This online source edition published by the Institute for the History of German Jews uses a selection of sources, so-called key documents, to thematically highlight central aspects in Hamburg’s Jewish history from the early modern age to the present.

Transcripts as well as digital facsimiles are provided for all sources, which are placed in historical context by interpretations and background information. The source material is further enriched by information on its provenance, historical responses to it, and scholarly controversies. All content is provided in both German and English.

The target audience for this source edition is college students, researchers and teachers, as well as the interested public and high school students. It covers a spectrum ranging from more general, introductory texts to those developing their argument by a close study of the source, and it offers different ways of approaching the texts – through a timeline, a specific topic or a map. The project is supported by an advisory board consisting of renowned scholars of German-Jewish history and experts in the field of digitization.

The online edition has been receiving funding from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft since July 2015.

Additional information about this edition...

On Board the Ship: “as on another Earth”

The sixth online exhibition focuses on ships and the experiences of three individuals from Hamburg with this maritime space.

Children’s Worlds – New Perspectives on the History of Jewish School Life in Hamburg

Our fifth online exhibit, which has been realized in cooperation with the Israelitische Töchterschule Memorial and Educational Center, aims to illuminate the children’s worlds of the former Jewish schools in Hamburg.

(Hi)stories in Images – Jewish Private Photography in the 20th Century

In our fourth online exhibit presented as part of our edition of key documents, we highlight Jewish Private Photography in the 20th Century.