New Database German Refugee Rabbis in the United States, 1933-1990 #germany



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"We are pleased to announce the publication of the online Digital
Humanities Database "German Refugee Rabbis in the United States,
1933-1990" ( /). It was a research
cooperation between Dr. Cornelia Wilhelm of the Department of Jewish
History and Culture, the Center for Digital Humanities at
Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. Muenchen and the Goldstein Goren Center
for American Jewish History at NYU and was funded by Deutsche
Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).

The innovative online research tool illuminates and traces the
transnational biographies, migration paths and careers of over 230
German refugee rabbis, who fled Nazi Germany after 1933. They were
able to continue their careers in the United States thanks to a joint
emergency rescue, organized by their American colleagues at Hebrew
Union College-JIR, the Jewish Theological Seminary, Yeshiva University
and Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore. It also documents
library and archival materials related to the transnational
biographies of the refugees with digitized sources, such as the
archival materials of the LBI. While the refugee rabbis seriously
impacted American Jewish History with their background and
experiences, and intensely spoke up for civil rights, interfaith
dialogue and a discourse on human relations, a number of them returned
to the country of their birth after 1945. Their returns opened up a
unique discourse and reflections on a shared past, history and memory,
which has allowed the establishment of a Jewish School of Theology at
a German University."
Best Regards,
Gershon S. Lehrer, gershon.lehrer@...

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