Ad acta: The Hebrew University, Jewish Scholars, and the Exile from Europe

The exhibition marks the completion of a project to preserve and catalogue the //historical// archive of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1918-1948) and is based on archival materials now being revealed to the public for the first time. At its center stand seven scholars whose professional paths began in Germany and were later integrated within the Hebrew University in its early years: Gotthold Weil, Gershom Scholem, David Werner Senator, Richard Koebner, Aryeh Ludwig Strauss, Lea Goldberg, and Martin Buber. Some arrived as Zionists in the 1920s, while others arrived after being fired from their positions in Germany once the Nazis rose to power.
On the “Students Table” within the exhibition visitors may browse/examine nine student files that represent the scores of applications received from young Central and Eastern European Jews seeking admission to the university and an immigration certificate that would allow them to escape Europe. Out of these two circles/milieus – of the scholars on the one hand and the students on the other – emerges a picture of the Hebrew University during the years of the British Mandate, the conflicts and challenges that accompanied its founding and development.

Curators: Ada Wardi and Adi Livny. Academic Director: Prof. Yfaat Weiss
Research and Writing: Dr. Lina Barouch, Tom Eshed, Anna Holzer-Kawalko, Yael Levi, Amit Levy, Adi Livny, Dr. Enrico Lucca, Lior Rashti, Bilha Shilo, Yonatan Shiloh-Dayan, Dr. Giddon Ticotsky, Ada Wardi.
The exhibition is presented with the generous support of the Gerda Henkel Stiftung, The German Literature Archive, Marbach, The Rosenzweig center at the Hebrew University, the Dubnow Institute in Lepizig and the ICORE-Daat-Hamakom center.

Photos of the Event  by Ben Tzyon Sharif, The National Library