As part of the School of Historical Studies at the Lester and Sally Entin Faculty of Humanities, the Minerva Institute for German History is the base for the study of German history and culture at Tel Aviv University. Its activities include:
  • publishing a yearbook (Tel Aviver Jahrbuch für deutsche Geschichte) and a series of monographs and edited volumes (Schriftenreihe)
  • organizing international conferences, colloquia and research projects
  • coordinating an undergraduate module in German history and culture at Tel Aviv University
  • promoting academic exchange and contacts between scholars from Israel, Germany and third countries in the field of German history and culture
  • hosting students from German-speaking countries
  • providing travel and maintenance grants for research students of 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, Munich.

Previous Directors
Professor Walter Grab (1971-1985)
Professor Shulamit Volkov (1985-1994)
Professor Dan Diner (1994-2000)
Professor Moshe Zuckermann (2000-2005)
Professor José Brunner (2005-2013)


Director Professor Galili Shahar
Administrative Director Yael Muller
Managing Editor of the Tel Aviv Yearbook Ursula Kömen
Administrative Assistant Nitzan Pozener