- Research topic:
- The Origin of Jewish Museums before the Second World War. Polish and Czechoslovakian Specifics and Historical Conditions of a European Phenomenon
- February-March 2016
Dorothea Warneck M.A. is a research fellow at the Martin Luther Univerity Halle and the Aleksander-Brückner-Center for Polish Studies. She is working on a project about the first Jewish Museums in Poland, Bohemia, and Moravia before 1939. From November 2010-2014, she was a research fellow at the Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena for the History and the Public Sphere research area and for the public relations of the Kolleg. Editor of the online project "Cultures of History"-Forum and "The Ukrainian Crisis in the European Media and the Public Sphere".
Juxtaposing four Jewish museums in Warsaw, Lwów, Prague and Nikolsburg/ Mikulov, which were initiated and opened between 1905 and 1938/1939, before and after the First WorldWar, this project is going to analyze the origin of the first Jewish museums in Eastern Europe in a broader context, their museological concepts, narratives as well as reception. It wants to ask for the social, political, religious biographies of people being involved in these projects, their various ideas of one’s own Jewish identity, the impact of general political and social conditions such as growing national movements, crisis and decay of the great multi-ethnic empires in Europe and the formation of new nation-states or growing anti-Semitism.