Birgit Ben-Eli is a Ph.D. candidate in art history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. A graduate of the Free University of Berlin and the University of Vienna, she received her M.A. in art history, archaeology and modern history from the Free University of Berlin. Her main area of expertise and research interest is Jewish art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in Central and Eastern Europe, especially Austria, Germany, and Hungary. Among her research interests she addresses the issues of the role and status of Jews in the arts, Jewish identity, the concept of home and exile, memory and place as well as Jewish identity and femininity.