Prof. Iris Rachamimov

חוג להסטוךיה כללית סגל אקדמי בכי׹
Prof. Iris Rachamimov
External phone: 03-6424277
Fax: 03-6496229
Office: Gilman-humanities, 463


Prof. Iris Rachamimov teaches modern history of Central and Eastern Europe at the Department of History with a special emphasis on the Habsburg Monarchy, World War I, LGBT History and Gender. She received her Ph.D. in 2000 from Columbia University, where she studied under the guidance of István Deák. Her book POWs and the Great War: Captivity on the Eastern Front (2002) was awarded the Fraenkel Prize for Contemporary History for a first major work. Her article "The Disruptive Comforts of Drag" was published in the April 2006 issue of the American Historical Review, and has written the chapter of military captivity in the latest edition of the Cambridge History of War, (2012). Her work appeared so far in six languages. She is currently working on two book-length projects: a study of mass internment during the First World War, and a book entitled  Islands of Men: Shifting Gender Boundaries in World War I Internment Camps

She has been the Director of the Cummings Center for Russian and East European Studies since 2009 and Editor of the Hebrew-language historical Journal Zmanim since 2014. During the year 2008-2009 she was a fellow of the Stanford Humanities Center 



1986-1990                                                         Jerusalem

TheHebrewUniversity                      Jerusalem                                                                   

Major: European History.

Minors:  Philosophy, Russian studies and Classics.


Magna cum Laude


TheHebrewUniversity                     Jerusalem

Modern European History


Summa cum Laude.



New York,USA

Modern European History


Cum Laude




New York,USA

Modern European History

Ph D.

Awarded with Distinction.

Research Students

Ph.D. Students


  1.  Dr. Uri Ganani Heroines, Female Singers and Spectators:  Politics and Imagination in the Operatic World of Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal, 1909-1933 (awarded 2013)
  2. Ms. Vera Michlin Russian National Identification in the Post-Soviet Era  (Current with Dr. Vera Kaplan as Co- Adviser)
  3. Mr. Assaf Mond The Changing Urban Space of Great-War London, 1914-1918 (Current)
  4. Ms. Ella Ayalon, Orphans and Orphanhood in Israel/Palestine 1900-1960 (Current with Prof. Yael Darr as Co-Adviser)
  5. Prof. (Emerita) Ruth Landau

MA Students

  1. Mr. Shemaya Levi, The Jews of Bulgaria 1944-1949, (awarded 2003 Magna Cum Laude)
  2. Mr. Haim Tsarfati, The Evacuation of German POWs from North Africa during WWII, (Awarded, 2007)
  3. Mr. Yair Schwartz, Distasteful Pleasures: Parisian Entertainments of the fin-de-siècle, (awarded 2010,Magna Cum Laude).
  4. Mr. Alon Posner, British Intelligence in Egypt 1889-1916, (awarded 2011, Summa Cum Laude).
  5.  Mr. Assaf Mond, Zeppelinophobia: The Fear and Fascination in face of the Zeppelin Raids on Britain during the First World War, (awarded 2012, Summa cum Laude)
  6. Ms. Ella Ayalon, Orphanhood in the Jewish Community in Jerusalem during First World War and Its Aftermath (1914 - 1920), (awarded 2013, Magna cum Laude)
  7.  Mr. Gil Engelstein, Once I Was One, Now I Am Many': Life Histories of Transgender Women in Israel, 1948-1986" (Current)
  8. Ms. Tali Opatowski,Wearing Identities: Dress and Citizenship in World War II Britain (Current)
  9. Mr. Dudu Metsuyanim (Current)
  10. Mr. Roy Korany (Current)
  11. Mr Nir Zeid (Current) From the 'pathological subject' to 'Solidarity among the outcast': Reactions of Homosexuals to the AIDS epidemic, and the identity formation of the gay community in Israel, 1983-1999.
  12. Ms. Ronit Or-Domb (Current)


