Conferens at Greifswald about antisemitism in Skandinavien, FJS is a co-organizer.
Greifswald, Germany, 5–7 February 2018, program


Uppsala November 5-7 2014
Organized by: The Moses Mendelssohn Center for European-Jewish Studies
, University of Potsdam, The Forum for Jewish studies, Uppsala University (for more information, scroll down).
and Paideia – The European Institute of Jewish Studies in Sweden
in cooperation with the Hugo Valentin Centre, Uppsala University

Ever since Aaron Isaac from Treuenbrietzen in Brandenburg in the 1770s became the first Jew to be allowed to settle in Stockholm without converting to Evangelical Lutheranism, there has been close contacts between Swedish and German Jewry. German Jews have both migrated and, during the Nazi era, fled to Sweden and in many ways contributed to Swedish cultural and economic life. Swedish Jews have found both spouses and religious and ideological inspiration in Germany and Swedish and German Jews have created commercial as well as intellectual networks binding the two countries together.

Our international interdisciplinary conference in Uppsala November 5–7 2014, aims to explore the conditions for and consequences of this interrelationship for Swedish and German Jewry and for the Swedish and German societies, from the 18th century and until today. Special attention will be given to the German-Jewish exile in Sweden, to the obstacles faced by those fleeing Nazi persecution and in general to the destiny and role of the German-Jewish expatriates during the 1930s and 1940s and thereafter.

Directors and organizers: Prof. Dr. Julius H. Schoeps MMZ, Dr. Olaf Glöckner MMZ, Dr. Lars M Andersson FJS, Dr. Lena Roos FJS, Natalie Lantz FJS, Noa Hermele Paideia

Document from the conference

Conferense volyme

Photos and exhibition

English German
Jüdische Allgemeine
Article in Jüdische Allgemeine by Katharina Schmidt-Hirschfelder about the the conference. (in German).

Introduction Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum Potsdam
The Moses Mendelssohn Centre for European Jewish Studies (MMZ) is an interdisciplinary research center, associated with the University of Potsdam and founded in 1992.

It mainly deals with Jewish history, religion, culture and intellectualism, first of all in European countries. Special emphasis is placed on the historical relationship between Jews and their non-Jewish environment, at local places, in Germany and beyond. Additional fields of research are anti-Semitism, history and present of Israel, sociology of Judaism and Jewish migration.

The MMZ delineates Jews and Jewry as an integral part of European history and culture, and works to counter a distorted image of Jews and Jewry by actively cooperating with the media, organizing appropriate educational activities and running specific exhibition in Germany and abroad (as for example on the Dreyfus-Trial in Paris; Theodor Herzl’s visions of a Jewish State; the history of Jewish Medicine in Berlin and the classic European literature in Jiddish translations)

Each year, the Moses Mendelssohn Center conducts 2-3 scientific conferences, dealing with topics of Jewish history and present, often applying an international focus – as for example the long term project “German Jewish Cultural Heritage worldwide”.

The MMZ currently runs two PhD student programs, the “Walter Rathenau Kolleg für die Freitheit” and the “Ludwig Rosenberg Kolleg”.

Cooperation partners of the MMZ are, among others, the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry, the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR) in London, and the Department of Religious Studies at Duke University, Durham (USA).

The library of the MMZ contains about 70.000 volumes, including research literature on Jewish history, literature, religion, Zionism, Holocaust, Jewish Life after 1945, inheritances of Jewish Intellectuals, encyclopedias and dozens of scientific journals

The MMZ is offering scientific publications each year, many of the published volumes appear in special series in cooperation with de Gruyter Publishing house.