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28 July 2022, 6 p.m.
The Genizah textiles from Niederzissen
Lecture by Dr Linda Wiesner
 
In 2011, an extensively preserved Genizah from the former synagogue in Niederzissen was retrieved. The Genizot resulted from the religious commandment to no longer merely dispose of religious writings and objects: in the rural Jewish congregations this led to the custom of storing these items in the attic of the synagogue. Most of these storage spaces have been discovered since the 1980s in relatively modern synagogues, mainly in rural areas of Southern Germany. For the most part, the finds consist of handwritten and printed texts. Textiles for use in the synagogue or by the individual are usually minor discoveries. An exception is the trove from the Genizah of the former synagogue in Niederzissen. The collection of some 300 textile items, including Torah mantles and curtains, small prayer shawls and Torah wrappers and binders, thus represent an extremely rare cultural record of rural German Jewry. The lecture describes the textile finds from this Genizah and uses a selection of examples to highlight the significance of the objects as testimonies to the everyday life and culture of rural Judaism in the German-speaking area. Linda Wiesner read Jewish Studies as well as German, modern and contemporary history and musicology in Heidelberg, Graz and Dresden. She addressed the textile relics in Niederzissen in her dissertation, which has been published by the Universitätsverlag Winter (Heidelberg) under the title »Stoffgeschichten. Kulturhistorische Zeugnisse einer jüdischen Landgemeinde aus der Genisa in Niederzissen« (Textile stories. The cultural-historical testimony of a Jewish community from the Genizah in Niederzissen.)
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28 July 2022, 6 p.m.
The Genizah textiles from Niederzissen
Lecture by Dr Linda Wiesner
 
In 2011, an extensively preserved Genizah from the former synagogue in Niederzissen was retrieved. The Genizot resulted from the religious commandment to no longer merely dispose of religious writings and objects: in the rural Jewish congregations this led to the custom of storing these items in the attic of the synagogue. Most of these storage spaces have been discovered since the 1980s in relatively modern synagogues, mainly in rural areas of Southern Germany. For the most part, the finds consist of handwritten and printed texts. Textiles for use in the synagogue or by the individual are usually minor discoveries. An exception is the trove from the Genizah of the former synagogue in Niederzissen. The collection of some 300 textile items, including Torah mantles and curtains, small prayer shawls and Torah wrappers and binders, thus represent an extremely rare cultural record of rural German Jewry. The lecture describes the textile finds from this Genizah and uses a selection of examples to highlight the significance of the objects as testimonies to the everyday life and culture of rural Judaism in the German-speaking area. Linda Wiesner read Jewish Studies as well as German, modern and contemporary history and musicology in Heidelberg, Graz and Dresden. She addressed the textile relics in Niederzissen in her dissertation, which has been published by the Universitätsverlag Winter (Heidelberg) under the title »Stoffgeschichten. Kulturhistorische Zeugnisse einer jüdischen Landgemeinde aus der Genisa in Niederzissen« (Textile stories. The cultural-historical testimony of a Jewish community from the Genizah in Niederzissen.)