Bielefeld University

Research Topic

Between Warsaw and Amsterdam: Jewish Merchants in Central & East Central Europe


Cornelia Aust teaches at Bielefeld University in Germany. She researches the history of Jewish communities in Poland and German-speaking lands from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries

Aust received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. She has previously held fellowships at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Katz Center.

Selected publications

  • The Jewish Economic Elite: Making Modern Europe (Indiana University Press, 2018)



Devoted to the home, and seeking to advance research that will shed light on this most formative and intimate of contexts for Jewish life. 


Working to expose the shifting linkages between commerce and culture in Jewish life from medieval to modern times.