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Ha-Mekomot: Juden, Polen, Deutsche. Orte des Erinnerns und des Vergessens. Projektskizze

Igor Kąkolewski, Małgorzata A. Quinkenstein

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Ha-Mekomot: Jews – Poles – Germans – Realms of Memory and Oblivion. Project outline


A new project at the Centre for Historical Research in Berlin of the Polish Academy of Sciences will focus on Jewish history and the culture of memory as phenomena that are indispensable for a better understanding of substantial contents and important layers of European culture. For an accurate perception of Jewish culture and its impact on European civilization it seems necessary to distinguish certain overlapping perspectives: the inherently Jewish perspective, i. e. the way Jews perceived their own world and legacy, along with two external perspectives i. e. the way Jews perceived the non-Jewish environment and vice versa – the way non-Jews perceived their Jewish neighbors. The continuity and change in the development of the Ashkenasim diaspora and its traditions from the Middle Ages to the beginning of the 20th century in Poland and Germany indicate substantial asymmetries, which were increasingly accentuated after 1945 as a result of the Holocaust and the destruction of Central-European Jewry during the Second World War. Reminding readers of the central contents and main elements of the “forgotten” Jewish legacy and its culture of memory in Poland and Germany is the project’s most important goal.


Bibliographie: Kąkolewski, Igor/Quinkenstein, Małgorzata A.: Ha-Mekomot: Juden, Polen, Deutsche. Orte des Erinnerns und des Vergessens. Projektskizze, JB historie, 1-2016, S. 89-92.