Juda Jeitteles and Juda Leib Ben Ze'eb as Exegetes of the Elightenment Era
Juda Jeitteles (1773-1838) und Juda Leib ben Ze’eb (1764-1811) were Jewish Enlightenment philosophers in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. Under the title Kitve Qodesh (Holy Scriptures) they translated texts from the Hebrew Bible into German, including a modern commentary for a Jewish readership. The project analyzes the exegetical works of those nowadays widely forgotten thinkers and sheds new light on the Jewish Enlightenment in Bohemia and Austria at the beginning of the 19th century.
conduct: apl. Prof. Christoph Schulte, PhD (Universität Potsdam), Prof. Hannes Bezzel, PhD (Universität Jena)
project staff: Louise Hecht, PhD, and Grit Schorch, PhD
The project is funded by the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) from 2016-2018 totalling 252.750 €.
The online project Jewish Cementaries in Brandenburg documents the Jewish Cementaries in the federal state of Brandenburg, with the goal of a comprehensive documentation of all those cementaries. The documented cementaries are accessible to the public on the project's website and database, which is continuously expanded.
A brochure about the Jewish cementary in Potsdam was published by the university press: „Spurensuche auf dem Jüdischen Friedhof Potsdam. Eine Handreichung für den Unterricht“. It's the result of a project, that was sponsored in 2015&2016 by the foundation „Erinnerung, Verantwortung und Zukunft“. It gave pupils of the Humboldt-Gymnasium in Potsdam the opportunity to learn about the Jewish heritage of their city.
The book is available via book trade, as well as free download on the publication server of Potsdam University.
Since September 2016 Prof. Corina L. Petrescu is researching the history, aesthetics, programs, actors and performance practice of the Yiddish State Theater in Bucharest after World War II. The project is funded by a research grant of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Within the scope of this project Prof. Petrescu examines the Bercovici Collection of the Potsdam University Library. This collection includes 3000 volumes on Yiddish theater, poetry and prose. The Yiddish poet Israil Bercovici (1921-1988), who privately compiled the collection, was the longstanding director of the Yiddish State Theater in Bucharest in the time of the Ceaucescu dictatorship. His library is a unique source for the history of Yiddish theater, not only in Romania.
Prof. Corina L. Petrescu is Associate Professor of German at the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Mississippi. Focus areas of her research are National Socialism, the portrayal of the year 1968 in German and Romanian literature, German-Jewish relationships since the 18th century and East European Yiddish theater.
Provenance resarch at the Potsdam university library
From 2014 until summer 2018 the research project examines Judaica in the collection of the Potsdam University Library in order to determine the provenance of books, that were potentially looted by the Nazis. More information can be found on the project's website, here.
Several books have already been returned to the descendants of their former owners. One of this restitutions even made it into The Jerusalem Post. To the article
The research group »…Oder jüdisch?« emerged in 2011 from the research project frankfurt-oder-juedisch, which was concerned with the Jewish history of the town Frankfurt, which lies at the Oder river. The project was organized within the scope of the modul "academic practice" of the Jewish studies master degree course. In 2012 the area of research was extended on Jewish communities in the German-Polish borderland.
The project looks back on and reappraises Jewish history in the Oder-Neisse borderland, while conceiving Jewish history as an integrative part of European history. The project's website can be found here (in German).
haskala.net is an open academic project, that provides information about the Haskalah, the Jewish Enlightenment philosophers of the 18th and 19th century and their writings. The website of this project haskala.net is run by a group of researchers at the University of Potsdam.
haskala.net is provided openly for academic research and teaching, as well as for the interessted public.
Haskala.net presents research findings of projects at the University of Potsdam, which are fundet by the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the German Research Foundation, the German-Israeli Foundation, as well as the Minister of State for Culture and Media of the Republic of Germany. Get to the page of haskala.net.