Philanthropy, Jewishness, and Cultural Heritage, 1850-1950: Introducing the Jewish Country Houses Project

28 February 2023, 5:00 pm CET

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Jaclyn Granick (Cardiff University) and Tom Stammers (Durham University)

Co-investigators of the Jewish Country Houses Project (funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council), Granick and Stammers will introduce their collaborative and pan-European research by way of one of its cross-cutting themes: philanthropy. As a small group of intramarried Jewish business families, emancipated into societies still dominated by the landed aristocracy, rose to the uppermost echelons of Europe, philanthropy became a core component of asserting their family identities, protecting and preserving their reputations and businesses, subtly shaping their societies, and remaining connected to the global Jewish world. Stammers will examine Jewish cultural philanthropy and consider how country houses themselves, and the collections they housed, became part of national heritage—as well as the resistance this process encountered. Granick will, in turn, look at Jewish philanthropy and its logic and reception among Jews. This project preview is in advance of a conference they are convening in Brno in May on “Jewish Country Houses and the Holocaust in History and Memory.”

Modern Jewish History Seminar in Prague – Fall 2022

Masaryk Institute and Archives, Czech Academy of Sciences
Institute of Contemporary History, Czech Academy of Sciences
Prague Center for Jewish Studies, Charles University

All seminars will be held online.
We will use the videoconferencing software Zoom. You can connect by following this link:

Please accept our invitation to the Modern Jewish History Seminar in fall 2022.

All sessions are in English.

Contact: Daniela Bartáková,

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