Eastern Europe
Eastern Europe

The first year of the fellowship program (2019) focused on the topic “Russian speaking communities in Germany and Israel: Their relations to Russia and their significance in both countries“ and was be organized in cooperation with the German Association for East European Studies, the German Council on Foreign Relations, and the Center for Liberal Modernity.

The end of the Soviet Union marked the beginning of a remarkable emigration movement. More than one million people left the Soviet Union for Israel, over two million people received German citizenship as nationals, and nearly 250,000 persons of "Jewish nationality" received permanent residence rights in Germany. How did their integration in both societies proceed and in what ways do they shape the political, social and cultural developments in Israel and Germany today?

Five fellows dealt with these and related questions.


Our 2019 fellows are:

Sergii Gurbych: „Russian-speaking writers in Germany and Israel: Reflecting and Shaping a Socio-Cultural Environment”

Rebekka Hahn: “Belonging and Self – A biographical study among second-generation female ethnic Germans from the former Soviel Union”

Dr. Yuriy Nesterko: “The impact of ethnic and/or cultural affiliations as well as religiosity on mental health outcomes in Jewish immigrants from the Former Soviet Union (FSU) in Germany and Israel”

Jonna Rock: Negotiating Germanness, Jewishness and Russianness in an era of changing social boundaries: A study of identity formation amongst Russlanddeutsche, Russian Jews and ethnic Russians in Berlin

Liza Rozovsky: “Immigration 2.0: What brings young Russian speaking Israelis to Berlin?”