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Prof. Guy Miron

Prof. Guy Miron
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The Open University of Israel Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies One University Road P.O.B. 808 Ra’anana 43107, Israel
Office:972-9-7781408 Email:guymiron@openu.ac.il

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Updated: December 2016

Areas Of Interest
  • Modern Jewish History
  • Holocaust Studies
  • German History
  • Historiography

1999
Ph.D. in Jewish History, Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Dissertation: “From ‘There’ to ‘Here’ in First Person. German Jews in Palestine/Israel, Their Self-Consciousness through Patterns of Autobiographical Memory"
1993
M.A. in Jewish History (with distinction), The Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
1990
B.A Humanities and Social Studies (with distinction), Open University of Israel
2014 – Present
Professor of History, The Open University of Israel
2009 - 2014
Associate Professor of Jewish History, Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem.
2003 – 2008
Senior Lecturer of Jewish History, Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem.
2002
Visiting Professor, Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, Rutgers University, NJ
1996 - 2001
Teaching Assistant, Department of Jewish History, The Hebrew University Jerusalem.
1998 - 2001
Teaching Assistant, Department of History, Open University of Israel
2012 – Present
Director of a research center for the study and research of the Holocaust in Germany, International Institute for Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem
2008 – Present
Editor, Bishvil Hazikaron (Legacy), Journal of the International School for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem
2008 – Present
Chair, research and Publication committee, Leo Baeck Institute, Jerusalem

German Jews in Israel – Memories and Past Images, Koebner Center for German History, The Hebrew University Magnes Press, Jerusalem, 2004 (Hebrew)

From Memorial Community to Research Center: The Leo Baeck Institute in Jerusalem, Jerusalem, 2005 (Hebrew)

The Waning of the Emancipation, Jewish History, Memory, and the Rise of Fascism in Germany, France, and Hungary. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2011. (Hebrew Version published by Zalman Shazar Center, Jerusalem, 2011).

Finalist for the 2012 The Yad Vashem International Book Prize for Holocaust Research

“Between Integration and Particularity – the Jewish Emancipation and Existence in Weimar Germany as seen by a Representative of the Jewish Liberal Establishment”, Contemporary Jewry, 11-12 (1998), pp. 99-124 (Hebrew).

 “Autobiography as a Source for Social History – German Jews in Palestine as a Test Case”, Historia, 2 (1998), pp. 103-132 (Hebrew),
[An English version of this article: Tel Aviv Jahrbuch fuer deutsche Geschichte, 29 (2000), pp. 251-281]

 “Between History and ‘useful past picture’: Representations of the Jewish and the German past in the Jewish Liberal historical discourse in Weimar Germany”, Zion, vol 66 (2001), pp. 297-330 (Hebrew).

 “With the Turn of the Millennium: Historical Representations of Hungary in the Struggle over its Identity”, Historia, 11 (2003), pp. 97-131 (Hebrew),

 “Anti-Semitism and Jewish-German Relations: A Retrospective from Israel”, Dapim, Studies on the Shoah, Vol 17 (2002), pp. 99-124. (Hebrew)

“Emancipation and Assimilation in the German Jewish Discourse of the 1930s”, Leo Baeck Institute Year Book 2003 (48), pp. 165-189

 “The Emancipation Heroes’ Pantheon in German-Jewish public memory of the 1930s”, German History, Volume 21 (2003), number 4, pp. 476-504.

“History, Remembrance, and a “Useful Past” in the Public Thought of Hungarian Jewry, 1938–1939”, Yad Vashem Studies, Volume 32 (2004), pp. 131-170 (Hebrew version pp. 107-138)

“Between ‘Center’ and ‘East’ – The Special Way of Jewish Emancipation in Hungary”, Jewish Studies at the CEU, vol 4, 2004-2005, pp. 111-138

“History, Science and Social consciousness in the German-Jewish Public Discourse in the first Years of the Nazi regime”, in: Michael F. Mach & Yoram Jacobson, eds., Historiography and the Science of Judaism (Te’uda, vol 20), Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, 2005, pp. 231-252 (Hebrew)

“Between Berlin and Baghdad – Iraqi Jewish History and The Challenge of Integrated Jewish Historiography”, Zion, vol 71 (2006), pp. 73-98 (Hebrew).

