Yonatan Shiloh-Dayan

… My broad interests are in modern history of Central European Jews, intellectual history of the 20th century and…

A Phd student at the Department for Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I completed my bachelor’s degree in musicology and philosophy and my master’s degree in German studies at the Hebrew University as well. During my master’s I had the privilege to spend an academic year in Berlin, where I undertook archival research as a part of my thesis project.

My main scholarly interests lay within the fields of intellectual and political history of the 20th century, focusing on processes of transfer of cultural knowledge, traditions and political practices from Central Europe to Palestine and later Israel, as an outcome of the great exodus. My thesis (2014): “Today and Tomorrow, Here and There: the Central-European leftist Intellectual’s periodical in Palestine, 1943-1945”, written under the instruction of Prof. Yfaat Weiss, examined the cultural and political activities and undertakings of German speaking left-wind intellectuals in Palestine. They regarded themselves as exiles in a foreign land. My dissertation project, still in the state of consolidation, will focus on Prof. Walter Grab, an emigrate Israeli historian with a Viennese background, who dedicated much of his scholarly work to the study of German democratic traditions following the French Revolution and the German Jacobins. Grab established the Minerva Centre for German History at Tel-Aviv University, the first institution solely dedicated to the research and teaching of German history in Israel.

I take part in a joint German-Israeli research project, a collaboration between the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, the Franz Rosenzweig Minverva Research Center and the German Ministry for Research and Education (BMBF), investigating German-Israeli relations in the field of Humanities. In addition, I am working on another joint project, a collaboration between the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach, the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center and the University of Bonn, which focuses on traces of German-Jewish history in order to promote and support the long-term preservation and accessibility of German-Jewish archival collections in Israel.