Research Projects


The permanent faculty members and researchers at the Koebner Minerva Center conduct their individual research (see the individual sections of fellows (People) on the site). The following section refers to larger joint research project conducted under the umbrella of the Koebner Minerva Center.

The main current projects are:

1) “National Jewish Youth Culture and Zionist Education in Germany and Palestine between the World Wars” („Nationaljüdische Jugendkultur und zionistische Erziehung in Deutschland und Palästina zwischen den Weltkriegen”; - funded by the DFG; period: July 2018 - June 2021; PIs: Prof. Ofer Ashkenazi, HUJI;  Prof. Ulrike Pilarczyk, TU Braunschweig (Institut für Erziehungswissenschaften); read more> .

2) "German Jewish Photo-Albums, 1928-1948: Meaning and Agency in Inconceivable Times"; - funded by the ISF (Israel Science Foundation); period: October 2020 - September 2023; PI: Prof. Ofer Ashkenazi. 

2)  “Jewish Photography of Crisis: The German Reality in the Eyes of Jewish Photographers, 1928-1938”; - funded by the GIF; period: April 2019 - March 2022; PIs: Prof. Ofer Ashkenazi, HUJI;  Dr. Annette Vowinckel, Zentrum für Zeitgeschichtliche Forschung, Potsdam, Germany.

3) “Jewish Photography in Nazi Germany”; - funded by the ISF (Israel Science Foundation); period: 2016-2019 (extended till Sept 2021); PI: Prof. Ofer Ashkenazi.

4) “Citizen Science Study of Holocaust Visual Media”; - funded by Minerva Project Funds; period: Januar 2020 - December 2020; PIs: Prof. Ofer Ashkenazi and Prof. Hagai Perets (Technion).

5) “Documents of Daily Life in Nazi German, 1933-1945”; - funded by Minerva Project Funds; period: 2016 - ongoing; researchers:  Prof. Ofer Askenazi, Dr. Noah Beninnga.

Closed Research Projects (last three years):

1) “Dokumente - Erinnerungen - Geschichtsschreibung. Der zweite Theresienstadtfilm, seine Dokumentation und seine Rekonstruktion aus der Perspektive der Überlebenden”; - funded by the Volkswagen Stiftung; period: November 2017 - November 2019;  PIs: Prof. em. Hans-Georg Soeffner, Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen (KWI); Prof. Ofer Ashkenazi, Koebner Minerva Center, HUJI; Prof. em. Moshe Zimmermann, Koebner Minerva Center, HUJI; Prof. Benjamin  Pollock, Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center, HUJI; ; Dr. Ehrhardt Cremers, Technische Universität Dresden, Institut für Soziologie; Prof.  Michael R. Müller, Technische Universität Chemnitz, Institut für Medienforschung; Prof. Jürgen Raab, Universität Koblenz-Landau, Institut für Sozialwissenschaften; read more>

2) “Displaced Heimat: The National Landscape in the Works of German-Jewish Émigrés”; - funded by the I-CORE Program (Israel Center of Research Excellence), cluster: “Da'at Hamakom”: Center for the Study of Cultures of Place in the Modern Jewish World; period: 2013-2018/19; PI: Prof. Ofer Ashkenazi.

3) “German Banking in Mandatory Palestine and Israel: The Contribution of German Jews to the Development of Local Banking, 1933-1967”; - funded  by the Beit Elran Fund Tel Aviv; period 2018/2019; PI: Dr. Ofer Ashkenazi; research conducted by Dr. Sharon Livne.