The workshop “Migrants as ‘Translators’: Mediating External Influences on Post World War II Western Europe, 1945–1973” was held last month in Hamburg at the Institute for the History of the German Jews (IGdJ) in partnership with the German Historical Institute Washington. The workshop brought together graduate students and scholars to discuss the variety of roles returning émigrés and other migrants took on in postwar Europe. Below are some first impressions from the weekend. A full conference report to follow.

Workshop activities began with a keynote lecture and discussion at the Warburg Haus


Scholars exchanged research in a series of panel discussions

Left to right – Tamara Bjažić Klarin, Andreas Joch, and Dirk Schubert


…and received feedback from their peers.

Left to right – Miriam Rürup (presenter), Simone Lässig, Elisabeth Gallas, Laura Hobson Faure, Nancy Green, and Anne Zetsche


Director of the IGdJ Miriam Rürup led an evening tour of Hamburg, highlighting sites significant to the history of the city’s Jewish community.