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Head of the Department: Prof. Eli Lederhendler

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Advisor to Graduate Students: Prof. Eli Lederhendler


Prof Otto Dov Kulka


Incumbent of the Sol Rosenbloom Chair of Jewish History.

The main field of research and teaching at the University has been the early modern history; Jewish thought in the 16th century; History of Antisemitism; Jewish history under the National-Socialist Rule; Christian-Jewish relations from the 16th to the 20th century.

The central effort in scholarly work has been to create a primary base for research on the history of the Jews under the National-Socialist rule and to develop scientific criteria which would make it possible to integrate this central topic in Jewish and Universal history of the Twentieth Century.

Central works: Deutsches Judentum unter dem Nationalsozialismus, (Mohr Siebeck) Tübingen 1997; O. D. Kulka and Eberhard Jäckel (eds.), The Jews in the Secret Nazi-Reports on Popular Opinion in Germany, 1933-1945, (Yale University Press) New Haven 2010; O. D. Kulka (ed.), Judaism and Christianity Under the Impact of National Socialism 1919-1945, (The Historical Society of Israel) Jerusalem 1987.

In the field of non-scientific literature: Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death. Reflections on Memory and Imagination, (Penguin Books) London 2013.

Among articles on various historical periods: "The Historical Background of the National and Educational Teaching of Rabbi Bezalel of Prague: A Suggested New Approach to the Study of Maharal", in: Zion 50 (1985), 277-320 (Hebrew with English summary); “The Critique of Judaism in Modern European Thought: On the Historical Meaning of Modern Anti-Semitism", in: Jerusalem Quarterly 52 (Fall 1989), 126-144.

Public activities in historical research: Leo Baeck Institute, Jerusalem, Member of Executive Board; Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Member of Executive Board; the periodical Yad Vashem Studies, Member of Editorial Board.

Prizes and rewards: Arnold Wiznitzer Prize, Hebrew University (1998); Buchman Memorial Prize, Yad Vashem (1998); Geschwister Scholl Preis, München (2013); Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize/Jewish Book Week, London (2014);


Photo attached (by Atta Awisat, 2005)