Since 1998, unemployed youth have been researching Jewish history in their home town of Freiberg and neighboring Czech cities as part of a job qualification program to become “specialists for information and media services”. Besides working in archives and meeting eyewitnesses, they also tend and document Jewish cemeteries in Saxony and North Bohemia. Project derived from partner website “Lernen aus der Geschichte”.
The conference „Lives Beyond Borders. Toward a Social History of Cosmopolitans and Globalization, 1880-1960” pointed out the need for new methods of biographical research with regards to international individuals. The three variants of methodological approaches to transboundary lives – transcultural entanglement, territoriality, and performativity – could be applied to most of the biographies presented at this conference.