Dr Hannah Holtschneider

Senior Lecturer in Jewish Studies


Hannah Holtschneider joined the University of Edinburgh in 2005, following a post-doctoral fellowship at the Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations and the University of Cambridge. She is a cultural historian of twentieth-century Jewish history, with a particular focus on the impact of the Holocaust on Jewish/non-Jewish relations. 

Hannah is the author of 'The Holocaust and Representations of Jews: History and Identity in the Museum' (Routledge 2011) and 'German Protestants Remember the Holocaust: Theology and the Construction of Collective Memory' (Lit. Verlag 2001), as well as numerous articles on Jewish/non-Jewish relations. She is currently PI of a major AHRC-funded project on Jewish migration to Scotland.


MPhil PgDip PhD

Responsibilities & affiliations

School Director of Equality and Diversity.


External Roles

Founding committee Member of British Association for Holocaust Studies.

Co-editor of Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History.

Member of the Weinstein Holocaust Symposium, held biannually at Wroxton College, Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Undergraduate teaching

  • REST08015 Global Religions A: Judaism, Buddhism, Islam
  • REST08018 Religion in Modern Britain
  • REST10034 Jewish-Christian Relations in Modern Times
  • REST10033 Visual Representations of the Holocaust and Religion
  • REST10049 Modern Religious and Ethical Debates in Contemporary Literature

Postgraduate teaching

  • REST11012 Theory and Method in the Study of Religion
  • REST11013 Themes and Explorations in Jewish-Christian Relations
  • REST11017 The Holocaust in Visual Culture

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

I welcome applications from students with a strong academic background in Jewish Studies or another relevant Humanities discipline.

My own expertise primarily lies in the following areas:

  • Modern Jewish cultural history with a focus on Germany, the UK and Scotland
  • Migration, religion and culture
  • Holocaust representation and memorialisation
  • Museum studies
  • Jewish/non-Jewish relations in modern Europe

In addition to these areas of expertise, joint supervision with colleagues in other Subject Areas in the School of Divinity is possible, as well as co-supervision arrangements with colleagues in parts of the University. For a list of staff with a research interest in Jewish Studies, see the Jewish Studies Network webpage. The Jewish Studies Network offers opportunities for graduate students to network within the University of Edinburgh, and with staff and students at other Scottish and northern English universities, and participate in a series of events across the academic year.

For more information please see the Jewish Studies research area page.

Current PhD students supervised

  • Katarina Ockova, Jewish marriage patterns in contemporary Slovakia (PhD Social Anthropology, assistant supervisor 30%).
  • Lizzie Robinson-Self, Poetry in German concentration camps (PhD German Studies, assistant supervsisor 10%).

Past PhD students supervised

  • Louise Gramstrup, PhD Religious Studies, 2017 (principal supervisor).

  • Ryan Tafilowski, PhD Theology, 2017 (principal supervisor).

  • Katie Leggett, PhD Theology, 2014 (assistant supervisor).
  • Sami Helewa, PhD Religious Studies, 2012 (assistant supervisor).

  • Ritske Rensma, PhD Religious Studies, 2008 (assistant supervisor).


  • Clare Dowling-Macdonad, MSc by Research, Theology, 2015 (principal supervisor).
  • Maria Güther, MSc by Research, Cultural Studies, 2013 (assistant supervisor).
  • Konrad Matyjaszek, MSc by Research, Architecture, 2012 (co-supervisor).

Research summary

Hannah researches in the following areas:

  • the effects of the Holocaust on Jewish individuals and groups
  • Holocaust memorialisation
  • representation of Jews in museums
  • Jewish/non-Jewish relations

Current research interests

My work is focused on the AHRC-funded project Jewish Lives, Scottish Spaces: 1) I have completed a monograph entitled "Jewish Orthodoxy in Scotland: Rabbi Dr Salis Daiches and Religious Leadership". This will be published in the Scottish Religious Cultures Series of Edinburgh University Press in 2019. 2) I am researching the extensive archive of Dorrith M. Sim née Oppenheimer, who came to Scotland on the Kindertransport.

Knowledge exchange

You can find regular updates about my research and knowledge exchange/impact activities here: http://jewishmigrationtoscotland.is.ed.ac.uk/ 

Affiliated research centres

Research activities

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Current project grants

2015-2018: 'Jewish Lives, Scottish Spaces: Jewish Migration to Scotland, 1880-1950' (PI, AHRC funded)

View all 27 publications on Research Explorer