Cover Osteuropa 3/2008

In Osteuropa 3/2008

Translation, Inter-Cultural Activity, Contacts
Themes of East European Jewish History

Gertrud Pickhan

Deutsche Fassung


Not only in Eastern and East-Central Europe is history increasingly being used again to bolster national self-assurance. This largely suppresses plurality and cultural differences. By contrast, the historical Jewish lifeworlds of Europe’s east allow other categories than a national master narrative to come to the fore: These were characterized by multilingualism, migration, and cultural contacts, which merged with permanent processes of translation. In this, they already corresponded to the post-modern mentality of our day.

(Osteuropa 3/2008, pp. 117–124)