KONFERENCJA 2010

Religion and Beyond: Jewish Religious Life in Breslau/Wrocław

5-6 May 2010, Wrocław, Poland

Organized by: Department of Jewish Studies, University of Wrocław in cooperation with Wrocław Center for Jewish Culture and Education administrated by Bente Kahan Foundation; Location: University of Wrocław, Oratorium Marianum Hall, pl. Uniwersytecki 1

Opening lecture:

  • Abraham Ascher (City University of New York): Religion under Siege: Jewish Religious Life in Breslau, 1933-1943

Session 1: From the Beginning to the White Stork Synagogue : Chair: Marcin Wodziński

  • Leszek Ziątkowski (University of Wrocław): Stufen der Uneinigkeit. Die Zunahme der religiösen Konflikte innerhalb der jüdischen Gemeinde Breslaus im 18. Jahrhundert und in der ersten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts
  • Jerzy Krzysztof Kos (University of Wrocław): Early Synagogues in Early Modern Breslau: From Tempel to White Stork

Session 2: Abraham Geiger and Liberal Judaism in Breslau : Chair: Abraham Ascher

  • Michael Schudrich (Jewish Community in Warsaw): What Was ‘Liberal’ about 19th Century “Liberal Judaism” of Breslau?
  • Walter Homolka (Abraham Geiger College, Potsdam): Life and Work of Abraham Geiger
  • Klaus Herrmann (Freie Universität, Berlin): Abraham Geiger in Breslau and the Controversy about the Jewish Confirmation for Boys and Girls
  • Michał Galas (Jagiellonian University, Kraków): Jewish Theological Seminary in Breslau and its Impact on the Polish Jews

Session 3: Integration and Beyond : Chair: Walter Homolka

  • Agata Rybińska (University of Wrocław): Limits of Integration: Religious Life of Breslau Jews, 1870-1890
  • Małgorzata Stolarska-Fronia (Museum of the History of the Polish Jews, Warsaw): To Picture Imperceptible: Jewish Expressionist Painters from Breslau
  • Marcin Wodziński (University of Wrocław): Sepulchral Acculturation: The Case of Breslau

Session 4: Beyond the Holocaust : Chair: Michael Schudrich

  • Ingo Loose (Humboldt Universität Berlin / Touro College Berlin): The United Jewish Community of Breslau as Presented in the Newsletter of Former Breslau and Silesian Jews in Israel, 1958–2010
  • Anna Nowak (University of Wrocław): Community and Committee: Wrocław Jews and their Religious Life after the Holocaust
  • Itzhak Rapoport (Jewish Community in Wrocław): Jewish Religious Life in Contemporary Wroclaw: Orthodox and Liberal Perspectives
  • Andreas Brämer (Institut für die Geschichte der deutschen Juden, Hamburg): Closing Remarks followed by a roundtable discussion