- German-Jewish history in modern times
- German-Jewish emigration after 1933 as a transnational phenomenon
- Urban history (Berlin, Tel Aviv, Odessa)
- Material objects and their meaning in the emigration process
- The sea voyage in the emigration process
My new research project refers to a house in Berlin, the residency of the Freudenheim family, which I read and map as a place of Jewish/non-Jewish encounters. In 1936, Ernst Freudenheim left the family apartment in Berlin’s Brückenallee 33 and moved to Stuttgart – a first step in a long and complicated emigration process that included a longer voyage to Palestine and ended, if that is the appropriate term, in Buffalo, upstate New York. In this period of insecurity Freudenheim sat down to write the history of his family - ‘We Jews are wandering again. […] We pray for their peace of mind to ask: Whence do we come?’ – and to explain to future generations what the house on Brückenallee 33 meant for him. I will use this document to discuss the house as a point of arrival, residence, departure, and memory, using Guy Miron’s work on Jewish time and Jewish space in Nazi Germany as well as my own earlier work on German-Jewish emigration in a transnational perspective.