Shared Histories: Germans and Jews in Eastern Europe – Aspects of a Historical Entanglement

Germans as well as Jews have lived in Eastern Europe as minorities for centuries. They both look back to a long history of conflict and cooperation with other peoples. Their historical experiences in Eastern Europe to some extent have been parallel ones and to some extent conflicting ones. The history of these two minority or diaspora groups could even be termed a shared or entangled history. The holocaust, of course, has contaminated the memory of this history. It is the aim of the contributions to the thematic dossier “Germans and Jews in Eastern Europe – Aspects of a Historical Entanglement” to reflect about the historical experiences of German and Jewish life in the midst of populations who in the most cases spoke other languages and shared other beliefs.

On one hand the thematic dossier will provide critical appraisals of German as well as Jewish history in Eastern Europe. Particularly German-Jewish entanglements and parallelisms will be in the focus. On the other hand, documents of the history of both minorities will be shared with a wider public. The thematic dossier aims to reach the public spheres who were concerned with the German and the Jewish heritage from Eastern Europe, particularly in Israel, North American and Europe. The meaning of the historical experience of Germans and Jews from Eastern Europe in an age of global migration and communication, therefore, will be highlighted by the thematic dossier.

The Bavarian State Library, Munich supports the thematic dossier with the necessary technical infrastructure and digital copies of important documents.


International Workshop “Function and Meaning of Virtual Thematic Portals for Historiography and Public History”

On May 23rd–May 24th 2019 the international Workshop “Function and Meaning of Virtual Thematic Portals for Historiography and Public History” took place at the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies in Munich.

You can find the video of the keynote-speech here: Prof. Gerhard Lauer: Old Wine in Digital Bottles? Achievements and Challenges for Textual Oriented Humanities.


The program of the workshop is available here:

German Version

English Version



Tobias Grill (Ed.) Jews and Germans in Eastern Europe. Shared and Comparative Histories, Berlin, Boston: DeGruyter, Oldenbourg 2018 (New Perspectives on Modern Jewish History; 8).



"Die Juden", in:  Johann Georg Kohl: Die Völker Europa’s. Mit Vignetten und Farbdrucktafeln. Hamburg 1868, S. 91 © BSB