Jews in Weimar Gay Culture and the German-Jewish Contribution to the Emergence of Gay Culture in Palestine/Israel, 1933-1960


The Berlin sub-project focusses on the presence of Jewish protagonists in gay and lesbian Berlin before 1933. The specific Jewish contribution to Berlin as a center of homosexual culture as well as the homosexual equality movement in the Weimar Republic is being explored. The forms of cultural commitments from Jewish activists and artists for the gay-lesbian community are of particular interest, as well as the political engagement of doctors, lawyers and economists for the abolition of the special criminal law against homosexuals. At the same time, it is also important to look at the fate of the Jewish protagonists after 1933, as well as investigating their escape routes, in particular those leading to Palestine. The special focus in the Israeli sub-project is on the impetus the homosexual immigrants gave the development of a queer community in Palestine/Israel. To what extent could the migrants bring in, continue or develop further subcultural forms of homosexual social life, but also the political activism for the recognition of same-sex love? The project is providing fundamental research with the exploration of these aspects of Israel's history.


Principal Investigators
Kraß, Andreas Prof. Dr. (Details) (Early German Literature / Literature of the High Middle Ages)
Sluhovsky, Moshe Prof. Dr. Prof. Dr. (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Duration of Project
Start date: 01/2017
End date: 03/2020

Research Areas
Humanities and Social Sciences, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Non-European Cultures, Jewish Studies and Religious Studies

Research Areas
cultural history, Gender Studies, Modern and Contemporary History, Queer History, Queer Studies

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