The distinction was endowed in November 2003 on the occasion of the Sixth Joseph Carlebach Conference. The award is intended to keep the Carlebach name alive and to honor Joseph Carlebach’s important work as well as Miriam Gillis-Carlebach’s lifelong efforts to promote understanding, cooperation, and shared memory.
The Carlebach Prize is awarded to young researchers every 2 years for outstanding scholarly contributions from Hamburg, especially for seminars, studies, and examination theses as well as dissertations on Jewish history, religion, and culture.
The distinction will be awarded on Wednesday, 12 July 2023 at 5 pm at Warburg Haus (HeilwigstraÃe 116, 20249 Hamburg) by the vice president for studies and teaching at Universität Hamburg, Susanne Rupp. Members of the press are welcome.
This year, the prize is being awarded to 2 prizewinners. The prize is worth €1,500. Dr. Kevin Drews is being recognized for his dissertation in German literature, entitled "Inmitten der Extreme. Ästhetik und Politik bei Walter Benjamin und Salomo Friedlaender.- Iris-Christiane Stavenhagen is receiving the prize for her master’s thesis in Jewish Philosophy and Religion entitled -Die christliche Rezeption der jüdischen Haskala im 18.Jahrhundert am Beispiel Johann Balthasar Kölbele und August Wilhelm Hupe.-
The prize is awarded in memory of Dr. Joseph Carlebach (1883-1942)-the last chief rabbi of the Altona, Hamburg, and Wandsbek Jewish communities-and his daughter, Miriam Gillis-Carlebach (1922-2020).