Brandeis University Press

Tauber Institute Series for the Study of European Jewry

General Editor: Jehuda Reinharz, Brandeis University
Associate Editor: Sylvia Fuks Fried, Associate Editor

This series features scholarly works related to the Enlightenment, modern Judaism and the struggle for emancipation, the rise of nationalism and the spread of antisemitism, the Holocaust and its aftermath, as well as the contemporary Jewish experience. The series is published under the auspices of the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry - established by a gift to Brandeis University from Dr. Laszlo N. Tauber - and is supported, in part, by the Tauber Foundation and the Valya and Robert Shapiro Endowment.

Aharon Appelfeld
From Individual Lament to Tribal Eternity
A compelling study of the entire oeuvre of a widely published Israeli writer, now available in English.
Schwartz, Yigal. Jeffrey M. Green, trans.; Arnold J. Band, fwd.

The Architect of Genocide
Himmler and the Final Solution
How Heinrich Himmler turned Hitler’s Nazi policy toward the Jews into horrific reality.
Breitman, Richard

Battlefields and Playgrounds

A major Holocaust novel, hailed internationally as 'vast and magnificent' and named Book of the Year by the Financial Times.
Nyiri, János. trans. from the Hungarian by William Brandon and the author.

The Besht
Magician, Mystic, and Leader
Now available in English, a provocative new biography of the founder of Hasidism
Etkes, Immanuel

Best of Times, Worst of Times
Memoirs of a Political Education
A memoir by a prominent and highly respected historian and political commentator
Laqueur, Walter

Between Jew and Arab
The Lost Voice of Simon Rawidowicz
An exploration of the fascinating Jewish thinker Simon Rawidowicz and his provocative views on Arab refugees and the fate of Israel
Myers, David N.

Between Mussolini and Hitler
The Jews and the Italian Authorities in France and Tunisia
A landmark study of the forces shaping Fascist Italy’s policies toward Jews in occupied territories during World War II.
Carpi, Daniel

The Boom in Contemporary Israeli Fiction

Five essays explore facets of what Mintz calls the complexity of cultural reverberations in Israeli fiction of the past two decades.
Mintz, Alan, ed.

Breaking the Silence
The German Who Exposed the Final Solution.
A remarkable story of the German industrialist who first warned the West of Nazi plans for the mass murder of Jews
Laqueur, Walter and Breitman, Richard.

Inventing a Pathology of Catastrophe for Holocaust Survival [The Limits of Medical Knowledge and Historical Memory in France]
A powerful look at how French medical science apprehended and described Holocaust survival
Dorland, Michael

Chaim Weizmann
The Making of a Zionist Leader
Reinharz, Jehuda

Chaim Weizmann
The Making of a Statesman
Reinharz, Jehuda

Community and Conscience
The Jews in Apartheid South Africa
The first thorough account of South African Jewish religious, political, and educational institutions in relation to the apartheid regime.
Shimoni, Gideon

Confronting the Nation
Jewish and Western Nationalism
Mosse, George L.

The Darker Side of Genius
Richard Wagner’s Anti-Semitism
Richard Wagner’s anti-Semitism considered in the context of his time, place, and aspirations rather than in relation to his later appropriation by the Nazis.
Katz, Jacob.

Everyday Jewish Life in Imperial Russia
Select Documents, 1772–1914
An astounding compilation of primary source documents dealing with all aspects of Jewish daily life in the Russian empire
Freeze, ChaeRan Y. and Jay M. Harris

The Faith of Fallen Jews
Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi and the Writing of Jewish History
Brings together key writings by one of the most distinguished and renowned Jewish historians of our time
Myers, David N. and Alexander Kaye, editors


A classic of modern Israeli literature in English for the first time.
Be’er, Haim

French and Germans, Germans and French
A Personal Interpretation of France under Two Occupations, 1914–1918/1940–1944
A unique chronicle of the relations between the occupiers and the occupied
Cobb, Richard

From Boycott to Annihilation
The Economic Struggle of German Jews, 1933-1943
The fullest account to date of German Jews’ struggle for economic survival under the Third Reich.
Barkai, Avraham

From Text to Context
The Turn to History in Modern Judaism
Essays examining the emergence of Jewish scholarship during the period 1818 - 1919, concentrating on the Wissenschaft des Judentums movement.
Schorsch, Ismar

Generation Exodus
The Fate of Young Jewish Refugees from Nazi Germany
The dramatic and varied experiences of young Jews who fled the Nazis.
Laqueur, Walter

German City, Jewish Memory
The Story of Worms
A remarkable, in-depth study of Jewish history, culture, and memory in a historic and contemporary German city
Roemer, Nils

Germany’s Prophet
Paul de Lagarde and the Origins of Modern Antisemitism
A provocative and disquieting portrait of Bible scholar and founder of modern German antisemitism Paul de Lagarde
Sieg, Ulrich

Gershom Scholem
From Berlin to Jerusalem and Back
A new intellectual portrait of a prominent twentieth-century philosopher
Zadoff, Noam

Glorious, Accursed Europe

An exhaustive study of how Jews imagined the idea of Europe and how it existed in their collective memory from the Enlightenment to the present
Reinharz, Jehuda and Yaacov Shavit

Hitler in History

A leading interpreter of the Nazi period addresses crucial issues in modern European and contemporary history.
Jäckel, Eberhard

A Holocaust Controversy
The Treblinka Affair in Postwar France
A provocative study of a French Holocaust controversy of the 1960s and the dynamics of postwar memory.
Moyn, Samuel

The Holocaust in History

A distinguished scholar offers a comprehensive and thought-provoking evaluation of historians’ understanding of the Holocaust.
Marrus, Michael R.

