East European Jewish and Non-Jewish Migrants in Germany: Strategies of Migration and Adaptation

January 23-24, 2017 / Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe –
Institute of the Leibniz Association, Marburg/Germany

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MONDAY, January 23, 2017

4:00 pm–6:30 pm “Voices of the New Russian-Jewish Diaspora” essay contest: Final round judging
6:30 pm–7:00 pm Opening “East European Jewish and Non-Jewish Migrants in Germany” Workshop
Introductory remarks: Peter Haslinger (Herder Institute, Marburg)
Welcome and overview: Rebecca Kobrin (Columbia University, New York), Dirk Hoerder (Arizona State University)

TUESDAY, January 24, 2017

9:45 am–10:15 am Fieldnotes from the essay contest: Ljudmila Belkin (Leibniz-Institut für raumbezogene Sozialforschung, Erkner)

10:15 am–12:45 pm SESSION 1
Theme: Historical framing of recent Jewish and Non-Jewish migration from East and Central Europe to Germany
What is the place of recent streams of Jewish and non-Jewish immigrants from the (former) Soviet Union and East and Central Europe in the larger history of immigration to Germany and East-West migration in European history? How do these streams of migration inform our understanding of the transition of 1989? How has the arrival and integration of these immigrants aff ected discussions and
understandings of national identity in Germany?

  • Dirk Hoerder (Arizona State University)
  • Michael John (Johannes Kepler Universität Linz)
  • Peter Haslinger (Herder Institute, Marburg)
  • Eszter Gantner (Herder Institute, Marburg)

Moderator: Heidi Hein-Kircher (Herder Institute, Marburg)

2:00 pm–3:30 pm SESSION 2
Theme: The essay as medium
What are the limitations of using essays as source material? How are essays similar and diff erent from other personal and authored materials found in archives? How do essays compare to other approaches that rely on contemporary, first-person accounts, like oral history? What advantages and disadvantages of using an administered contest as a collection method?

  • Rebecca Kobrin (Columbia University, New York)
  • Kinga Frojimovics (Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies)
  • Éva Kovács (Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies)
  • Achim Saupe (Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung, Potsdam)

Moderator: Peter Haslinger (Herder Institute, Marburg)

3:45 pm–5:15 pm SESSION 3
Theme: Migrant strategies
What was it like to be an emigrant and immigrant in the late-20th century? What were their personal strategies and praxis? Have there been particular strategies or distinctive patterns of adaptation, integration and identifi cation that Jewish or non-Jewish immigrants employ? Or that characterize immigrants from postsocialist states? What roles have state organs, communal and co-ethnic associations or organizations played in shaping these experiences?

  • Klavdia Smola (University of Greifswald)
  • Viktor Krieger (University of Heidelberg)

Moderator: Koby Oppenheim (City University of New York)

5:30 pm–6:00 pm Wrap-up:
Questions and concepts to carry forward: Koby Oppenheim (City University of New York)

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