M.A. Janina Wurbs


Ordinariat Zeitgeschichte

Universität Bern
Historisches Institut
Länggassstrasse 49
3012 Bern
2017 – Research Assistant / PhD student, Institute of History, University of Bern
2016 – 2017 Doctoral Fellow, German Historical Institute Washington, DC
2015 Research Assistant, Georg-Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research
2014 M.A. (with distinction) Potsdam University: Jewish Studies, History, Religious Studies
2013 – 2014 Visitor Services Assistant, Memorial for the European Jews murdered by the Germany, Information Center, Berlin
2012 – 2014 Corpus of Modern Yiddish (CMY), Regensburg University
2012 – 2013 St. Petersburg State University and European University: Ethnography, Urban Anthropology, Sociolinguistics
2011 Radio Journalist for the Yiddish Radio “Naye khvalyes” at the National Polish Radio
2009 Transcriber of Yiddish-German-English interviews with DPs (Displaced Persons) conducted by David Boder for the Illinois Institute of Technology, http://voices.iit.edu/
2008 – 2011 Student Librarian, Potsdam University Library
2005 – 2007 YIVO Institute for Jewish Research – Sound Archives Intern
2003 – 2005 Student Librarian, Moses Mendelssohn Center for European-Jewish Studies, Potsdam


Other Activities

  • Instructor for Yiddish language and culture and for Ashkenazi Jewish music, since 2008
  • Transcription and Translation from and to Yiddish, since 2007
  • Program Assistant for Yiddish Summer Weimar 2011 and 2012
  • Collector at Ethnographic Expeditions in Ukraine, Moldova, Latvia, 2007, 2008, 2012
  • Generationenübergreifender Jiddischismus: Skizzen kultureller Biographien der Familie Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman, Universitätsverlag Potsdam, Pri haPardes (forthcoming, 2018).
  • A Treasure Trove in a Hotel Lobby—Songs of the Ben Stonehill Collection at the YIVO Sound Archives. In: European Journal of Jewish Studies, Vol. 8, Issue 1, 127–136, 2014.
  • Cross-Cultural Adaptation. The Role of Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman for the Contemporary Yiddish Music Scene in Germany. In: Magdalena Waligórska and Sophie Wagenhofer (eds.). Cultural Representation of Jewishness at the Turn of the 21st Century. Florenz: European University Institute, 87-99, 2010.

As well as academic reviews, publications as a journalist (among others, for “Forverts”, “Vayter”, “Afn Shvel”, “Tsukunft”, “Yugntruf”, “Dos bletele”) and translator.

  • Scholarship at the German Historical Institute Moscow, April–July 2017
  • St. Petersburg State University (SPBGU) Scholarship, Sept. 2012– Feb. 2013
  • DAAD Go East Scholarship, St. Petersburg, Sept. 2012– Feb. 2013
  • Yiddish Teacher Seminar Scholarships, 2008 and 2010 (NYC)
  • Scholarship at UNITEC Auckland, New Zealand, Feb.–March 2003