“The German and the German-Jewish Welfare Systems, and the Nazi Policy of Oppression – A Historiographical View”, in: Aspects of Jewish Welfare in Nazi Germany, Search and Research, vol 7, The International Institute for Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, 2006, pp. 9-25

“Conversations on the Jewish Question in Hungary, 1925-1926” (translated and annotated text), Jewish History and Culture, Vol. 7, no. 3 (Winter 2004), pp. 93-109

 “Between Integration and Distinctiveness: The Concept of Emancipation in German Jewish Discourse”, Israel, Studies in Zionism and the State of Israel, Tel Aviv University, No. 9, 2006, pp. 1-24 (Hebrew)

"A 'Useful Past' and the Crisis of the European Jews: Popular Jewish Historiography in Germany, France and Hungary in the 1930s", Iyunim Bitkumat Israel, Studies in Israeli and modern Jewish society, Vol. 18, 2008, pp. 307-339 (Hebrew)

"Retrospectives from the eve of destruction : Historical memory and images of the past in the Hungarian Jewish press, 1938-1944", Dapim; Studies on the Shoah 24 (2010), pp.  65-87 (Parallel Hebrew version pp. 51 – 69)

"From Bourgeois Germany to Palestine: Memoirs of German Jewish Women in Israel", Nashim, A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies & Gender Issues, No. 17 Spring 2009, pp. 116 – 140

"Between Two Worlds: Modern Orthodoxy in Germany as a New Form of Jewish Identity", Israel, Studies in Zionism and the State of Israel, Tel Aviv University, No. 16 (2009), pp. 39 - 61 (Hebrew).

"Bridging the Divide: Holocaust versus Jewish History Research — Problems and Challenges", Yad Vashem Studies 38 (2), 2010, pp. 155 – 193 (Hebrew version pp. 129-160)

"Language, Culture and Space: The Challenges of Jewish Historiography in the Age of the ’Turns’ ", Zion, vol 76 (2011), pp. 63-93 (Hebrew).

"Center or Frontier: Hungary and Its Jews, Between East and West", Journal of Levantine Studies, vol. 1, Summer 2011, pp. 67-91

Modernization, Assimilation, Cultural renewal and public sphere – New perspectives in the Research of Eastern and Central European Jews", Iyunim Bitkumat Israel, Studies in Israeli and modern Jewish society, Vol. 22, 2012, pp. 459-488 (Hebrew)

"A People between Languages – Towards Jewish History of Concepts", Contributions to the History of Concepts, Vol. 7, Issue 2 (Winter 2012), pp. 1-27

"Memory, Historiography and What Lies between Them – Three Decades Since Zakhor", Zion, vol 78 (2013), pp. 107-121 (Hebrew).

" 'Lately, almost constantly, everything seems small to me': The Lived Space of German Jews under the Nazi Regime", Jewish Social Studies, History, Culture. Society, n.s.20 no. 1 (Fall 2014), pp. 121-149

"Exile, Diaspora and Fatherland: Jewish Discourse regarding past and future during the Waning of the Emancipation era in Germany and Hungary", Iyunim Bitkumat Israel, Studies in Israeli and modern Jewish society, (Hebrew), Forthcoming", in: Homeland in Exile: Otherness and Belonging in the Jewish Diaspora, Iyunim Bitkumat Israel, Studies in Israeli and modern Jewish society, Thematic Series vol. 9 (Hebrew), pp. 255-278

""Parental and Custody Struggles in Israel, Feminist Discourse, and the Limits of Gender Equality" (co-writer with Dr. Yoav Mazeh), Democratic Culture (Hebrew), 2015, pp. 81 – 139.

" 'The Politics of Catastrophe Races On. I Wait', Waiting Time in the World of German Jewry Under Nazi Rule," Yad Vashem Studies, 43, 1 (2015): 45-76.

"The 'Lived Time' of German Jews under the Nazi Regime", Journal of Modern History, Forthcoming

“The National Israeli Narrative through German-Jewish Eyes”, in: Anita Shapira, ed., A State in the Making, Israeli Society in the First Decades, Jerusalem, 2001, pp. 161-187 (Hebrew)

“Ein Blick zurück: Judentum und traditionell-jüdische Erinnerungsmuster deutschstämmiger Juden in Palästina/Israel”, in Joachim Jakob und Yotam Hotam (Hg.), Populäre Konstruktionen von Erinnerung im deutschen Judentum und nach der Emigration, Vanderhoeck und Ruprecht, Göttingen, 2004, pp. 197-224

