Israelis in Germany – Ideological Debates and Changing Identities

Talk and Slideshow with Dr. Dani Kranz and Katja Harbi (audio recording available, in German)

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Photo: Katja Harbi

Since 1990, more and more Israelis have immigrated to Germany. In Israeli discourse, their emigration is predominantly perceived as negative, whereas in Germany it is seen positively.

How do political and ideological debates influence the identities of Jewish Israelis after migration? How do they interact with the German majority population, the Jewish community and the other Israelis in Germany? And what role does their memory of the Shoah play in their views about the Federal Republic?

recording available

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W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
Klaus Mangold Auditorium
Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin
(Opposite the Museum)

Dr. Dani Kranz and Katja Harbi from the University of Wuppertal present their study on Israeli Jews in today’s Germany and place the current immigration into the historical perspective, also presenting photos taken during the study.

Dr. Dani Kranz

Dr. Dani Kranz is a Senior Researcher and director of the research project “Israeli Migration to Germany since 1990” at the University of Wuppertal. Her academic background is in social anthropology, social psychology, and history. She also has expertise in migration and ethnographic research, legal anthropology, and intergenerational transmission. Geographically, her research is primarily centered on Germany and Israel.

Katja Harbi

Katja Harbi is a photographer and ethnologist. She studied at the University of Freiburg and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Since 2000, she has lived, researched, and worked in Germany and Israel on projects such as “Israeli Jews in Contemporary Germany.” She also explores her research topics visually. One example of this is her project “Bridges of Love: German–Israeli Couples and Families,” which investigated the role of the Holocaust in the couples’ relationships, among other issues.

Dr. Alina Gromova (Jewish Museum Berlin) will be moderating the event.

We put three questions to the two anthropologists in advance of their presentation – read more on our blog!

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Audio recording of the talk Israelis in Germany with Dr. Dani Kranz and Katja Harbi on 4 May 2017, in German; Jewish Museum Berlin 2017

Where, when, what?

  • When4 May 201
  • Where W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
    Klaus Mangold Auditorium
    Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin (Opposite the Museum)
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