Holocaust Literature
A History and Guide
A comprehensive assessment of Holocaust literature, from World War II to the present day
Roskies, David G., and Diamant, Naomi

Holocaust Mothers and Daughters
Family, History, and Trauma
An astonishing analysis of Jewish mother-daughter relations before, during, and after the Shoah as described in daughters’ memoirs
Clementi, Federica K.

A House Divided
Orthodoxy and Schism in Nineteenth-Century Central European Jewry
Katz, Jacob. Ziporah Brody, tr

The Individual in History
Essays in Honor of Jehuda Reinharz
Essays in honor of the scholarly work and institutional leadership of Jehuda Reinharz, focusing on the role of the individual in history
Freeze, ChaeRan Y., Sylvia Fuks Fried, and Eugene R. Sheppard, editors

Inside the Antisemitic Mind
The Language of Jew-Hatred in Contemporary Germany
Exploring expressions of antisemitism in Germany today
Schwarz-Friesel, Monika and Jehuda Reinharz

Israel in the Middle East
Documents and Readings on Society, Politics, and Foreign Relations, Pre-1948 to the Present
An anthology of the most important documents on the domestic and foreign policy of the modern state of Israel, in relation to the rest of the Middle East
Rabinovich, Itamar and Reinharz, Jehuda, eds.

Jewish Dimensions in Modern Visual Culture
Antisemitism, Assimilation, Affirmation
A fascinating look at key aspects of visual culture in modern Jewish history
Long, Rose-Carol Washton, Matthew Baigell, and Milly Heyd, eds.

Jewish History and Jewish Memory
Essays in Honor of Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi
Pursuing a master-scholar’s inquiry into the relationship between historical knowledge and Jewish collective memory in medieval and modern times.
Carlebach, Elisheva, John M. Efron, and David N. Myers, eds.

Jewish Marriage and Divorce in Imperial Russia

A pathbreaking study of Jewish marriage and divorce in 19th-century Russia.
Freeze, ChaeRan Y.

Jewish Philosophical Politics in Germany, 1789–1848

A provocative look at how Jewish intellectuals thought about Jewish religion and existence within a German philosophical tradition
Rose, Sven-Erik

The Jewish Response to German Culture
From the Enlightenment to the Second World War
Seventeen scholars explore the interaction between a Jewish culture with its ancient heritage and an expansive German culture in the process of modernization.
Reinharz, Jehuda, and Schatzberg, Walter, eds.

Jews and Diaspora Nationalism
Writings on Jewish Peoplehood in Europe and the United States
An anthology of Jewish diaspora nationalist thought across the ideological spectrum
Rabinovitch, Simon

Jews in British India
Identity in a Colonial Era
A historical and sociological description of the two major Jewish communities in India as they have struggled to keep their identity over the past century.
Roland, Joan G.

Jews in Israel
Contemporary Social and Cultural Patterns
Offers a complete sociological perspective of Jews and Jewish life in Israel from 1948 to the present.
Rebhun, Uzi and Waxman, Chaim I., eds

The Jews in Modern France

Eighteen noted historians and political scientists analyze the history of the Jewish minority in France since the Revolution.
Malino, Frances and Wasserstein, Bernard, eds.

The Jews of Bialystok During World War II and the Holocaust

Jewish society as an active protagonist in the story of the Holocaust
Bender, Sara; Yaffa Murciano, trans.

The Jews of Poland Between Two World Wars

Original essays by distinguished scholars explore Jewish politics, religion, literature, and society in Poland from 1918 to 1939.
Gutman, Yisrael; Mendelsohn, Ezra; Reinharz, Jehuda; and Shmeruk, Chone, eds. Sylvia Fuks Fried, asst. ed.

Jews Welcome Coffee
Tradition and Innovation in Early Modern Germany
A lively look at how coffee affected Jewish life in early modern Germany
Liberles, Robert

Leo Strauss and the Politics of Exile
The Making of a Political Philosopher
A probing study that demystifies the common portrayal of Leo Strauss as the inspiration for American neo-conservativism by tracing his philosophy to its German Jewish roots.
Sheppard, Eugene R.

The Life and Thought of Hans Jonas
Jewish Dimensions
An analysis of the Jewish background of an eminent philosopher
Wiese, Christian

Living with Antisemitism
Modern Jewish Responses
A collection of 22 essays by distinguished scholars on the Jewish response to antisemitism worldwide over the past 200 years.
Reinharz, Jehuda, ed.

