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  • Prof. Moshe Rosman, Israel and Golda Koschitzky Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry

    Prof. Moshe Rosman, Israel and Golda Koschitzky Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry

    Prof. Moshe Rosman to be Honored by Prestigious Polish University

    Date: 2016-07-12 Hour: 10:24

    Prof. Moshe Rosman, an eminent scholar of the history of Polish Jewry, is to be recognized by a prestigious Polish University with which he has longstanding ties.  This November Wroclaw University will award Rosman an honorary doctorate, the University’s Rector, Prof. Marek Bojarski, confirmed in a congratulatory letter to him.  Prof. Rosman observes, "This gesture is confirmation that the history of Polish Jews is now part of mainstream Polish history. For me, it is recognition that my work has had resonance for both Jewish and Polish history."

    Prof. Rosman, of the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry, was only the second foreign scholar working on a Jewish topic to be allowed into the archives of communist Poland. He has since conducted extensive research in Poland, and two of his prize-winning books, The Lords’ Jews (Polish edition: Zydzi Panscy published by the Biblioteka Narodowa) and Founder of Hasidism, are largely based on Polish sources. In addition Prof. Rosman has been a visiting professor at Wroclaw University (which published his book Jak Pisac Historia Zydowskie) and served as a consultant to the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.  He is currently authoring a book about the history of Jewish women in Poland. 

    Two years ago, in an unusual move, the Polish Constitutional Tribunal changed the date of its celebration of a national holiday in honor of the country's pioneering eighteenth century Constitution so that Rosman, who observes the Jewish Sabbath, could participate in the festivities as the keynote speaker. 

    Other institutions with which Rosman has been affiliated include the Universities of Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas, Brandeis, Yale and Harvard Universities, and the École des hautes études en science sociale in Paris. He has won the National Jewish Book Award and the Jordan Schnitzer Book Award in the USA, the Zalman Shazar Prize in Israel, and the Jerzy Milewski Award in Poland.