About the Institute

The Institute was established in December 1989 on the initiative of Saul Friedländer, at the time Cummings Professor of Modern European History at Tel Aviv University and Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. Friedländer, a world authority on Nazism, the Holocaust, and problems of historical writing and representation, headed the Institute until his retirement from Tel Aviv University in 2000.

Since the very beginning, the main activity of the Institute has been the publication of a twice-yearly journal, History & Memory: Studies in Representation of the Past. Since Volume 2 (1990) the journal has been published by Indiana University Press, which handles subscriptions, marketing and distribution.

About the editors:

Scott Ury, Senior Lecturer in Tel Aviv University's Dept. of Jewish History, became Director of the Institute in 2020 and, in this capacity, also Senior Editor of History & Memory. A scholar of Jewish history in Eastern Europe, Scott Ury's publications include Barricades and Banners: The Revolution of 1905 and the Transformation of Warsaw Jewry (2012), Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism and the Jews of East-Central Europe, co-editor (2014), and Key Concepts in the Study of Antisemitism, co-editor (2020).

Philippa Shimrat has been managing editor of History & Memory since its establishment in 1989 and has had the pleasure of working with all the journal's editors over the years and accompanying its development into a leading scholarly forum in its field.

Shmuel Lederman is a research fellow in the Weiss-Livnat International Center for Holocaust Research and Education at the University of Haifa, a lecturer in the Weiss-Livnat International MA Program for Holocaust Studies at the University of Haifa, and a teaching fellow at the Open University of Israel. His main fields of research are political theory and genocide studies. His first book, Hannah Arendt and Participatory Democracy: A People's Utopia, was published in 2019.


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