Key Documents of German-Jewish History

This online source edition published by the Institute for the History of German Jews uses a selection of sources, so-called key documents, to thematically highlight central aspects in Hamburg’s Jewish history from the early modern age to the present.

Transcripts as well as digital facsimiles are provided for all sources, which are placed in historical context by interpretations and background information. The source material is further enriched by information on its provenance, historical responses to it, and scholarly controversies. All content is provided in both German and English.

The target audience for this source edition is college students, researchers and teachers, as well as the interested public and high school students. It covers a spectrum ranging from more general, introductory texts to those developing their argument by a close study of the source, and it offers different ways of approaching the texts – through a timeline, a specific topic or a map.

In addition to the edited sources, online exhibitions on various aspects of Jewish history as well as source dossiers are provided. A digital city map and information for use in (school) teaching complement the website, which is constantly being further developed.

German, English

Institute for the History of the German Jews