Gisela Jaacks

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Gisela Jaacks (born August 19, 1944 in Güstrow ) is a German folklorist and former director of the Museum of Hamburg History .


Gisela Jaacks grew up in Lübeck as the daughter of the teacher and rector Gerhard Jaacks. The art historian Günther H. Jaacks (1941–1971), who died early, was her brother.

After graduating from high school, she did an apprenticeship as a bookseller and an internship in publishing. From 1966 she studied folklore and antiquity, history, German, art history, music and theater history at the universities of Hamburg and Kiel .

In 1971 she was awarded a PhD in Hamburg with a folklore dissertation on the Lübeck Folk and Remembrance Festival. phil. PhD. This was followed by a traineeship and then a permanent position at the Museum of Hamburg History. Here she was in charge of the single sheet collection, later also clothing and textiles, paintings and fashion as well as the musical instruments. In 1972 she initiated the series of concerts on the museum's merchant hall .

Since 1993 deputy of the director Jörgen Bracker , she became his successor with effect from January 1st, 2002. She ran the museum until she retired on July 1, 2008. Lisa Kosok was her successor .

From 1986 Gisela Jaacks taught as adjunct professor at the University of the Arts Bremen , the specialist cultural history .


  • The Lübeck folk and remembrance festival [general target shooting]: Investigations into the origin and development of a big city folk festival. Hamburg: Hamburger Museumsverein eV 1971, plus dissertation, Univ. Hamburg, Philos. Fac., 1971 (Folklore Studies 5)
  • Lively folk customs in Schleswig-Holstein. Heide in Holstein: Westholsteinische Verlagsanstalt Boyens 1973 (Small Schleswig-Holstein Books)
2nd edition 1976 ISBN 3-8042-0113-X
  • From Hamburg to Blankenese: people, houses, ships; life on the Elbe around 1900. Hamburg: Christians 1976 ISBN 3-7672-0419-3
  • 300 years of opera in Hamburg: 1678-1978. Hamburg: Christians 1977 ISBN 3-7672-0528-9
  • Musical life in Hamburg during the baroque period. Hamburg: Museum of Hamburg History 1978 (Hamburg portrait 8)
  • This woman saw more: with Ebba Tesdorpf through old Hamburg from the glory to the Kehrwiederspitze. Hamburg: Christians 1978
  • Hamburg in drawings and watercolors of the 19th century. Hamburg: Christians 1980 ISBN 3-7672-0687-0
  • Christmas time in Europe. Hamburg: Jungheinrich 1981
  • (with Renate Paczkowski) organs in Schleswig-Holstein. Heide in Holstein: Westholsteinische Verlagsanstalt Boyens 1981 ISBN 3-8042-0244-6 (Small Schleswig-Holstein Books)
  • (with Nina Gockerell) Christmas customs in Hamburg and northern Germany in Munich and Upper Bavaria. Munich: Bayerische Vereinsbank 1985
  • Hamburg portraits of the 17th century. Hamburg: Museum of Hamburg History 1987 (Hamburg portrait 23)
  • Hamburg zu Lust und Nutz: bourgeois understanding of music between the Baroque and the Enlightenment (1660-1760). Hamburg: Association for Hamburg History 1997 ISBN 3-923356-80-3 (Publication of the Association for Hamburg History 44)
  • (Ed.) Hamburg's history: myth and reality. Hamburg: Ellert & Richter 2008 ISBN 978-3-8319-0315-3

Gisela Jaacks wrote numerous personal articles for the Hamburg biography .


  • Pageants in Hamburg: 1696-1913; bourgeois self-expression and historical awareness; Exhibition May 9 - September 10, 1972, Museum f. Hamburg. History. Hamburg: Hamburger Museumsverein e. V. 1972 (from the show collections 2)
  • Faces and personalities: inventory catalog of the portrait collection in the Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte I: oil paintings, pastels, miniatures, watercolors and drawings. Hamburg: Museum of Hamburg History 1992
  • (with Carsten Prange) Ceremonial and Freedom: Europe in the 18th Century; the world of Johann Adolf Hasse. Museum of Hamburg History 1999
  • Churches, cannons and commerce: guides through the departments from the Middle Ages to the 17th century in the Museum of Hamburg History. Hamburg: Museum for Hamburg History 2003 ISBN 3-9809110-1-2
  • The dream of the city by the sea: port cities from all over the world. Hamburg: Foundation Museum for Hamburg History [2003] ISBN 3-9809110-0-4
  • (with Carsten Prange, Ralf Wiechman) The Neustadt - religious diversity and tolerance. Hamburg: Museum of Hamburg History 2006

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Entry on Gerhard Jaacks in the Rostock matriculation portal
  2. Olof Ahlers : Obituary Günther H. Jaacks , with bibliography by Gisela Jaacks, in: Zeitschrift des Verein für Lübeckische Geschichte und Altertumskunde 51 (1971), p. 138ff
  3. The new mistress of the city's memory. , Die Welt vom December 3, 2001, accessed August 6, 2016
  4. ^ Gisela Jaacks: Farewell to the Hamburg Museum , Hamburger Abendblatt from June 20, 2008, accessed on August 6, 2016
  5. Our honorary professors , HfK Bremen, accessed on August 6, 2016