  1. POWs and the Great War: Captivity on the Eastern Front,  The Legacy of the Great War Series (Oxford and New York: Berg Publishers, 2002) pp. 259. Distributed in theUnited States byNew YorkUniversity Press. Published both in hardcover and paperback editions. Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History, Section B: For First Major Monograph
  2. "The Disruptive Comforts of Drag: (Trans)Gender Performances among Prisoners of War in Russia, 1914-1920," American Historical Review April 2006, Vol.111.2 (2006), 362-382.
  3. Military Captivity in Two World Wars: Legal Frameworks and Camp Regimes," Cambridge History of War, Volume 4 War and the Modern World, 1850-2005, eds. Roger Chickering, Dennis Showalter, Hans van de Ven (Cambridge University Press, 2012), 214-235.
  4. Bürgerliche Historiografie des Ersten Weltkrieges:  'Der große    Krieg' in neuzeitlichen akademischen Darstellungen," Tel Aviver Jahrbuch für  deutsche Geschichte, Vol. 42 (2014).
  5. " Camp Domesticity: Shifting Gender Boundaries in WWI Internment Camps." In Gillian C. Carr and H. Mytum (eds.), Cultural Heritage and Prisoners of War: Creativity Behind Barbed Wire. (London: Routledge, 2012), 291-305. 
  6. "Tempo immobile e trasgressione di genere: Il mondo liminale dei campi di internamento della Grande Guerra "(Frozen Time and Gender Transgression: The Liminal World of WWI Internment Camps)  Genesis
    Rivista della Società Italiana delle Storiche
    XII/2 2013, 141-170
  7. .'Er war […], was er darstellte', Geschlechterüberschreitungen in den Internierungslagern des Ersten Weltkriegs", Mein Kamerad - Die Diva: Theater an der Front und in Gefangenenlagern des Ersten Weltkriegs,: Julia B. Köhne, Britta Lange, Anke Vetter (Hg.), ( München: edition text + kritik, 2014), 115-127.
  8.  "Seuils et transgressions: infractions aux norms sociales dans les camps d'internement de la Première Guerre mondiale", La captivité de guerre au XXe siècle - Des archives, des histoires, des mémoires  edited by Anne-Marie Pathé et Fabien Théofilakis. (Paris: Armand Colin, 2012), p.106-117.
  9. Normalität als Travestie: Das Theaterleben k.u.k. Kriegsgefangenenoffiziere in Rußland, 1914-1920, Glanz – Gewalt – Gehorsam. Militär und Gesellschaft in der Habsburgermonarchie (1800 bis 1918) eds. Laurence Cole, Martin Scheutz, Christa Hämmerle-Ehrmann,  (Klartext Verlag Essen 2010),  101-126.  
  10.  "ההיסטוךיוגך׀יה האזךחית של מלחמת העולם הךאשונה: 'המלחמה הגדולה' בכתיבה האקדמית העכשווית", היסטוךיה: כתב העת של החב׹ה ההיסטוךית הישךאלית גיליון  33 (2014), גיליון מיוחד על מלחמת העולם הךאשונה, 9-34
  11. "קסמו המעךעך של הד׹אג – תיאטךון חושה-מגד׹ במחנות שבויים בךוסיה במלחמת העולם הךאשונה " זמנים 98 ( א׀ךיל, 2006)  107-117 

  12. My Soul is the Daughter of Shem, Ham and Japheth”: Avigdor Hameiri and the Dilemmas of Identification of Austro-Hungarian Jews, Simon Dubnow Institute Yearbook (DIYB)/ Jahrbuch des Simon-Dubnow-Instituts (JBDI),  5 (2006): 135–157.
  13. "Kollektív önmeghatározás és az osztrák–magyar zsidók. Avigdor Hameiri (1914–1918)," in Hungarian [Collective Identifications and Austro-Hungarian Jewry: Avigdor Hameiri 1914-1918], Múlt és Jövő, 2006:1, 45-61. [Reprinted in A daloló máglya: Ady és a Biblia - Versek, cikkek 1916-ig, 295-345.
  14. "Collective Identifications and Austro-Hungarian Jews (1914–1918): The Contradictions and Travails of Avigdor Hameiri," in The Limits of Loyalty, edited by Laurence Cole and Daniel Unowsky, , (New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2007) 178-198. 
  15. “’Female Generals’ and ‘Siberian Angels’: Aristocratic Nurses and the Austro-Hungarian POW Relief”, in Gender and Wartime Violence in Twentieth-Century Eastern Europe,eds. Nancy Wingfield and Maria Bucur,  (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006), 23-46
  16.  “Arbiters of Allegiance: Austro-Hungarian Censors during World War I,” in Constructing Nationalities in East Central Europe. eds. Pieter Judson and Marsha Rozenblit,   (New York,Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2005), 157-177.
  17.   אמנת האג והיחס לשבויי מלחמת העולם הךאשונה," היסטוךיה: כתב העת של החב׹ה ההיסטוךית הישךאלית גיליון  14 (2004) עמ'49-91.
  18.  'המ׀ץ הגדול' של הלאומיות: מלחמת העולם הךאשונה והיוו׊ךות זהויות לאומיות,"  ×–מנים גיליון 86 (א׀ךיל 2004), עמ' 82-95
  19.  “Provinicial Compromises and State Patriotism in fin-de-siècle, Austria-Hungary,” Tel Aviver Jahrbuch für deutsche Geschichte Vol.XXX (2002), pp.116-128.
  20.  “Imperial Loyalties and Private Concerns: Nation, Class and State in the Correspondence of Austro-Hungarian POWs in Russia”, Austrian History Yearbook, Vol. 31 (2000), pp.87-105
  21.  Alltagssorgen und politische Erwartungen: Eine Analyse von Kriegsgefangenenkorrespondenzen in den Beständen des Österreichischen Staatsarchiv“[Everyday Concerns and Political Expectations: an Analysis of POW Correspondence in the Holdings of the Austrian National Archives], in Zeitgeschichte (Austria), Heft 11/12  1998, pp. 348-356.
  22. Diaspora Nationalism’s Pyrrhic Victory: The Controversy Regarding the  Bukovinian Electoral Reform of 1909”, State and Nation Building in East Central Europe: Contemporary Perspectives, ed. John Micgiel, (New York: Columbia University: Institute on East Central Europe, 1996), pp. 1-16.
  23. "'הישיאה הגדולה מן האוניבךסיטה': נשיךת סטודנטים באוניבךסיטה העבךית  (1925-1948),"   ×‘ תולדות האוניבךסיטה העבךית, כ׹ך ב', עוךכת חגית לבסקי. (יךושלים: הו׊את מאגנס תשס"ט) 343-367.

