A new exhibition marking the completion of the
cataloging of the Hebrew University's historical archive
The exhibition will be on display on the second floor
between Nov. 20th 2018 and Feb. 20th, 2019
This new exhibition tells the story of German-Jewish intellectuals, uprooted from their home, who managed to flourish again as the founders and shapers of Israeli academia.
This is a joint exhibition organized by the Hebrew University and the National Library. It focuses on seven scholars who began their professional lives in Germany, and traces the dramatic circumstances which led them to the Hebrew University in its early years.
The exhibition shows how these intellectuals were fired from their jobs or uprooted from their homes during the period of the Nazi rise to power, and how they eventually integrated themselves, often with major difficulties, into the developing academic institution in Jerusalem.
Using materials from the National Library collections and the Hebrew University archive, the exhibition displays documents, letters and personal files belonging to the seven scholars, whose impact on the academic world is still felt today.
The exhibition also features a "students' desk", displaying actual student applications from young men and women from Central and Eastern Europe who hoped to be accepted to the Hebrew University, and thus rescue themselves from the inferno on the continent. Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to examine the applications, and just like the admissions committees of the time, experience the dilemmas and conflicts that were faced by the university.