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Silja Behre

Dr. Silja Behre

Research Fellow 2016-17

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CV

Silja Behre received a PhD in History from Bielefeld University and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) Paris. Her dissertation on the memory struggles of the 68 movement in Germany and France will be published in July 2016 under the title “Bewegte Erinnerung. Deutungskämpfe um 1968 in deutsch-französischer Perspektive” (Mohr Siebeck Verlag Tübingen). Silja was a research assistant at the Collaborative Research Center “The Political as Communicative Space in History” at Bielefeld University (2008-2012) and a DAAD-Lecturer in Paris (2012-2014). She also received fellowships by the Deutsche Literaturarchiv Marbach and the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology (BGHS) at Bielefeld University. Her current project focuses on the intellectual biography of the German-Israeli scholar Jochanan Bloch. Silja specializes in the field of transnational intellectual history, memory studies and the history of social movements. She also published articles on subjects of popular culture and gender history.
During the academic year 2016/2017, Silja will be a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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Roy Ben Shai

Research Fellow 2008-9
rbenshai@sarahlawrence.edu
545 Prospect Pl Apt 10N

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Current Affiliation or Position: Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Sarah Lawrence College.

Current Research Project: Critique/Emancipation/Revolt: Orientations in Critical Thinking: a book project.

Roy Ben Shai was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Rosenzweig Center from October 2008 to June 2009. His research topic was "Moral Pathology: The Philosophy of Jean Améry".

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Michal Ben-Horin

Research Fellow 2004-5

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Michal Ben-Horin was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Rosenzweig Center from January to September 2004 and from January to September 2005. Her research topic was titled "Schoenberg: Music and Memory".

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Noah Benninga

Research Fellow 2011

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Noha Benninga was a Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Doctoral Fellow in 2011. His research project was titled "Materiality at the Zero Degree: The Material Culture of Prisoners in Auschwitz".

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Dr. Alin-Valeriu Bontas

Research Fellow 2005-6

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Alin-Valeriu Bontas was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Rosenzweig Center from January 2005 to June 2006. His research topic was "Franz Rosenzweig: Turning-point in Modern Philosophy". The project has been concluded and published in April 2011.

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Dr. Heike Breitenbach

Research Fellow 2001-4
heike.breitenbach@gmail.com; h.breitenbach@em.uni-frankfurt.de
P.O.B. 51128, Nazareth 16466

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Current Affiliation or Position: Associate Fellow of the LOEWE research priority Religious Positioning
Goethe University Frankfurt am Main.

Current Research Project: In Dialogue with Arts: Poetry, Literature, Theater and Arts in light of Martin Buber’s Correspondence (working title), Edition of the dramatic work of Theodor Herzl.

Heike Breitenbach was a Minerva Research Fellow at the Rosenzweig Centre from June 2001 to May 2004. Her topic was "Jewish Worlds in 'Joseph and his Brothers' by Thomas Mann".

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Vera Bronn

Vera Bronn

Research Fellow 2015-16

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Research Project

A significant number of influential scholars of Jewish- and of Holocaust history have published autobiographies which are accounts of their experiences as Jews of the early twentieth century in Europe: George L. Mosse, Saul Friedländer, Walter Laqueur, Georg G. Iggers, Peter Gay, Herbert A. Strauss, Fritz Stern, Raul Hilberg, Gerda Lerner, Lucy Dawidowicz, Nechama Tec, Otto Dov Kulka, Jacob Katz, Avraham Barkai, Eric Hobsbawm, Susan Groag Bell, Evyatar Friesel, Felix Gilbert, Léon Poliakov, Dan Vittorio Segre, Pierre Vidal-Naquet, and many more. Even though they have been referred to here and there, these autobiographies have to date not been adequately studied.

Such neglect is rather surprising given the analytical potential of such texts for discussing the questions of the relationship of history and memory in the writing of history. Moreover, since the experience of the Holocaust is part of all of these historians’ lives, its narrative integration and conceptual classification in their autobiographical writing may offer a hitherto unnoticed perspective on one of the central intellectual challenges of post-Holocaust Jewish existence – the question of how to comprehend the rupture in Jewish history that the Shoah denotes.

The objective of Vera's dissertation is to describe how individual historians in specific scholarly and academic environments conceptualized rupture and/or continuity in twentieth century history. Since the question of continuity/unity and rupture is one that is inherent in the theory and philosophy of history itself, it will be possible to understand better which concepts of scholarship and history underlie these prominent historians’ works. After all, these same imminent works continue to influence students and scholars of Jewish and European history to this day.

Selected Publications

- “Herbert A. Strauss’s Über dem Abgrund. Inquiries into the History, Narratology, and Poetics of a Jewish Historian’s Autobiography,” Naharaim 8 (2014), 142–168.

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Michael Cidor

Michael Cidor

Researcher

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Michael Cidor is a graduate in architecture from the Betzalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem. Between the years 2013-2015 he worked at the Zionist Central Archives, cataloging and organizing the collections of architects Richard Kauffmann and David Reznik, and produced an exhibition and a printed catalog for Kauffmann. From 2015 he is working together with a team of researchers and writers, led by Professor Zvi Efrat, on a book and an exhibition on the work of Kauffmann as the main figure in Zionist spatial planning. From 2016 he works as leading researcher in the National Library’s joint project with the Jerusalem and Heritage Ministry titled "Visual Culture and the Performing Arts" in which he is in charge of evaluating, cataloging and digitizing architecture collections. In the framework of Traces and Treasures of German Jewish History Michael is cataloging the papers of Shalom Reichman.

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