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Research project: DAJAB

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Digital Archive of Jewish Authors in Berlin 1933-1945 (DAJAB)

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Schoor
Research and Digitization Project

Project duration2014 - 2017 (1st funding phase), 2018-2021 (2nd funding phase), since 2021 (final phase)

Berlin, the literary centre of the Weimar Republic, became the most important centre of "Jewish" culture in National Socialist Germany after 1933. The archive of Jewish authors in Berlin 1933-1945 (AjAB) is intended to open up this forgotten literary-historical field for research and teaching from a library, archival and scientific point of view and make it internationally accessible. In a first, three-year funding phase, the authors of Jewish origin still living in Berlin after 1933, whose literary works were created under the special conditions of National Socialist exclusion and persecution, are to be recorded for the first time in over 1000 bio-bibliographies in a thematic collection focus. Rare primary texts and original documents that were not reissued after 1945 will be made available for research and teaching on an online platform.

In a second funding phase, surviving bequests, video interviews, photographic materials and secondary literature will also be recorded and preserved. The AjAB contains links to international academic institutions and archives. Furthermore, the AjAB contains links to international scientific institutions and archives as well as to relevant research and teaching projects. With its possibilities for interactive use, it is intended to provide an exemplary bridge between archive, library, research and teaching platform and is thus part of a more comprehensive IT strategy for the development of virtual research environments at the Viadrina.


Prof. Dr. Kerstin Schoor (Project coordinator)

Doris Maja Krüger, MA
Nils Alberti, Dipl.-Inf. (IT)
Susanne Kather, Dipl.- Pol. (Political Scientist)

Marie Kempe, BA (Research Assistant)

Cooperating partners
  • Archiv und Bibliothek des Jüdischen Museums Berlin
  • BMBF-Projekt DARIA-DE/TextGrid und der darin federführenden Forschungs- und Entwicklungsabteilung der Niedersächsischen Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen
  • Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Frankfurt am Main (DNB)
  • Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach am Neckar (DLA)
  • Informations-, Kommunikations- und Multimediazentrum (IKMZ) der Europa-Universität Viadrina
  • Selma Stern Zentrum für Jüdische Studien Berlin-Brandenburg
  • Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg Frankfurt am Main
  • Universitätsbibliothek der Europa-Universität Viadrina