Since its beginnings in the 1980s, the Geschichtswerkstatt has been intensively concerned with Tübingen's Jewish history. A 1988 exhibition at the Volkshochschule (adult education center) was followed by the publication of “Zerstörte Hoffnungen. Wege der Tübinger Juden” (Destroyed Hopes. Paths of Tübingen Jews) in 1995.
This book illuminates the role of Tübingen Jews in the public, in politics, and in commerce as well as describes anti-semitism and exclusion since 1933. In addition, it sheds light on a number of emigrants' stories and lives in exile. Moreover, an exchange of letters documents the desperate situation of the cattle-trading Löwenstein family shortly before their deportation into death. The book received many favorable reviews. An excerpt (in German) can be found here: Buch Zerstörte Hoffnungen - Wege der Tübinger Juden, S. 8-78