Yfaat Weiss

Yfaat Weiss

Visting Professor and Anna Lindh Fellow, The Europe Center

Encina Hall
616 Serra Street
Stanford, CA 94305-6165

Research Interests

German and Central European history, Jewish and Israeli history and questions of ethnicity, nationalism, nationality and emigration.

Bio

Professor Yfaat Weiss teaches in the department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry and heads The Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History. In 2008-2011 she headed the School of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and in 2001-2007 she headed the Bucerius Institute for Research of Contemporary German History and Society at the University of Haifa. Weiss was a Senior Fellow at the International Research Center for Cultural Studies (IFK) in Vienna (2003), a visiting scholar at Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture in Leipzig (2004), a visiting Fellow at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research (2005-2006), at the Remarque Institute of European modern history of the University of New York (2007) and at the International Institute for Holocaust Research – Yad Vashem (2007-2008).

In 2012 she was awarded the Hannah Arendt Prize for Political Thought.

The scope of her publications covers German and Central European History, and Jewish and Israeli History. Her research concentrates on questions of ethnicity, nationalism, nationality and emigration.  A selected list of her publications include:

  • Schicksalsgemeinschaft im Wandel: Jüdische Erziehung im nationalsozialistischen Deutschland 1933- 1938. Hamburger Beiträge zur Sozial- und Zeitgeschichte Band XXV. Hamburg: Christians, 1991
  • Zionistische Utopie – israelische Realität:Religion und Politik in Israel. München: C.H. Beck, Eds. Michael Brenner., 1999
  • Staatsbürgerschaft und Ethnizität: Deutsche und Polnische Juden am Vorabend des Holocaust. Schriftenreihe der Vierteljahreshefte für Zeitgeschichte. München: Oldenbourg, 2000
  • Challenging Ethnic Citizenship: German and Israeli Perspectives on Immigration. New York:Berghahn, Eds. Daniel Levy., 2002
  • Lea Goldberg, Lehrjahre in Deutschland 1930-1933. Toldot – Essays zur jüdischen Geschichte und Kultur. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2010
  • A Confiscated Memory: Wadi Salib and Haifa's lost Heritage. New York:Colombia University Press, 2011
  • Before & After 1948: Narratives of a Mixed City. Amsterdam: Republic of Letters, Eds. Mahmoud Yazbak., 2011
  • Kurz hinter der Wahrheit und dicht neben der Lüge: Zum Werk Barbara Honigmanns, München: Fink, Eds. Amir Eshel., 2013
  • "...als Gelegenheitsgast, ohne jedes Engagement". Jean Améry", Hamburg: Hamburger Edition, Eds. Ulrich Bielefeld, 2014. (to be published)