About the Institute


The Minerva Institute for German History is an Institute for the research of German history and culture, being part of the Zvi Yavetz School of Historical Studies at the Lester and Sally Entin Faculty of Humanities at the Tel-Aviv University. The Institute was founded in 1971 on the initiative of the late Professor Walter Grab, who served as its first director. Since 1980, the Institute’s activities have been supported by funds from the Ministry of Education and Research of the Federal Republic of Germany, by way of an endowment fund from the Minerva Foundation of the Max Planck Society, Munich.


The Minerva Institute brings together research groups and encourages publication in the areas of German and German Jewish history and culture.


Main activities


  • Publishing a yearbook (Tel Aviver Jahrbuch für deutsche Geschichte) and a series of monographs and edited volumes (Schriftenreihe)
  • Organizing international conferences, colloquia and research seminars
  • Promoting academic exchange and contacts between scholars from Israel, Germany and third countries in the field of German history and culture
  • Hosting students and research fellows from German-speaking countries
  • Providing grants for research students of Tel Aviv University



Previous Directors

Professor Walter Grab (1971-1985)
Professor Shulamit Volkov (1985-1994)
Professor Dan Diner   
Professor Moshe Zuckermann       
Professor José Brunner (2005-2013)


Director Professor Galili Shahar
Managing Director Michal Bondy / Yael Muller (on vacation)
Managing Editor of the Tel Aviv Yearbook       Ursula Kömen
Coordinator Dafna Shetreet