All posts by Maria Stürzebecher

About Maria Stürzebecher

I am the curator of the Museum Old Synagogue in Erfurt and scientific coordinator for the UNESCO World Heritage application Jewish-Medieval Heritage in Erfurt. Since 2012, I am editing the series "Erfurter Schriften zur Jüdischen Geschichte"; in 2020, the 6th volume "Ritual Objects in Ritual Contexts." was published. I studied History of Arts, Archaeology, Sociology and History and wrote my PhD thesis about the medieval Erfurt Treasure, which was published in 2009 entitled „Der Schatzfund aus der Erfurter Michaelisstrasse – Mittelalterliche Goldschmiedearbeiten als Zeugnisse jüdischen Lebens in Erfurt“.

Talk: Sophia Schmitt, “Feuer, Recht und Glaube: Normative Ordnungen und die Praxis der Brandbekämpfung in jüdischen und christlichen Nachbarschaften des Mittelalters” (German)

11.06.24, 18.00 CET

Within the Colloquium on Medieval History at the Erfurt University, Sophia Schmitt will speak about “Feuer, Recht und Glaube: Normative Ordnungen und die Praxis der Brandbekämpfung in jüdischen und christlichen Nachbarschaften des Mittelalters” at Erfurt University (Lehrgebäude 4 (-C18-) Raum E01) and on Zoom. To join, please register with julia.seeberger@uni-erfurt.de.

Job: Research Associate for the Project “PESHAT in Context”

Application deadline: 21.05.2024, Start date: 01.11.2024, fixed until 31.12.2026

Faculty of Humanities, Department of Religions, Institute for Jewish Philosophy and Religion, University Hamburg, is looking for a Research Associate for the Project “PESHAT in Context”.

Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates may also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications.

  • research on medieval Hebrew scientific and philosophical terminology:
    • textual studies
    • input and maintenance of research data in the PESHAT database
  • coordination of collaborations with external scholars and other projects on external data input and cooperations in digital humanities
  • organization of and participation in the projects workshops and conferences, publication of research results

Talk: Florian Datz, „Böser Wucher“: Politische Funktionalisierung literarischer Wuchertopoi in Nürnberg vor 1499

29 April 2024

Within the Colloquium “Arbeitskreis für Jüdische Geschichte des Mittelalters und der frühen Neuzeit,” Florian Datz will speak about „Böser Wucher“: Politische Funktionalisierung literarischer Wuchertopoi in Nürnberg vor 1499 at Trier University, 18:15 CET. For a Zoom link, please register with cluse@uni-trier.de or muellerj@uni-trier.de.

Migration of Jews in the Late Middle Ages. The example of Erfurt

By Maike Lämmerhirt, University of Erfurt

(English/Deutsch)

The DFG-funded project “Migration of Jews in the Late Middle Ages. The example of Erfurt” at the University of Erfurt will run until the end of 2024. The project focuses on Jewish families in Erfurt and their lives and changes of residence in the period from 1354 to 1453.

Erfurt, the economic and ecclesiastical center of Thuringia, was home to the oldest Jewish community in the region. The heyday of Jewish life in Thuringia only began after the pogrom wave of 1349. For the period before 1349, the sources regarding migration movements only allow the places of origin of Jewish families in Erfurt to be determined. In contrast, numerous sources have survived from the decades following the re-establishment of the Jewish community in 1354, in which some families are visible over several generations. Some of them can also be traced to earlier or later places of residence. Although the city of Erfurt was subject to the Archbishop of Mainz, the Erfurt city council acted increasingly independently, proving itself to be a mediator between the archbishop and the Jewish community and even a political actor that made its own decisions regarding the Jews in the city. In 1453, for example, it was the council that withdrew protection from the Jews and enforced this against the archbishop.

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