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The Leo Baeck Institute

Shared History Project Call for Nominations

The Shared History Project will illuminate the long and rich history of Jews in German-speaking lands over the last 17 centuries. Since the lives of Jews in these countries were deeply interwoven with local culture, customs, and people, it is a “shared history” in its truest sense.


Each week in 2021 one new object will be displayed on the Shared History website. The objects will represent different eras ranging from the first document citing the presence of Jews in the area of modern-day Germany in 321 CE and the entire range of Central European regions in which German was ever a prominent language.


You can read more about the project and the selection criteria at www.lbi.org/shared-history/.

Shared History seeks nominations for 52 unique objects that illustrate Jewish history in German-speaking lands over the past 1700 years. We will consider not only museum artifacts, but also iconic buildings or locations , metaphorical motifs, fictional concepts, mythologies, and imagery.


Please submit your nominations no later than December 8, 2019We accept nominations in English or German. 


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(e.g., migration, inclusion, exclusion, persecution, success, resilience, etc...)

(e.g., name of town, city, region, state, etc...)

(e.g., Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, Enlightenment, more than one historical period, etc...)



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