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“.

Inventory of the Month on DALME (Documentary Archaeology of Late Medieval Europe): The goods of Garssanus, a Jew from Aix-en-Provence (1295)

On January 29, 1295, Hugues des Voisins, seneschal of Provence, ordered the mayor of Aix to seize the goods belonging to the town’s Jewish households. Criers descended upon their homes to seal chests and doors so that their targets could not move or hide their possessions. Four days later, two notaries, Jean Canavier and Raymond Étienne, entered the homes of about two dozen Jewish households to draw up inventories of their possessions. These inventories are precious windows into the homes of Jewish families, both rich and poor, in late-medieval Aix.

Workshop ‚Disruption‘ und ‚Resilienz‘ in der aschkenasisch-jüdischen Geschichte, 14.–16. Jh. (‘Disruption’ and ‘Resilience’ in Ashkenazi Jewish History, 14th-16th cent.) June 8-9, 2022 in Trier, Germany

On June 8-9, 2022, the project „Aschkenasische Juden im späten Mittelalter. Bewältigungs-, Anpassungs- und Transformationspotentiale regionaler Netzwerke“ („ Ashkenazi Jews in the Late Middle Ages. Coping, Adaptation and Transformation Potentials of Regional Networks “ ) will hold a workshop on ‚Disruption‘ und ‚Resilienz‘ in der aschkenasisch-jüdischen Geschichte, 14.–16. Jh (‚Disruption‘ and ‚Resilience‘ in Ashkenazi Jewish History, 14th-16th cent.s) at the Weberbach City Library (Trier, Germany).

52nd Koldewey Conference, Strasbourg 25 – 29 May 2022: Sacred Buildings as ‘Speaking’ Witnesses of Jewish History (Sakralbauten als ‘sprechende’ Zeugen jüdischer Geschichte)

The 52nd Koldewey Conference, which will take place in Strasbourg from 25 to 29 May 2022, will deal with sacred buildings as ‘speaking’ witnesses of Jewish history. Medieval buildings will also be discussed, in the lectures by Stefanie Fuchs (Sprechen Mikwen? Bauforschung, Archäologie und weitere Quellen zu mittelalterlichen jüdischen Ritualbädern im deutschen Sprachraum), Ulrich Klein (Die Ausgrabung der mittelalterlichen Synagoge von Marburg), Christian Kayser (Lebendes Wasser und sprechende Steine. Die Mikwe von Worms) and Carla Heym (Die mittelalterliche Synagoge in Rouffach)

You can join online:
Meeting-ID: 632 0941 0270
Kenncode: 061926

CFP: Special Issue Arts “Medieval Finger Rings from Christian, Jewish and Islamic Contexts”

Finger rings are one of the most important types of jewelry, and they have been present in various cultures since the Stone Age. In the Middle Ages, they were made from simple materials such as wood or bone, but also from glass, ivory, or metal. In the case of metal rings, the spectrum ranges from iron or bronze and brass to silver and gold. As often beautiful and precious pieces of jewelry, rings mostly served the self-presentation of the wearer. In addition, however, they could have certain functions: Signet rings functioned to authenticate documents, rings with special symbolism distinguished holders of office or dignity, while other rings played an important role in special ceremonies, such as marriage. Since antiquity, rings have been given and worn as a sign of love and loyalty, and since the late Middle Ages, they have also been used as memorial and mourning rings in memory of the deceased. Amulet rings, meanwhile, were intended to protect or heal the wearer through special inscriptions or materials used. This Special Issue focuses on the wide range of different medieval ring types with different symbolism, function, and religious backgrounds.

Workshop “Antijüdische Polemik im Mittelalter”, 7.-8. April in Zurich (German)

Organised by the Arbeitsgruppe Mittelalter im „Netzwerk Jüdisches Kulturerbe in cooperation with “Schauplatz Brunngasse” Zurich, led by Simon Paulus, Maria Stürzebecher and Dölf Wild.

After a delay due to the pandemic, the Arbeitsgruppe Mittelalter im „Netzwerk Jüdisches Kulturerbe invites you to its next workshop in Zurich on 7/8 April 2022. The occasion is a concrete anti-Jewish incident by right-wing extremists on an online event of “Schauplatz-Brunngasse” in Zurich, which happened on 17 January 2021. In its crudeness, this action is very reminiscent of the tumid anti-Jewish late-medieval actionism that expressed itself in a wide variety of media and forms of action – from pictorial representation to verbal or written polemics to structural phenomena. The workshop will focus on these forms of expression of anti-Jewish polemics in their range and in their mutual relationships.

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New Anthology on the Rebuilding of the Worms Synagogue (German)

The city of Worms and the state of Rheinland-Pfalz have published an anthology on the 60th anniversary of the rededication of the Worms synagogue in 1961.

With the inclusion of the ShUM sites of Speyer, Worms and Mainz on the World Heritage List last July, UNESCO recognised the authenticity of the synagogue district in Worms as having been fulfilled through its recovery.

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CFP: Conference: Book Ornament and Luxury Critique, Zurich 15.9.-17.9.2022

The research group “Textures of Sacred Scripture. Materials and Semantics of Sacred Book Ornament” ( invites paper proposals for a three-day international conference on “Book Ornament and Luxury Critique”. The conference, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, is scheduled to take place at the Institute of Art History at the University of Zurich from 15 to 17 September 2022.

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