State – Society – Nation:
The Jewish vision of the integrative society in 19th
- and its present and future implications.
June 2005 – December 2006
Only recently have the
Salomon Ludwig Steinheim-Institute for Jewish Studies and the Duisburg
Institute for Linguistic and Social Research (DISS) launched a joint
research project to study the vision of an integrative society, put forward
by numerous German-Jewish writers in 19th century Germany. The project is
sponsored by the Ministry of Research and Education of North
Rhine-Westphalia with the backing of the University of Duisburg-Essen.
Applying historical discourse analysis the research will focus on essays and
rejoinders published by German-Jewish authors in separate prints and
brochures. The years between 1848 and 1871 have been chosen as an exemplary
period to study the perspective on state, society, and nation conveyed by
German-Jewish authors, who all too frequently had to take up positions that
opposed the fabric of Christian, nationalistic, and anti-Jewish rhetoric.
The project is expected to produce a variety of new historiographic
evidence. Its primary objective, though, is to understand the
German-Jewish discourse on integration, tolerance and (German) identity in
19th century Germany as a conceptual debate that bears an impact on
present-day and future German society.
Technical aspects of the project are also innovative, as it will add
transparency to the publications of the period most of which were printed in
gothic (i.e. 'broken') characters. In addition, many of the 280 prints and
brochures singled out so far as a dossier have been found in international
libraries as single copies only, far too often in poor condition.
Thus, using digitization and OCR-procedures will not only be a precondition
to apply discourse analysis to extensive text material but also a way to
save a valuable heritage contributed by German Jewry to the German and
European intellectual and social tradition by producing online and printed
full-text versions of part of the project's dossier.
Kirche und Synagoge:
Die Dresdner Frauenkirche sollte ein Mahnmal bleiben
Das Duisburger Institut für Sprach- und Sozialforschung erinnert aus
Anlass der Einweihung der Dresdner Frauenkirche an die Entstehung der
jüdischen Gemeinde in Dresden und an die Jahre der Erbauung der
Semper-Synagoge zwischen 1838 und 1840, eines Kleinods, das in der
Reichspogromnacht vom 9. auf den 10. November 1938 in Flammen aufging...