Međunarodna konferencija “Jews in the Balkans: History, Religion, Culture” (Split, 8.-10. svibnja 2017.)
Na Filozofskom fakultetu Sveučilišta u Splitu od 8. do 10. svibnja 2017. održana je međunarodna znanstvena konferencija Židovi na Balkanu: povijest, religija i kultura. Organizatori konferencije bili su Moses Mendelssohn Instituti u Potsdamu i Zagrebu te Filozofski fakultet Sveučilišta u Splitu. Cilj je konferencije bio raspraviti o različitostima i dinamičnosti života Židova na Balkanu; na području gdje su, osobito prije II. svjetskog rata, Židovi igrali značajnu ulogu u društvenom, kulturnom i ekonomskom razvoju.
Od suradnika na projektu na konferenciji je sudjelovao dr. sc. Branko Ostajmer, izlaganjem na temu Marcus Ehrenpreis – a Rabbi in Đakovo 1896–1900. Izlaganje je prezentirano u sekciji s temom “Židovi kao prenosioci političkog, kulturnog i religijskog transfera”, a osobit je naglasak postavljen na ulogu sustava školovanja u transferu ideja diljem zemalja Habsburške Monarhije.
Sažetak izlaganja dr. Ostajmera:
Marcus Ehrenpreis – a Rabbi in Đakovo 1896–1900
During his long life, Marcus (Markus Mordechai) Ehrenpreis (Lviv, Ukraine, 1869 – Saltsjöbaden, Sweden, 1951) lived and worked in different parts of Europe, being at the same time not only a witness, but also the protagonist of many important historical events and processes, including those most tragic from the period of the World War II. He left an especially deep mark in Sofia, Bulgaria, where he was the Chief Rabbi of Bulgaria (from 1900 to 1914), and in Stockholm, Sweden, where from 1914 up to his death he was the Chief Rabbi of Sweden. Therefore, these two phases of his life are the most thoroughly presented and discussed in the historiography. However, less is known about the time in the beginning of his religious service when Ehrenpreis spent four years (1896–1900) as a Rabbi in a small town called Đakovo in Croatia. At the turn of the 20th century, Đakovo, located in the center of the eastern Croatian region of Slavonia, was a town with some 4,000 inhabitants, but it was important as a diocese and as the seat of the Bishop Josip Juraj Strossmayer, a prominent Croatian political and religious leader of the time. The aim of the presentation is to widen the knowledge of Ehrenpreis’s life by thorough research of his years spent in Croatia. Special emphasis will be put on his efforts to promote the Zionist idea in Slavonia, which were the beginnings of Zionism in Croatia, and on his relationship with Bishop Strossmayer.