Dani Schrire, “‘Oh Jewess, Beautiful Jewess’: When Ingeborg Weber-Kellermann delivered a talk in Jerusalem in 1961”

My talk relates to a common folkloristic and literary motif concerning a beautiful Jewess' relations with a Christian and the way it was negotiated in German ballads in comparison to a Yiddish ballad, Ladino romances and Hebrew modern poetry. I engage this theme through a discussion of an unknown historical episode that took place in Jerusalem in parallel to the Eichmann trial when a reknowned German folklorist addressed Jewish and Israeli colleagues in the German language in the 3rd World Congress for Jewish studies. My talk relates more broadly to how German Volkskunde (folklore-studies) has addressed its Nazi past after 1945, examining issues concerning collective memories of trauma and persecution, German-Jewish relations before the War and how it was negotiated from the 1960s onwards in Germany and Israel. 

Dani Schrire is a lecturer at the Hebrew University with a joint appointment in the Program for Folklore and Folk-Culture and the Program in Cultural Studies. He is a member of the research team of Daat Ha'Makom I-Core in the Study of Modern Jewish Culture. He received his PhD from the Hebrew University (2012), carrying out his doctoral and post-doctoral research at the the Hebrew University, Humboldt University Berlin, Göttingen University, and the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Collecting the Pieces of Exile: Zionist Folkloristics in Face of the Shoah (forthcoming in Magnes Press). His current research focuses on the development of Jewish folkloristics in international networks in Europe, Palestine/Israel and the United States between 1840 and 1970.

Presented by the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures and the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies

Date & Time
Friday, May 19, 2017 - 12:00pm

Jackman Humanities Building, Room 235, 170 St. George Street