Team

    The Key Documents Edition is published by the Institute for the History of German Jews in Hamburg (IGdJ) and maintained by the project team there. In addition, it is part of a larger online portal on Jewish history planned jointly by the IGdJ and the Moses Mendelssohn Center for European Jewish Studies (MMZ). This portal, located at the MMZ and for which further information will soon be made available via the URL jewish-history-online.net, will complement the Key Documents Edition as a central module with further offerings.

    Key Documents Edition (IGdJ)


    Dr. Sonja Dickow-Rotter (Project staff)

    Sonja Dickow has been a Research Associate at the Institute for the History of the German Jews since April 2019, and coordinated the online source edition during Anna Menny’s parental leave. In addition to her research on Jewish literature, spatial concepts, and exile in literature, she has also worked in archives and the cultural sector.

    Dr. Anna Menny (Project coordinator)

    Dr. Menny has been a Research Associate at the Institute for the History of the German Jews since 2012, and coordinates the online source edition. Her research work deals with Jewish-Spanish history, and questions pertaining to the culture of memory and the Digital Humanities.

    Tabea Henn (Student assistant)

    She studies history at the University of Hamburg and writes her bachelor thesis on the mother-daughter relationship of the Hamburg Jew Else Kurzbart. Her research interests are: Jewish history, everyday history, and emigration during National Socialism.

    Portal Jewish History Online (IGdJ/MMZ)


    Daniel Burckhardt, M.A. (MMZ, Technology)

    Mr. Burckhardt has been as Research Associate at the Moses Mendelssohn Center for European Jewish Studies in Potsdam since 2021 where he is responsible for the technical development of the planned portal “Jewish History Online”. Previously he worked the Institute for the History of German Jews, where was the technical lead for the Key Documents Edition. Daniel Burckhardt studied in Zürich and Berlin and has worked as a Research Associate at the Institute for the Historical Sciences, Humboldt University Berlin, at the Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam (ZZF) and at the German Historical Institute Washington DC. In addition, he is a member of the editorial board and Steering Committee of H-Soz-Kult based at Humboldt University.

    Dr. Anna Menny (Coordinator)

    See above

    Prof. Dr. Miriam Rürup (MMZ, Director)

    Prof. Dr. Rürup has been the Director of the Moses Mendelssohn Center for European Jewish Studies in Potsdam since 2020. In this capacity, she is leading the conceptual design and development of the planned portal “Jewish History Online”. Before, she was the director of the Institute for the History of the German Jews. She is the initiator and conceptual editor of the Key Documents Edition and headed the project from 2012 to the end of 2020. Her research deals with German-Jewish history, contemporary history, the history of National Socialism, the politics of commemoration, gender history, and from the area of her habilitation thesis, especially the history of migration, citizenship and statelessness.

    Former Staff of the Key Documents Edition


    Dr. Inka Le-Huu (Editorial team)

    Dr. Le-Huu has been a Research Associate at the Institute for the History of the German Jews from 2014 until 2016. She was awarded a grant from the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes) and is Lecturer in Public History in the Department of History at the University of Hamburg. Her research deals with German-Jewish history in the 19th century and local history in Hamburg.

    Nina Zellerhoff, M.A. (Editorial team)

    Ms. Zellerhoff has been a Research Associate at the Institute for the History of the German Jews from 2016 until 2017. Her research work deals with the initializing and establishment of memorial sites, questions pertaining to the culture of memory and the future of commemoration. Her research interests center on German-Jewish contemporary history, the history of National Socialism and the Digital Humanities.

    Renée Grothkopf

    She is a student majoring in sociology and history at the University of Hamburg. Her research interests center on studies in anti-Semitism, economic critique and gender studies.

    Clara Hestermann, B.A.


    Ms. Hestermann received a degree in history and political science at the University of Hamburg. Her research interests center on Jewish history, European history of the 20th century and history of the Near East.

    Jan Kawlath, M.A.

    He received a degree in history and philosophy at the University of Hamburg. His research interests lie in German colonial history, genocide research and post-colonialism.

    Sebastian Merkel, M.A.

    He received a degree in history at the University of Hamburg. Mr. Merkel’s research interests center on the history of internment camps and violence in the 20th century, youth (sub)cultures and German contemporary history.

    Ute Schumacher, M.A.

    She received a degree in cultural anthropology at the University of Hamburg. Her research interests center on the history of Shoah, visual culture, urban anthropology, gender studies.

    Irina Troitskaya, B.A.

    She studies history and politics at the University of Hamburg. Her research interests are: Eastern European History (History of the Soviet Union), European History in 20th century, especially Nationalsocialism and culture of remembrance in Western and Eastern Europe.

    Esther Yen, B.A.

    She studies Islamic studies at Hamburg University. Her research interests are: the history of Islam in Germany, reform movements in the Middle East, memorial sites and remembrance policy.

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