Project News

April 27, 2021 - General

Positive media coverage of our women’s lives exhibition

We are delighted about the extensive and positive article in the Jüdische
Allgemeine. Under the headline „Showing Female Diversity“
Moritz Piechler acknowledges the conception and realization of our current
online exhibition „Women’s Lives“. Read here!

March 16, 2021 - General

Jewish History Compact – The Last Ghetto: Theresienstadt

Our new dossier on Martha Glass initiated the new season “Persecution, Remembrance, Reappraisal” of the podcast Jewish History Compact, jointly produced by IGdJ and MMZ. Listen in (interview in German)!

February 01, 2021 - General

Dossier on the diaries of Martha Glass

On January 31, 2021, the dossier on the diaries of Martha Glass was ceremonially launched. The dossier provides the original diary pages, the transcripts, a detailed introduction as well as a collection of material with further relevant sources and suitable online resources. Additional dossiers will be added in the future.

September 21, 2020 - General

Podcast on the online exhibition “On the Ship”

In “Hafen und Heimat,” the first episode of the new podcast series Jewish History Compact, Sonja Dickow-Rotter and Björn Siegel provide insights into the background, conception and implementation of our current online exhibition “On the Ship – ‘as on another Earth’” (the interview in German).

August 02, 2019 - General

New project staff

Since April 2019, the editorial staff of the Key Documents has been working in a new constellation: During her parental leave, Anna Menny is substituted by Sonja Dickow as project coordinator. And after successfully completing her Master’s degree, Ute Schumacher left the Edition. Her successor as a student assistant is Tabea Henn, who has been supporting the project since May 2019.

March 31, 2019 - General

Historical tours along the traces of the Jewish past in Hamburg with the HistoriaApp by HHU

As part of the online source edition “Key Documents of German-Jewish History”, the Institute for the History of German Jews in Hamburg has developed two tours along the traces of Hamburg’s Jewish past. The entries could partly be taken from the digitized version of the map “Places of Jewish Life and Jewish History in Hamburg.”

The two tours (in German):

Historical tour through Hamburg’s Grindelviertel

On the trail of Jewish heritage – the various stations provide insights into the long and varied Jewish past in the Grindelviertel.

Bicycle tour along the traces of the Jewish past between the Hamburg Neustadt and Altona.

The individual stations of the bicycle tour follow Jewish traces between Hamburger Neustadt and Altona, from the former “Judenbörse” in Elbstraße or the temple in Poolstraße to the Jewish Hospital in today’s Simon-von-Utrecht-Straße and the cemetery at Königstraße.

You can download the app for free at Google Play (Android devices) or in the German Apple App Store.

December 11, 2018 - General

New members of the Advisory Board

We are pleased to welcome two new members to our advisory board: Dr. Henning Borggräfe, Head of Research and Education at the International Tracing Service, Bad Arolsen, and Stefan Wilbricht, KZ-Gedenkstätte Neuengamme, project “Documentation Center denk.mal Hannoverscher Bahnhof”.

April 13, 2018 - Obituary

Reinhard Rürup (1934-2018)

Reinhard Rürup passed away last Friday, April 6, 2018, at the age of 83. We are deeply saddened by this loss. Reinhard Rürup has critically accompanied and actively supported the project from the very beginning as a member ouf our advisory board . We thank him for his great commitment and hope that we can continue to live up to the confidence he has placed in our project. He will leave a big gap as a scholar and as a human being.


March 07, 2018 - Presentation

Poster session at the DHd 2018

Anna Menny and Daniel Burckhardt presented the key document edition with a poster at the annual conference of digital humanities in the German-speaking countries in Cologne.

We would like to thank Sandra Morath from edelweiss* büro für grafik und design for the excellent graphic design.

November 30, 2017 - General

New Section: Presentations and Publications

Under About this edition > Presentations and Publications you will now find an up-todate compilation of lectures, publications and reviews about the Key Documents Edition.

October 19, 2017 - Obituary

Annette Haller (1958–2017)

Annette Haller died on September 16th far too early. Annette Haller has been an active member of the advisory board of our key documents edition from the first moment on, and has always been at our disposal for discussions. We would like to thank her for this important support. We will miss her qualified advice and kindness. We are deeply affected by her loss.

The obituary of the Germania Judaica can be found at

September 19, 2017 - Presentation

Key Documents for Teachers

On September 15 the „Key Documents“-Edition was presented during the conference „German-Jewish history – research and education“ at the training center for teachers in Hamburg (Landesinstitut für Lehrerbildung und Schulentwicklung Hamburg). The workshop participants were highly interested.

June 19, 2017 - General

@keydocuments now on Twitter

We are now on Twitter! Follow @keydocuments for new sources and interpretations.

May 23, 2017 - Presentation

Visiting Rostock

Key Documents were present at the conference „Correspondences and Estates around 1800 – Development, digital edition and scientific evaluation.“ Daniel Burckhardt presented the project to the conference participants under the title „Key Documents of German-Jewish History: an online source edition that wants to be read.“

December 15, 2016 - Publication

Key Documents in the Archives Journal of the State Archive

The new edition of the Archivjournal of the Hamburg State Archive has just been published, including a short project presentation of the key documents edition. The State Archive is an important cooperation partner since a large part of the sources of Hamburg’s Jewish history are preserved there.