Russian Jews in Germany 20th and 21st centuries

Russian Jews in Germany 20th and 21st centuries

Raphael Gross (Director of the Leo Baeck Institute, London and the Centre for German-Jewish Studies, University of Sussex); Yfaat Weiss (Director of the Bucerius Institute for Research of Contemporary German History and Society, Haifa); Leo Baeck Institute London, Bucerius Institute, Haifa, Centre for German-Jewish Studies, Sussex University
University of Sussex
United Kingdom
From - Until
13.12.2004 - 14.12.2004
Raphael Gross

International Conference on Russian Jews in Germany in the 20th and 21st centuries

Throughout the 20th century the different German states from the Weimar Republic to contemporary Germany occupied a unique position at the border between Eastern and Western Europe and could thus provide discursive spaces for negotiating Jewish identities between Westjuden and Ostjuden and between Jews and Gentiles.

The conference will focus on the two time periods most significant for Russian-Jewish immigration to Germany:
- the Weimar Republic as a centre for Russian-Jewish Yiddish and Hebrew writing and culture
- post-1989 Germany and the immigration of Jews from the former Soviet Union


Monday 13th December 2004

15:00 – 15:30 Welcome Address

Richard Whatmore/ Head of Department (History), University of Sussex

Yfaat Weiss/ Director of the Bucerius Institute for Research of Contemporary German History and Society, Haifa

Raphael Gross/ Director of the Leo Baeck Institute, London and the Centre for German-Jewish Studies, University of Sussex

15: 30 - 16:30 The New Golem and the Russian Jew in Germany Today

Harriet Murav/ Head, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Professor, Comparative Literature, University of Illinois

16:30 -17:00 TEA, Lounge

17:00 -18:00 Russian Jewish Authors in Germany After 1989: Between ‘Russendisko’ and the ‘Jewish Peninsula’; The Different Artistic and ‘Lebensweltliche’ Concepts of Wladimir Kaminer and Oleg Jurev

Olaf Terpitz/ Centre for Advanced Studies, University of Leipzig and Bucerius Institute, Haifa University

Chair: Stella Rock/ University of Sussex

18:00 -19:00 Young Russian Jewish Immigrants in Berlin – the Process of Adaptation and Acculturation over time

Yvonne Schûtze/ Professor, Humboldt University Berlin

Chair: Nils Roemer/ University of Southampton, School of Humanities- (History)

19:00 DINNER, conference centre

Tuesday 14th December 2004

9:00 -10:00 Jewish immigrants from the FSU in Germany and Israel: Demographic and Socio-Economic Characteristics

Yinon Cohen/ Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Department of Labor Studies, Tel Aviv University

Paper co-authored with Irena Kogan, University of Mannheim.

Chair: Andrea Hammel/ University of Sussex

10:00 -10:30 COFFEE, Lounge

10:30 - 11:30 Coping with ‘Capitalism’: How Jewish Immigrants from the Former Soviet Union in Israel and Germany experience and interpret their new Societies

Julia Bernstein/ Ph.D. student, Department of sociology, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main

11:30 - 12:30 Historical Responsibility’ vs. ‘Freedom’- A Comparative study of Settlement Patterns among Soviet Jewish Migrants in Berlin and Chicago

Victoria Hegner/ Ph.D. candidate, Humboldt University Berlin

Chair: Irena Kogan/ University of Mannheim.

12:30 -13:30 LUNCH, Lounge

13:30 -14:30 ‘We live in Germany, but our heart is in Israel’: Identity Seeking and Cultural Preservation among the participants of Nash Dom Club in Köln

Nelly Elias/ Department of Mass Communication, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Sapir Academic College

14:30 -15:30 The Dawn of a New Diaspora: Simon Dubnovs Autonomism from St. Petersburg to Berlin

Simon Rabinovitch/ Ph.D. Candidate, Brandeis University

Chair: Rudolf Muhs/ Lecturer in European History, Dept. of History, Royal Holloway, University of London

15:30 Closing comments

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