University of Potsdam
Dalck and Rose Feith Family Fellowship

Research Topic

From Jewish Self-Government to State Legislation: The Shai Takkanot (1650) and Maria Theresa’s Generalordnung (1754) for Moravia


Louise Hecht is a historian of early modern and modern Central Europe. Her teaching and research focus on cultural and intellectual history, gender studies, printing culture, and popular culture in Israel. At the Katz Center, she will examine the transition from Jewish self-government to state legislation in the Habsburg province of Moravia during the seventeenth and eighteenth century.

Hecht received her PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a habilitation in Jewish Cultural History from the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg. She was, for a decade, a senior lecturer at the Kurt-and-Ursula-Schubert Center of Jewish Studies at Palack University Olomouc/CZ. For the last several years, she worked on the “Haskalah in Dialogue” research project at the University of Potsdam in Germany.

Selected publications

  • Kulturgeschichte der Juden in und aus den Böhmischen Ländern seit der Frühen Neuzeit (Paris-Lodron-University Salzburg, 2019)
  • Ludwig August Frankl (1810–1894). Eine jüdische Biographie zwischen Okzident und Orient (Böhlau, 2016)



Focusing on the broad contexts in which Jewish (and Israelite) law was developed by and for Jews, and in which it operated, treating law as a necessary component for understanding the broader dynamics of culture, history, governance, and economics of each place and period.