Book Reviews

  1. Christa Ehrmann-Hämmerle. Heimat/Front. Geschlechtergeschichte/n des Ersten Weltkriegs in Österreich-Ungarn. Wien/Köln/Weimar: Böhlau Verlag 2014 forthcoming, Austrian History Yearbook
  2. Anna Krylova,  Soviet Women in Combat: A   History of Violence on the Eastern Front (Cambridge University Press, 2010). In  ASPASIA,  Vol. 8, 2014., 214-219
  3. Laurie S. Stoff, They Fought for the Motherland: Russia's Women Soldiers World War I and the Revolution (University Press of Kansas, 2006) in ASPASIA, v.4, (2010), 225-2
  4. Timothy Snyder. The Red Prince: The Secret Lives of a Habsburg Archduke. ( New York: Basic Books, 2008), The American Historical Review Vol. 114, Issue 1 (2009)  236-237
  5. Pieter M. Judson. Guardians of the Nation:   Activists on the Language Frontiers of Imperial Austria, (Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press. 2006). The American Historical Review Vol. 112, Issue 5 (2007). 1635-1636.
  6.  Allen J. Frantzen, Bloody Good: Chivalry, Sacrifice and the Great War  (Chicago:University of Chicago Press, 2004), European History Quarterly.
  7. שמעון ׹דליך, יחד ולחוד בבז'ז'ני: ׀ולנים, יהודים ואוק׹אינים 1919-1945, (בא׹ שבע:הו׊את הס׀ךים של אוניבךסיטת בן גו׹יון, 2005)  ×–מנים 95
  8.  Reinhard Nachtigal, Russland und seine österreichisch-ungarischen Kriegsgefangenen 1914-1918, (Grunbach: Greiner Verlag, 2003)  Austrian History Yearbook Vol.XXXVI (2005)
  9.  John Horne and Alan Kramer, German Atrocities 1914: A History of Denial, (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001) H-German-H-Net Reviews (September 2004)
  10. Vasilis Vourkoutiotis, Prisoners of War and the German High Command: The British and American Experience, (New York, Macmillan Palgrave, 2003),  H-War -H-Net Reviews (March 2004
  11. Reinhard Nachtigal Die Murmanbahn. Die Verkehrsanbindung eines kriegswichtigen Hafens und das Arbeitspotential der Kriegsgefangenen 1915 bis 1918 [The Murman Railway: The Transportation Link of War- Essential Port and the Labor Potential of the POWs 1915-1918] . (Grunbach: Greiner, 2001)   Austrian History Yearbook  Vol.XXXIV (2003), pp. 348-350.
  12. (סטיבן אמב׹וז יום ה׀לישה: הנחיתה בנו׹מנדי המב׊ע האמ׀יבי הגדול בהיסטוךיה, זמנים 84 עמ' 105-8(סתיו 2003 
  13. Deborah Cohen The War Come Home, H-German-H-Net Reviews May 2003
  14. Marsha L. Rozenblit, Reconstructing A National Identity: The Jews of Habsburg Austria during World War I (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000), HABSBURG-H-Net Reviews, October, 2001.

Encyclopedia Entries

  1.  “World War One: the Eastern Front” in Encyclopedia of POWs and Internment, ed. Jonathan Vance,  (ABC Clio 2000), pp.321-323
  2. “The Czech Legion”, in Encyclopedia of POWs and Internment, ed. Jonathan Vance,  (ABC Clio 2000), pp.68-69
  3. “Elsa Brändström” in Encyclopedia of POWs and Internment, ed. Jonathan Vance,  (ABC Clio 2000), p.31
  4. "יהודים ולא יהודים במונ׹כיה ההבסבוךגית: חילונם של היחסים בין היהודים לאומות העולם," התקבל ל׀ךסום ב-- אנ׊יקלו׀דיה לתךבות יהודית חילונית עוךך דוד שחם                          
  5.    “The Habsburg Monarchy,” History in Dispute: World War I ed. Dennis Showalter, vol. 9, 136-8 (Manly Publishers:Columbia SC, 2004).
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