“Between “Center” and “East” – On the Unique Path of Jewish Emancipation in Hungary”, in: Raya Cohen (ed.), European Jews and Jewish Europeans between the Two World Wars, Tel Aviv, 2004, pp. 69-98 (Hebrew)

“From Memorial Community to Research Center: The Leo Baeck Institute in Jerusalem”, in: Christhard Hoffmann, ed., Preserving the Legacy of German Jewry: A History of the Leo Baeck Institute, 1955-2005, Tübingen, 2005 (Schriftenreihe wissenschaftlicher Abhandlungen des Leo Baeck Instituts 70), pp. 101-134

“Books and Libraries as a Cultural Metaphor in the World of German Jews in Israel”, in: Yosef Kaplan & Moshe Sluhovsky, eds., Libraries and Book Collections, The Zalman Shazar Center For Jewish History (Hebrew), Jerusalem, 2006, pp. 351-367

"The Leo Baeck Institute and German-Jewish Historiography on the Holocaust", in David Bankier & Dan Michman, eds., Holocaust Historiography in Context: Emergence, Challenges, Polemics and Achievements, Jerusalem, 2008, pp. 305-323. A different version of this article appeared in French: “Les juifs en Allemagne sous le régime nazi dans l’historiographie israélienne”, in: Revue d`histoire de la Shoah, no 188, janvier/juin 2008, pp. 177-198.

“The Breslau Rabbinical Seminary: The last Generation”, in: From Breslau to Jerusalem, Rabbinical Seminaries: Research and Reflections, The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies & Leo Baeck Institute, Jerusalem, 2009, pp. 86 – 99.

“Zionism and Jewish Nationalism in Germany – On the ‘Special way’ between East and West, in: Allon Gal, ed., World Regional Zionism: Geo-Cultural Dimensions, The Zalman Shazar Center, Jerusalem, 2010, vol 1, pp. 281 - 339 (Hebrew)

“Am Vorabend der Zerstörung: Krisenbewusstsein und Geschichtsverständnis in der ungarisch-jüdischen Presse 1938-1944”, in: François Guesnet (ed.), Zwischen Graetz und Dubnow. Jüdische Historiographie in Ostmitteleuropa im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert (published in the series 'Geschichtswissenschaft und Geschichtskultur im 20. Jahrhundert, Band 10), Akademische Verlagsanstalt, 2009, pp. 223 – 247

Identities in Transformation: From Germany to Eretz-Israel", in: Shlomo Izre'el (ed.). The Speech Machine as a Language Teacher: Hebrew Spoken Here, Hebrew Voices from Nazi Germany: A Testimony on Spoken Hebrew and Life in Palestine during the British Mandate, Tel Aviv University Press, Tel Aviv, 2012, pp. 34-55 (Hebrew)

"A 'Usable Past' and the Crisis of the European Jews: Popular Jewish Historiography in Germany, France and Hungary in the 1930s", Ezra Mendelssohn, Stefani Hoffmann & Richard Cohen, eds., Against the Grain, Jewish Intellectuals in Hard Times, New York & Oxford, Berghahn, 2014, pp. 213 - 239

"Emancipation Jewry in Germany: Historiography, Memory and Legacy", in: Milestones : essays in Jewish history dedicated to Zvi (Kuti) Yekutiel, editors: Immanuel Etkes, David Assaf, Yosef Kaplan, Jerusalem, 2015, pp. 229-237 (Hebrew)

Joseph Eötvös, The Emancipation of the Jews (1840), Translation from Hungarian to Hebrew (with Anna Szalai) and Introduction (pp. 1-21), The Dinur Center, Jerusalem, 2003  (Hebrew)

Jews on the Crossroad – The Discourse on Jewish Identity in Hungary: Between crisis and innovation, co-edited with Anna Szalai, Bar Ilan University press (Hebrew), Ramat Gan, 2008 (Introduction pp. 13 – 55)

From Breslau to Jerusalem, Rabbinical Seminaries: Research and Reflections, The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies & Leo Baeck Institute, Jerusalem, 2009 (Hebrew, Introduction pp. 1-12)

The Yad Vashem Encyclopedia of the Ghettos During the Holocaust, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, 2009 (finalist at the 2010 National Jewish Book Award)

From Berlin to Shanghai: Letters to Eretz-Israel, Sigmund-Shmuel and Gertrud Hirshberg , Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, 2013 (Hebrew, Introduction pp. 7 - 70)

“Jewish in Nazi Germany – A View ‘from Below’ ”, Yad Vashem Studies, vol 28 (1999), pp. 441-460. Review of Marion A. Kaplan, Between Dignity and Despair – Jewish Life in Nazi Germany, Oxford University Press, New York & Oxford, 1998. (Hebrew version pp. 347-361)

Book Review of Peter Alter, ed., Out of the Third Reich, Refugee Historians in Post-War Britain, The German Historical Institute London, London & New York, 1998. Zion, 63 (1999), pp. 410-414 (Hebrew).

