The LMU-NYU Research Cooperation, LMU’s Department of Jewish History and Culture, LMU’s Open Science Center, the Goldstein Goren Center for American Jewish History and Deutsches Haus at NYU present a public presentation of the DFG funded project “German Refugee Rabbis in the United States 1933–1990.”
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The research project “Trials and Transmission: Mapping the Legacy of the German Refugee Rabbinate” focuses on the creation of a digital prosopographic research portal exploring the cultural heritage and legacies of the German refugee rabbinate (over 250 refugee rabbis) in the United States. The aim is to present an analytic and communicative digital research tool including a digital edition of articles on these individuals discussing the agency this group gained in the definition of their heritage and legacy after 1945. Besides persecution, flight, exile, and post-exile the database will allow to visualize this refugee group as a whole, as individuals, or as collective according to specific criteria, such as region of birth, religious affiliation, political activity, etc. As a research tool, it will be able to analyze the mobility of the group, the destruction of their intellectual centers, and their reestablishment after emigration. The portal will provide a meta-structure to stimulate further research on this group and will find a permanent home and continuous maintenance at LMU Munich.
The DFG funded project German Refugee Rabbis in the United States 1933–1990 traces migration paths and careers of German rabbis who fled to the United States from Nazi Germany after 1933. It seeks to explore their impact on American Judaism, American Jewish communities and their travels or returns to post-war Germany. It also makes available resources for further research on this group on both sides of the Atlantic.
The event is organized by the LMU-NYU Research Cooperation and is co-sponsored by the Leo Baeck Institute in New York, the Wissenschaftliche Arbeitsgemeinschaft des LBI, and the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati. Additional support is provided by NYU's Department of German.