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  • Prof. Rosman upon receiving the honor

    Prof. Rosman upon receiving the honor

    Polish University Honors Moshe Rosman, Professor of Jewish History

    Date: 2016-11-16 Hour: 11:38

    On November 15, the anniversary of its founding in 1702, Wroclaw University in Poland holds a convocation. Each year it grants the degree of doctor honoris causa to one scholar who has made a signal contribution to his or her field of study. This year's honoree is Bar Ilan's Prof. Moshe Rosman. 

    Prof. Rosman, of the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Department of Jewish History, was singled out for his prodigious contribution to the field of Polish-Jewish history. The honorary citation noted Rosman's pioneering research on the history of Polish-Jewish relations, Hasidism, historical methodology and the history of Jewish women. It also emphasized his impact on the development of Jewish Studies as an academic discipline, especially in Poland, and his intensive work with students at all degree levels.

    In his own remarks accepting the honorary doctorate, Rosman described how both Poland and Polish historiography had changed profoundly since his first research trip there in 1978. He noted the connection between the democratization of Poland and the reclaiming of its Jewish heritage. Most of all he emphasized how Jews have been re-inserted into the Polish historical narrative.

    After the ceremony there was a gathering in Wroclaw's historic White Stork Synagogue of Prof. Rosman's colleagues, students and friends from all over Poland. It was an enthusiastic celebration of his scholarly career and long association with the Polish academic and Jewish communities.

    Rosman 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.