Book Review of Eleonore Lappin, Der Jude 1916-1928, Jüdische Moderne zwischen Universalismus und Partikularismus, Leo Baeck Institute & Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, 2000. Zion, 67 (2002), pp. 231-235 (Hebrew).

“The Integrating Jewry - On the Memory and the Actuality of Emancipation Jewry and Its Heritage in our Days”, Gesher, 141 (2000), pp. 59-67 (Hebrew).

“Looking Back from the Holy Land: Judaism and Traditional Jewish forms of Memory in Autobiographies of German Jewish Immigrants in Israel”, Zemanim, Vol. 82 (Spring 2003), pp. 68-84 (Hebrew)

“Confronting Evil: How the Jewish Press in Hungary Dealt with Anti-Semitism From the Late 1930s Until 1944”, Kesher, vol 33 (May 2003), pp. 100-107

“Szemt?l szemben a gonosszal, A magyarországi zsidó újságírás szemben az antiszemitizmussal a harmincas évek végt?l 1944-ig”, Mult és Jöv?, 2004/1-2, pp. 184-194

Book Review of Wolf Gruner, Öffentliche Wohlfahrt und Judenverfolgung. Wechselwirkungen lokaler und zentraler Politik im NS-Staat (1933 - 1942), Institut für Zeitgeschichte, R. Oldenbourg Verlag, München 2002. Zion, 69 (2004), pp. 381-385 (Hebrew).

CD Rom – “Into that Dark Night – Nazi Germany and the Jews 1933-1939” The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 2003 (Co-author)

Book Review of Walter Laqueur, Generation Exodus: The Fate of Young Jewish Refugees from Germany, Hanover and London: Brandeis University Press, 2001, Review in: Journal of Israeli History, Vol. 22, No. 1, 2003, pp. 135-139

Book Review of Katharina Gerstenberger, Truth to Tell, German Women’s Autobiographies and Turn-of-the-Century Culture, Ann Arbor:The University of Michigan Press, 2000 & Miriam Gebhardt, Das Familiengedächtnis, Erinnerung im deutsch-jüdischen Bürgertum 1890 bis 1932, Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 1999, Pp. 229, Review in: The Jewish Quarterly Review, vol 43 (2003), pp. 643-647

Book Review of Amos Elon, The Pity of It all, A History of the Jews in Germany, 1743-1933, Review of the Hebrew Version, Iyunim Bitkumat Israel, Studies in Israeli and modern Jewish society, Vol 15 (2005), pp. 489-497 (Hebrew)

“Von Regisseuren zu Schauspielern: Der Weg deutsch-Jüdischen Zionisten in die Emigration”, in: Moshe Zimmermann & Yotam Hotam, eds., Zweimal Heimat, Die Jeckes zwishen Mitteleuropa und Nahost, Frankfurt a. M., 2005, pp. 59-64

Hebrew Version in: Moshe Zimmermann & Yotam Hotam, eds., Between Two Homelands: The “Yekkes”, Jerusalem, 2005, pp. 55-59

Book Review of Árpád von Klimó, Nation, Konfession, Geschichte. Zur nationalen Geschichtskultur Ungarns im europäischen Kontext (1860-1948), R. Oldenbourg Verlag, München, 2003, Historia, vol 17, February 2006, pp. 113-118 (Hebrew)

Book Review of Steven E. Aschheim, In Times of Crisis, Essays on European Culture, Germans, and Jews, Madison Wisconsin, 2001, Review in: The Jewish Quarterly Review, Volume 96 (Spring 2006), pp. 296-298

Book Review of Yvonne Kleinmann, Neue Orte – neue Menschen, Jüdische Lebensformen in St. Petersburg und Moskau im 19. Jahrhundert, Schriften des Simon-Dubnow-Instituts, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen, 2006, Review in: Jews in Russia and Eastern Europe, Summer 1 (58) 2007, pp. 105-111

"The Jews of Iraq: History and Memory – A New Look: on Reuven Snir's book, Arabness, Jewishness and Zionism," Pe'amim, Studies in Oriental Jewry, 116 - summer 2008, pp. 151-156 (Hebrew)

Book Review of Atina Grossmann, Jews, Germans, and Allies, Close Encounters in Occupied Germany, Princeton University Press, Princeton and Oxford, 2007, Zion, 73 (2008), pp. 525 – 529 (Hebrew).

