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German & Scandinavian Studies, Deparment of Languages and Literatures


Jonathan Skolnik
Graduate Program Director
Associate Professor of German & Scandinavian Studies
Adjunct Associate Professor of Judaic & Near Eastern Studies
Adjunct Associate Professor of History

Contact Information
Location: Herter Hall 522
Phone: (413) 545-4245

Research Interests
German-Jewish literature and culture, 19th- and 20th-century literature, exile film, intellectual history
In 2011-2012, Prof. Skolnik was a Soslund Foundation Fellow at the United States Holocaust Museum's Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. In Fall 2010, Prof. Skolnik held the Kiev Judaica Research Fellowship at The George Washington University. He is a founding member of the International Feuchtwanger Society.

Relevant Links
Association for Jewish Studies
German Studies Association
Leo Baeck Institute
Yiddish Book Center

Ph.D. 1999, Columbia University
M.A. 1994, Columbia University
B.A. 1990, Columbia College

Current and Recent Courses
German 393: 20th Century German Thought: ìArt, Authenticity, and the Trialî
German 370: 19th Century German Thought: ìRadical Subjectivityî
German 391K: Franz Kafka
German 697J: Jews and German Culture

Selected Publications

  • Jewish Pasts, German Fictions
    History, Memory, and Minority Culture in Germany, 1824-1955
  • “28 May 1942: Bertolt Brecht and Fritz Lang Collaborate on a Screenplay,”A New History of German Cinema, Jennifer Kapczynski and Michael D. Richardson, eds. (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2011).
  • The Strange Career of the Abarbanel Clan: German-Jewish Sephardism from Heine to the Holocaust,”Sephardism: Spanish/Jewish History and the Modern Literary Imagination, Yael Halevi-Weiss, ed. (Stanford University Press, 2011).
  • Yiddish, the Storyteller, and German-Jewish Modernism: A New Look at Alfred Dˆblin in the 1920s,”Yiddish in Weimar Berlin: At the Crossroads of Diaspora Politics and Culture, Gennady Estraikh and Mikhail Krutikov, eds. (Oxford: Legenda, 2010), 215-23.
  • “Exile on 125th St: African Americans, Germans and Jews in Edgar Ulmer’s Moon over Harlem,The Films of Edgar G. Ulmer, Bernd Herzogenrath, ed., (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2009), 61-70.
  • “Class War, Anti-Fascism, and Anti-Semitism: Grigori Roshal’s 1939 Film Sem’ia Oppengeim in Context,”Feuchtwanger and Film, Ian Wallace, ed.(Bern: Peter Lang, 2009), 237-46.
  • “Heine and Haggadah: History, Narration, and Tradition in the Age of Wissenschaft des Judentums,” in Ross Brann and Adam Sutcliffe, eds., Renewing the Past, Reconfiguring Jewish Culture: From al-Andalus to the Haskalah (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003)
  • “Le juif errant et le temps historique: images littÈraires des temps modernes” in Le tÈmoin du temps. Images du juif errant, edited by Richard I. Cohen (Paris: MusÈe d’art et d’histoire du JudaÔsme, 2002): 240-50.
  • “Writing Jewish History in the Margins of the Weimar Classics: Minority Culture and National Identity in Germany, 1837-1873,” in Nicholas Vazsonyi, ed. Searching for Common Ground: Diskurse zur deutschen Identit‰t, 1750-1871 (Cologne: Bˆhlau, 2000).
  • “Kaddish for Spinoza: Memory and Modernity in Heine and Celan,” New German Critique 77 (1999), 169-86.
  • “Russian Jews in Today’s Germany: End of the Journey?”European Judaism31:2 (Fall 1998), 30-44.
  • “Dissimilation and the Historical Novel: Herman Sinsheimer’s Maria Nunnez,” Year Book of the Leo Baeck Institute 43 (1998), 225-40.
  • Selected Presentations

  • “Gidget, the Kohners, and German Jews in California after 1945,” To Stay or Not to Stay? German-speaking Exiles in Southern California After 1945, 5th Biennial Conference of the International Feuchtwanger Society, University of Southern California and Villa Aurora, September 16, 2011
  • “Class War, Anti-Fascism, and Anti-Semitism: Grigori Roshal’s 1939 Film Semya Oppenheim in Context,” Feuchtwanger and Film, University of Southern California and Villa Aurora, September 5, 2007
  • “A Song in the Desert? Else Lasker-Sch¸ler and Jewish Modernism in Berlin,” German-Jewish Women Writers, 1900-1938, Institute for Germanic and Romance Studies, University of London, May 17, 2007
  • “’Two must have got hanged togetherÖ’ Mimesis, Race, and Antisemitism in German Exile Film,” Virginia Commonwealth University, February 5, 2007.
  • “African Americans and German Jews in Hollywood, 1933-1965,” Immigration and Cultural Exchange: German Jewish Presences in the US and Post Cold War Germany 27 March, 2007, Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, NYU, and Leo Baeck Institute, New York
  • How Hollywood Stages Civil Rights: A Comparison of the films Nothing But A Man and Mississippi Burning, Black History Month panel discussion moderated by Jack White, Virginia Commonwealth University, February 16, 2007.
  • “A Song in the Desert? Else Lasker-Sch¸ler and Jewish Modernism in Berlin,” 38th Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies, San Diego, California, December 17-19, 2006.
  • “In the Shadows of the German-Jewish ‘Love Affair’: Kurt Maetzig’s 1947 Film Ehe im Schatten,” German Studies Association, September 29, 2006.
  • “Exile on 125th Street: Germans, Jews, and African-Americans in Moon Over Harlem,” DISCOVERING EDGAR G. ULMER: EUROPEAN/AMERICAN FILMMAKER, Sept. 14, 2006. Palack˝ University of Olomouc, Czech Republic.