Matthias Springborn

Matthias Springborn joined the department Europe of the Georg Eckert Institute in July 2015 as a research fellow within the GEI project “Migration and Education in Germany since 1945” and is currently working on his doctoral thesis, affiliated to the University of Potsdam, on the history of Jewish youth education within the borders of today's Federal Republic of Germany since 1945.

He studied history and German philology at the Georg August University in Göttingen from 2008 to 2015. His master’s thesis addressed the ‘Life Reform’ movement, Jewish anti-Zionism, and examined the so-called ‘Ethical Seminars’ held by the teacher Friedrich Kettner (1886-1957) in Czernowitz in the years 1919-23. („Lebensreform und jüdischer Antizionismus. Das „Ethische Seminar“ des Lehrers Friedrich Kettner (1886-1957) im Czernowitz der Jahre 1919-23.“) The thesis was published in a shortened version in 2017 by the publishing house Ralf Liebe as the main contribution for the Rose Ausländer Society's year book. During his studies he chose to focus on the themes of German-Jewish history and exodus, displacement and migration.

From December 2014 to February 2015 he completed a work placement in the archive of the German-speaking Jewry Heritage Museum in Tefen, Israel.

From 2011 to 2013 Matthias Springborn worked as a student assistant in the course for German Philology in Göttingen, primarily involved in literary, biographical and genealogical research in a project examining the correspondence of the German-Jewish philosopher, social critic, and opponent of anti-Semitism, Constantin Brunner (1862-1937). This was a collaborative project with the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center in Jerusalem and resulted in the publication "Constantin Brunner. Ausgewählte Briefe 1884-1937“ (2012) by the Wallstein-Verlag.


  • Board member of the Constantin Brunner Foundation in Hamburg since 2013
  • Board member of the International Constantin Brunner Institute (The Hague) since 2014: 



  • Oral History in der zeithistorischen Bildungsmedienforschung – Anwendung, Intersubjektivität und kommunizierte Erinnerung, in: Rath, Imke (Ed.): Methoden und Theorien der Bildungsmedien‐ und Bildungsforschung. Ein Werkstattbericht von Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen und ‐wissenschaftlern des Georg‐Eckert‐Instituts. (Eckert. Dossiers, 14), 2017, p. 24–34, online under
  • Das "Ethische Seminar" des Lehrers Friedrich Kettner im Czernowitz der Jahre 1919-23, in: Jahrbuch 2015, Weilerswist 2017, p. 7–102 (Schriftenreihe der Rose-Ausländer-Gesellschaft e.V., 23)
  • Das literarische Vermächtnis jüdischer DPs: Eine Doppelrezension., collective review, in: Medaon – Magazin für jüdisches Leben in Forschung und Bildung, 10 (2016), 19, p. 1–7, online under


  • Organizing Education and Knowledge in the DP Camps and the Newly Formed Jewish Communities of Germany (Oct. 7, 2017), part of the panel: Kinship, Knowledge, and Migration (2): Knowledge across Borders: Children as Learners, Producers, and Translators of Knowledge in Central Europe in the 20th Century (sponsored by the German Historical Institute Washington DC) at the 41st Annual Conference of the German Studies Association in Atlanta, Georgia/USA, October 5th – 8th, 2017