Book Review of Atina Grossmann, Jews, Germans, and Allies, Close Encounters in Occupied Germany, Princeton University Press, Princeton and Oxford, 2007, Zion, 73 (2008), pp. 525 – 529 (Hebrew).

"Between Baghdad and Ramat Gan: Iraqi Jews in Israel, By Esther Meir-Glitzenstein", Review Essay, Israel, Studies in Zionism and the State of Israel, Tel Aviv University, No. 15 (2009), pp. 193 - 204 (Hebrew).

Book Review of Elisheva Carlebach, Palaces of Time, Jewish Calendar and Culture in Early Modern Europe, The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge Massachusetts & London, 2011, Zemanim, Vol. 118 (Spring 2012), pp. 124-127 (Hebrew)

Book Review of "Youthful Plots: Autobiographies of Polish-Jewish Youth Between the Two World Wars, Selected Edited and Translated by Ido Bassok", Israel, Studies in Zionism and the State of Israel, Tel Aviv University, No. 20 (2012), pp. 219 - 224 (Hebrew).

Book Review of "Seeking a Homeland: The Jewish Territorial Organization and its struggle with the Zionist Movement, 1905 – 1925, By Gur Alroey", Israel, Studies in Zionism and the State of Israel, Tel Aviv University, No. 21 (2013), pp. 283 - 288 (Hebrew).

The National Israeli Narrative seen through the Eyes of the Emigrants from Germany”, Conference sponsored by the Historical Society of Israel “Fifty Years of the State of Israel”, April 1998, Jerusalem.

German Jews in Palestine/Israel - Their Self- Patterns of Autobiographical Memory”, Third Leo Baeck Institute Seminar for European and Israeli Historians, March 2000, Jerusalem.

Books and Libraries as Metaphors for Cultural Identity in the Writing of German Jews in Israel”, Conference sponsored by the Historical Society of Israel “Libraries and Book Collections”, June 2000, Jerusalem.

Jewish Identity in Germany – A Retrospective Look from Eretz Israel”, Conference sponsored by the Historical Society of Israel “Jewish Identity at the End of the Millenium”, December 2000, Jerusalem.

Historical Consciousness in Times of Crisis: German-Jewish Historical Discourse in the inter-war Period”, Public Lecture at the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry, Brandeis University, February 2002

 “Jewish Regeneration under Siege: The Challenge of German Jewry in the 1930s”, Public Lecture at Central European University, Budapest, February 2005

The Nation-State and Other Political Traditions of the Jewish People, International Conference, The Chaim Weizmann Institute For the Study of Zionism and Israel, Tel Aviv University, November 2005

Immigranten deutscher Herkunft in Israel – Erinnerung und Autobiographie”, Public Lecture at Freie Universität, Berlin, January 2006

23rd Annual AIS Conference: Israel as an Immigrant Society, International Conference, The Open University of Israel, Raanana, June 2007

"Schism, Sectarianism and Jewish Denominationalism: Hungarian Jewry in a Comparative Perspective", Central European University, Budapest, October 2009

Conservative Judaism: Halakhah, Culture and Sociology, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, December 2009

Culture & Catastrophe in Modern European History, International Conference, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, May 2010

Between minority and majority, Hungarian and Jewish/Israeli ethnical and cultural experiences in the last centuries, Balassi Bálint Institute, Budapest, May 2011

Jewish Historiography Between Past and Future, 200 Years of Wissenschaft des Judentums, International research Workshop, Leo Baeck Institute, Jerusalem, August 2011

Citizenship, Equality and Civil Society, The 200th Anniversary of the Prussian Emancipation Edict for the Jews – 1812, International Conference, Leo Baeck Institute & Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center, Jerusalem, March 2013

13th EAJS Summer Colloquium ‚ The Jewish-Theological Seminary of Breslau, the ‘Science of Judaism’ and the Development of a Conservative Movement in Germany, Europe, and the United States (1854-1933), Oxford, July 2013