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David Hamann


A Ticket from Brody to New York via Berlin. Organized Solidarity of German Jews for Eastern European Jewish Transmigrants 1881/82

The dissertation thematizes the transit of Jewish-Russian transmigrants through the German Empire during the “crisis year” 1881/82. The focus of the dissertation is on the transnational organization of a “directed” Jewish Emigration to America, which was realized by the Alliance Israélite Universelle and German relief committees. These committees provided the basis for the foundation of the Hilfsverein der deutschen Juden (aid organization of German Jews) in 1901. The logistical optimization of the Jewish transit through Germany was closely connected with the fight against the forming antisemitic movement. Actors of the “Berlin movement” instrumentalized a putative “Jewish mass immigration”, which in fact was a complete transit. They benefitted from the growing popularity of racist and antisemitic order models and the nationalistic-conservative turn of the Bismarck government. Based on causes for emigration and flight of Russian Jews and their transit from east to west, the organization history of the Jewish migration aid is investigated. In this context three important Jewish Berlin actors of the migration aid and the fight against antisemitism are portrayed to show the close connection between these two aspects: Salomon Neumann, Moritz Lazarus and the initiator of the Hilfsverein Paul Nathan. Conclusive, the future developments from the crisis year 1881/82 to the foundation of the Hilfsverein in 1901 are outlined.



2021 Dissertation at the FU Berlin/Department of History and Cultural Studies (Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut). Thesis: A ticket from Brody via Berlin to New York. The organized solidarity of German Jews for European Jewish Transmigrants in the Crisis year 1881/82.

2019 Scientific Assistent at Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für Europäisch-Jüdische Studien (Moses Mendelssohn Center for European-Jewish Studies).

2014 –2016 Ph.D scholarship of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (German Academic Scholarship Foundation).

2015 – Scholarship of the German Historical Institute Moscow.

2013 – 2014 Fellow of the Leo Baeck Fellowship Programme.

2012 Winner of the Förderpreis Agrargeschichte (Rural History Award), awarded by the Study Group of Rural History.

2011 Master at the Humboldt-University of Berlin. Thesis: Gunther Ipsen in Leipzig. Die persönlich-wissenschaftliche Biographie eines ‘Deutschen Soziologen’ 1919-1933” (Gunther Ipsen in Leipzig. The personal-academic biography of a ‘German Sociologist’ 1919-1933).

2010 Foundation of the company Recherche-Dienste. Freelancing historian since then.

Student assistant for several years at the Zentrum für Antisemitismusforschung (Centre for Research on anti-Semitism) of the Technical University of Berlin.

2006 Bachelor of Arts in history and philosophy at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Thesis: Der Prozess gegen Sokrates (The trial of Socrates).