CANCELED Remnants from a Lost World

For the Public
Wednesday, March 6, 2024
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

Zoom Webinar


Due to circumstances beyond our control, this program has been canceled. We are very sorry for the inconvenience.

We have scheduled a new lecture on a related topic: Anna Holzer-Kawalko on Cold War and Cultural Restitution: Postwar Transfers of Jewish Libraries from the Soviet Bloc to Israel, on April 11.

Rebecca Jefferson's lecture Rescue or Ransack? Unraveling the Complexities of the Cairo Geniza Chain of Custody has been rescheduled for April 4.

You can register for both talks using the registration link above.

If you already registered for "Remnants of a Lost World," you do not need to register again in order to attend these programs. Reminders will be sent from Zoom, including the link to join the webinar, before each talk.

About the Series "Books of the People"

Jews are often called the “people of the book,” but what about the books of the Jewish people? Who owns the contents of the Cairo Geniza, the books taken from Holocaust victims, or the uniquely beautiful manuscripts of major private collectors? Who can or should preserve these items and provide or prevent access to them, materially or digitally? Undeniably, Jewish books from across the world and history form a collective heritage—but they also have particular, local, and sometimes fraught histories of possession. This series offers perspectives on the management of books as Jewish cultural property, looking at past events and current practices—and the difficult questions that attend both.


Elisabeth Gallas

Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture - Simon Dubnow

Elisabeth Gallas is deputy to the director and head of the research unit "Law" at the Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture ‒ Simon Dubnow in Leipzig, Germany. Her research focuses on modern Jewish legal and cultural history as well as Holocaust and aftermath studies. At the Katz Center, she will explore how Jews in the diaspora enacted transnational legal initiatives and activities to counter assaults and promote advocacy in modern Europe.

Gallas received her PhD in modern History from Leipzig University. She has previously held fellowships at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute of Holocaust-Studies and the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

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We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Klatt Family and the Harry Stern Family Foundation.