Coordination Center for the Research of German-Jewish Estates in Israel
In cooperation with the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, sponsored by the Federal Foreign Office
The Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center and the German Literature Archive Marbach are collaborating within the framework of the project “Traces of German-Jewish History.” The goal of this project is to guarantee the conservation, accessibility and scholarly use of significant historical holdings in Israel.
Since 2012, the DLA and the Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center promote research-oriented cataloguing projects at Israeli archives and libraries, such as the Central Zionist Archives, the Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem and the National Library of Israel (NLI). With the help of junior researchers, outstanding archival collections of scholars, writers and intellectuals have been catalogued and can now be studied. Current projects at the NLI focus on unresearched archival holdings pertaining to German-Israeli academic history. The holdings make apparent the influence of the German academic tradition of research and instruction in Israel and the societal role of emigrant German-Jewish scholars in the Jewish-Arabic surroundings of Mandatory Palestine and later in Israel. In 2016 the cooperation was extended by a project funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation, which highlights the Hebrew University's historical archives from 1918 to 1948. The results will be presented in 2018 as part of the University's anniversary.
The project was initiated by Yfaat Weiss (Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center), Marcel Lepper (DLA) and Jürgen Fohrmann (University of Bonn). Stefan Litt (The National Library of Israel), Guy Miron (Schechter Institute Jerusalem) and Yaacov Lozowick (Israel State Archives).