und Islamische Studien an der Hebräischen Universität in Jerusalem: ein Orientalisches Seminar für Palästina
Sabine Mangold-Will

Islam in Zion? Yosef Yo'el Rivlin's Translation of the Qur'an and Its Place Within the New Hebrew Culture
Hanan Harif

German Orientalism, Arabic Grammar and the Jewish Education System: The Origins and Effect of Martin Plessner's "Theory of Arabic Grammar"
Yonatan Mendel

A Man of Contention: Martin Plessner (1900–1973) and His Encounters with the Orient
Amit Levy

Other Contributions

"Going together without coming together": "Die Kreatur" (1926–1929) and Why We Should Read German Jewish Journals Differently
Daniel Weidner

A German Island in Israel: Lea Goldberg and Tuvia Rübner's Republic of Letters
Giddon Ticotsky

Appendix: The Correspondence between Lea Goldberg and Tuvia Rübner: Selected Letters

Habima. Eine hebräische Bühne in der Weimarer Republik
Zer-Zion S. Habima. Eine hebräische Bühne in der Weimarer Republik. Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink Verlag; 2016. Publisher's VersionAbstract

Das Buch erforscht die Beziehungsnetzwerke, die die Habima, eine in Moskau gegründete zionistische Theatergruppe, mit der kulturellen und wirtschaftlichen deutsch-jüdischen Elite in Berlin entwickelte.
Die Habima ist vor allem durch ihre heroische Gründungsgeschichte als hebräische Theatergruppe aus Moskau bekannt. 1926 verließ die Habima die sowjetische Hauptstadt, verarmt, kurz vor der Auflösung. Bis 1932 tourte sie in Europa, in Mandatspalästina und in den USA. Berlin wurde vorübergehende Heimstätte der Truppe. Das Buch untersucht, wie sich Mitglieder der deutsch-jüdischen Elite in Berlin – Künstler, Theaterschaffende, zionistische Aktivisten, Intellektuelle, wohlhabende Kaufleute, Industrielle und Bankiers – zu einer Interessengemeinschaft für die Habima zusammenschlossen und die hebräisch-zionistische Theaterkultur gestalteten.

Textual Understanding and Historical Experience. On Peter Szondi
Zepp S. Textual Understanding and Historical Experience. On Peter Szondi. Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink Verlag; 2015. Publisher's VersionAbstract

This volume addresses the nexus between historical experience and philological understanding in the writings of the literary scholar Peter Szondi (1929–1971).
Surveying the breadth and depth of Szondi’s theoretical interests, the volume weaves a comprehensive portrait of this unique thinker. His contribution to the field of Comparative Literature was significant, and in some cases groundbreaking. Bringing together articles by historians, literary scholars and cultural historians, this volume portrays Peter Szondi’s thinking about literature, thereby conveying a sense of the scope and significance of his intellectual interests and achievements, while not neglecting the aspect of biographical and chronological coherence. Peter Szondi’s life and work is presented as intricately intertwined with the philosophical, political, and historical context of the 20th century.

Naharaim 2017
Weidner D, Weiss Y, Wiese C ed. Naharaim Weidner D, Weiss Y, Wiese C. Journal of German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History [Internet]. 2015;9 (1-2). Publisher's VersionAbstract

Daniel Weidner, Yfaat Weiss and Christian Wiese

"Much More than just another Private Collection": The Schocken Library and its Rescue from Nazi Germany in 1935
Stefanie Mahrer

Locating the Jewish Future: The Restoration of Looted Cultural Property in Early Postwar Europe
Elisabeth Gallas

From Breslau to Wrocław: Transfer of the Saraval Collection to Poland and the Restitution of Jewish Cultural Property after WWII
Anna Kawałko

Hannah Arendt (1906–1975)
Gil Rubin

Reading The Magic Mountain in Arizona: Susan Sontag’s Reflections on Thomas Mann
Kai Sina

Two Roads to the Land: A Contiguous Reading of Two Anti-War Novels by Avigdor Hameiri and M. Y. Ben-Gavriêl
Sebastian Schirrmeister

Ein vergessenes Kapitel jüdischer Diplomatie: Richard Lichtheim in den Botschaften Konstantinopels (1913–1917)
Andrea Kirchner

Hebrew, Jewishness, and Love: Translation in Gershom Scholem's Early Work
Caroline Sauter

The Exile of Metaphysics: Adorno and the Language of Political Experience
Asaf Angermann

"Der Ewige" als "Synthese" des Stern. Der Gebrauch des Gottesnamens "der Ewige" bei Franz Rosenzweig
Andreas Losch

Constantin Brunner im Kontext: Ein Intellektueller zwischen Kaiserreich und Exil
Aue-Ben-David I, Lauer G, Stenzel J ed. Constantin Brunner im Kontext: Ein Intellektueller zwischen Kaiserreich und Exil. (Aue-Ben-David I, Lauer G, Stenzel J). Oldenbourg / Jerusalem: De Gruyter / Magnes Press; 2014. Publisher's VersionAbstract

The work of the unconventional German Jewish philosopher and social critic Constantin Brunner (1862–1937) has been recently rediscovered by cultural historians. The essays collected in this volume discuss Brunner’s original theses and their impact on diverse contemporary philosophical and cultural historical settings during the periods of the German Empire, the Weimar Republic, and Brunner’s exile during Nazism.

Review of the book by Hans Joachim Hahn