Vol. 2 | Rahel Varnhagen | Editorial Introduction


We wish to thank the Hamburger Stiftung zur Förderung von Wissenschaft und Kultur, which supported our work with a generous grant. Vanderbilt University then made possible our further work. We would like to extend particular thanks to Lauren Benton, Dean of the College of Arts and Science through 2017, and Nicholas Zeppos, Chancellor through 2019. We would also like to thank Andrea Bör, chancellor of the Freie Universität Berlin, for her support.

Rahel Varnhagen. Lebensgeschichte einer deutschen Jüdin / The Life of a Jewish Woman was produced in close collaboration with Brigitte Grote und Sibylle Söring (CeDiS, Freie Universität Berlin). We would like to thank the Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek (SUB) and the Freie Universität, each of whom have supported the edition by underwriting a halftime research assistant in Digital Humanities.

We are grateful to Jerry Kohn (Hannah Arendt Bluecher Literary Trust), who from the start has effectively supported us and done much to smooth our path toward the necessary contracts for a digital and print edition of Arendt’s works. We would also like to thank Valerie Borchardt and the Literary agency Georges Borchardt Inc.

We wish to thank Helene Tiger, Bard College Library, Frank Mecklenburg and Regine Evers, Leo Baeck Institute New York, Jan Bürger and Heidrun Fink, DLA Marbach, Sarah Funke Butler, Dobkin Collection of Feminism, New York. They all were of indispensable help when we worked at these archives and provided us with scans and photocopies.

Many archives and libraries provided us with scans of typescripts and letters. We thank Regina Elzner, Deutsches Exilarchiv 1933-1945 in der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek; Christine Harckensee-Roth, Hannah-Arendt-Zentrum Oldenburg; Sandra Leibner, Historisches Archiv des Bayerischen Rundfunks; Christina Möller, Archiv der Akademie der Künste Berlin.

For providing us with important information we thank Yuval Demalah, Gershom Scholem Library, National Library of Israel in Jerusalem; Geoffrey Dobbs, Goethe-Institut New York; Patrick Erdmann, Documentation and Archives, Norddeutscher Rundfunk; Jörg-Uwe Fischer, Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv; Lauren Goss, Reference and Research Services Archivist, University of Oregon Libraries; Mary Haegert, Houghton Library, Harvard University; Marianne LaBatto, Brooklyn College Library; Scout Noffke, Rauner Special Collections Library, Dartmouth College; Martin Willems, Heinrich-Heine-Institut, Rheinisches Literaturarchiv.

We thank Thomas Meyer, Berlin, for his support; Moritz Schumm proofread the TEI documents.

We wish to thank the holders of the rights of the correspondences with Glenn Gray, Gertrud Jaspers, Clara and Richard Winston, and Bernhard Zeller.