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German Reparations and the Reconstruction of the Jewish World

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Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies at Columbia University

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German Reparations and the Jewish World has become a standard reference work since it was first published in 1987. Based extensively on archival sources, the author examines the difficult debate within the Jewish world whether it was possible to reach a material settlement with Germany so soon after Auschwitz. Concentrating on how the money was spent in rebuilding Jewish life, Prof. Zweig also analyzes how the reparations payments transformed the relations bteween Israel and the diaspora, and between different Jewish political and ideological groups. Prof. Zweig will share his latest research on the reparations, restitution and indemnification processes from the perspective of 70 years later.

Supported by the generosity of the Kaye Family.


Ronald W. Zweig is the Taub Chair of Israel Studies at New York University and Director of the Taub Center for Israel Studies. He is also the director of the Meyers Paths to Peace program at N.Y.U. Previously Professor Zweig was the director of the Institute for Research in the History of Zionism at Tel Aviv University. He has also been a Visiting Professor at several universities, as well as a Visiting Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge; Yad Vashem, Jerusalem and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Zweig has published three books and many scholarly articles, and edited three collections of essays. From 1983-2000, he edited the Journal of Israeli History, and was also the editor of the online edition of the Palestine Post (1932-1950), a retrospective newspaper digitization project. He earned a Ph.D. in Modern History from the University of Cambridge, England.

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