Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture - Simon Dubnow
Jody Ellant and Howard Reiter Family Fellowship

Research Topic

“We Accuse!”: History of Jewish Indictments in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries


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.

Selected publications

  • A Mortuary of Books: The Rescue of Jewish Culture after the Holocaust, translated by Alex Skinner (New York University Press, 2019)
  • coedited with Anna Holzer-Kawalko, Caroline Jessen, and Yfaat Weiss, Contested Heritage: Jewish Cultural Property after 1945 (Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht, 2019)



Studying law between the eighteenth and twenty-first centuries, an age of transition from a world of empires to the modern age of the nation-state and international law.