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The Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women

Features thousands of biographic and thematic essays on Jewish women around the world. Learn more

Barbara Hahn

Barbara Hahn served as Professor of German at Princeton and Vanderbilt University. She is editor in chief of a critical edition of Hannah Arendt’s published and unpublished works and of Rahel Levin Varnhagen’s correspondences and diaries.

Articles by this author

Rahel Levin Varnhagen

Rahel Levin Varnhagen was the first intellectual Jewish woman in German history who established herself as an independent thinker. Her way of writing was dialogical; she wrote to and together with her addressees.

Margarete Susman

Margarete Susman published her first writings, a book of poetry, in 1901 and went on to have a prolific writing career that included plays, books, and journal articles. Susman combined literature and theory, often reflecting seminal texts of modern theory and addressing political issues and women’s rights. Her writings concentrate on the most problematic issues of the modern world: God and human beings, man and woman, Jew and Christian.

Lazarus, Nahida Ruth

Nahida Ruth Lazarus was a German-Jewish cultural and literary critic, author, journalist, and essayist who was born in Berlin to a German-Christian family and converted to Judaism in 1895. She is best known for her published source book, The Jewish Woman (1891), a product of her fundamental interest in both feminism and Judaism that remains an important text for women’s and gender studies.

Henriette Herz

Henriette Herz was one of the great Jewish women who held a “salon” in Enlightenment Berlin. In her memoir, she reflects on Jewish emancipation around 1800.

Sophie Von Grotthuss

Born in Berlin, Sophie von Grotthuss grew up with a mother who resented her Judaism and who married her off at fifteen into an unhappy relationship. In her later years she became a prolific author, but only a few of her works, including a story and a play, have survived.

Lucie Domeier

Polish writer Lucie Domeier is best known for her work critiquing the portrayal and role of women, especially as presented in literature. She wrote several books in the early nineteenth century, most notably her critique in German of Germaine de Staël’s De l’Allemagne, which often addressed the challenges faced by women authors.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Barbara Hahn." (Viewed on December 11, 2023) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/author/hahn-barbara>.


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