3. Dezember 2017 - 5. Dezember 2017

Building from Ashes Jews in Postwar Europe (1945–1950)


The conference will be held in English and is open to the public.

In the immediate postwar years, Europe faced the aftermath of genocide, extreme violence, and mass displacement that had produced millions of refugees, poverty and hunger. In the midst of this »savage continent« Jews found themselves in diverse situations, having endured varied wartime experiences: some had survived the ghettos and concentration camps, some were refugees returning from emigration or a harsh shelter in the Soviet Union, or from hiding places or partisan encampments, others entered central Europe as part of the Allied Military Forces. In the midst of ruins, poverty and destruction surviving Jews sought to find places that felt secure, whether in their former homelands or under Allied protection. Many became Displaced Persons who organized their survival as well as their emigration with the help of diverse military and social organizations. At the same time, they were building new communities and attempting to sustain Jewish life and traditions in Europe.

Veranstaltungsflyer (pdf-Datei)

Jüdisches Museum Frankfurt in Kooperation mit dem Simon Dubnow Institut, Leipzig, dem Seminar für Judaistik an der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt und dem Fritz Bauer Institut.


Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Campus Westend Nobert-Wollheim-Platz 1, Casino-Gebäude, Raum 1.801