Project News

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.

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.

November 25, 2016 - Presentation

Workshop Digital Humanities

At the workshop organized by the Max Weber Foundation, Daniel Burckhardt presented the technical concept of the key documents edition focussing on infrastructure, processes and TEI markup.

September 21, 2016 - Presentation

Key Documents at Historikertag

The 51st Biennal Meeting of German Historians in Hamburg offered numerous opportunities to present the online source edition to an interested public. Daniel Burckhardt and Nina Zellerhoff presented the key documents edition at the poster session of the AG Digital History.

August 07, 2016 - General

On the occasion of its 50th birthday: The IGDJ goes digital

Launch of the digital anniversary project and reception

Thursday, 22.09.2016 18:00 to 21:00

The Institute for the History of German Jews (IGDJ) turns 50! On this occasion, the institute presents itself and its digital jubilee project „Key Documents of German-Jewish History“. The online edition virtually reunites the Jewish heritage of the city, which is scattered throughout the world due to migration and persecution, making it accessible to the whole world and preserving it for future generations. You are welcome to join this launch followed by a reception. At the same time, this is an opportunity to view an exhibition on research on Nazi looted books carried out by the IGDJ and the Stabi.

Location: Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg, Lichthof, entrance Edmund-Siemers-Allee / corner Grindelallee

February 08, 2016 - Presentation

A source edition in a balancing act between Public History and research infrastructures

Daniel Burckhardt and Miriam Rürup presented the key documents at the conference „Digital History Science – new tools for new questions?“ organized by the CLARIN-D special interest group „Modern and Contemporary History“ in Berlin on February 8 and 9, 2016.

January 07, 2016 - General

Interview with Thomas Fache and Dr. Anna Menny on L.I.S.A.

In its latest edition, the online periodical „Medaon – magazine for Jewish life in research and education“ has dealt with the importance of digitization for Jewish history. On this occasion, L.I.S.A. interviewed the editors Thomas Fache and Dr. Anna Menny about „Medaon“ as a whole and the issues raised in this focus issue on digitization. What specific possibilities does the digital age offer with regard to researching Jewish history? Which topics and approaches are made possible? How does networking work? And what role does the online magazine „Medaon“ play?