The Lost Library
The Legacy of Vilna's Strashun Library in the Aftermath of the Holocaust
The story of the greatest prewar Jewish library in Europe
Rabinowitz, Dan

The Meaning of Jewish Existence
Theological Essays, 1930–1939
Altmann, Alexander, Alfred L. Ivry, ed.; Paul Mendes-Flohr, introd.; Edith Ehrlich and Leonard H. Ehrlich, trans.

Hans Jonas
A fascinating memoir by a major philosopher of the 20th century
Jonas, Hans, Wiese, Christian, ed. & annot.; Winston, Krishna, trans.

Modern Middle Eastern Jewish Thought
Writings on Identity, Politics, and Culture, 1893–1958
The first anthology of modern Middle Eastern Jewish thought
Behar, Moshe, and Zvi Ben-Dor Benite, Editors

Moses Mendelssohn
Writings on Judaism, Christianity, and the Bible
An English translation of key works, many never before translated, by Moses Mendelssohn, the founder of modern Jewish philosophy
Gottlieb, Michah, ed.

Orientalism and the Jews

A fascinating analysis of how Jews fit into scholarly debates about Orientalism.
Kalmar, Ivan Davidson, and Penslar, Derek, eds.

Painting a People
Maurycy Gottlieb and Jewish Art
Analyzes the life, work, and reception of a founding father of modern Jewish art in Eastern Europe.
Mendelsohn, Ezra

Philosophical Witnessing
The Holocaust as Presence
Fascinating philosophical inquiry into post-Holocaust representations of the event in political theory, ethics, and aesthetics, and an assessment of the limitations and promise of philosophical ‘witnessing’ in relation to those issues
Lang, Berel

The Philosophy of Franz Rosenzweig

Eleven essays on the life and thought of the Jewish philosopher and theologian Franz Rosenzweig.
Mendes-Flohr, Paul, ed.

Photographing the Jewish Nation
Pictures from S. An-sky's Ethnographic Expeditions
Over 170 amazing photographs of Jewish life in the Pale of Settlement, from S. An-sky’s ethnographic expeditions
Avrutin, Eugene M., Valerii Dymshits, Alexander Ivanov, Alexander Lvov, Harriet Murav, and Alla Sokolova, editors

Pious and Rebellious
Jewish Women in Medieval Europe
The first complete look at the social status and daily life of medieval Jewish women.
Grossman, Avraham

The Plough Woman
Records of the Pioneer Women of Palestine — A Critical Edition
An updated reprint of the classic text on the pioneer women of pre-state Israel.
Raider, Mark A., and Miriam B. Raider-Roth, eds. and annot.

Princess or Prisoner?
Jewish Women in Jerusalem, 1840-1914
An in-depth look at the lives of religious Jewish women in Jerusalem at a transitional moment in its history.
Shilo, Margalit

Prisoner of Hope

Israel's leading medical educator recounts his odyssey from tragedy to triumph.
Prywes, Moshe. As told to Haim Chertok. Elie Wiesel, fwd.

The Pure Element of Time

A rich autobiographical novel of the sentimental education of one of modern Israel’s foremost literary talents
Be’er, Haim. Barbara Harshav, trans.

Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liady
The Origins of Chabad Hasidism
The only biography in English of the founder of the Chabad movement in Hasidism
Etkes, Immanuel

Reading Hebrew Literature
Critical Discussions of Six Modern Texts
Six classic texts of modern Hebrew literature viewed from a variety of critical perspectives.
Mintz, Alan, ed.

Religion and Jewish Identity in the Soviet Union, 1941–1964

Unearths the roots of a national awakening among Soviet Jews during World War II and its aftermath
Altshuler, Mordechai

Resplendent Synagogue
Architecture and Worship in an Eighteenth-Century Polish Community
A provocative interpretation of the art and architecture of a pre-modern wooden synagogue illuminates the social, historical, and religious context of an Eastern-European Jewish community.
Hubka, Thomas C.

The Road to September 1939
Polish Jews, Zionists, and the Yishuv on the Eve of World War II
How the Zionist movement and the Yishuv actively sought to help Polish and other European Jews in the 1930s
Reinharz, Jehuda and Yaacov Shavit

Sites of European Antisemitism in the Age of Mass Politics, 1880–1918

Explores local incidents of antisemitism and antisemitic violence across Europe in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
Nemes, Robert and Daniel Unowsky, editors

Small Change

A haunting and impressionistic short story cycle from contemporary Israel.
Hendel, Yehudit. Dalya Bilu, Barbara Harshav, and Marsha Pomerantz, trans.

State of Israel, Diaspora, and Jewish Continuity
Essays on the “Ever-Dying People”
Philosophically rich and wide-ranging essays on Jewish history and culture.
Rawidowicz, Simon. Benjamin C. I. Ravid, ed.; Michael A. Meyer, fwd

Style and Seduction
Jewish Patrons, Architecture, and Design in Fin de Siècle Vienna
Explores the central role of Jewish patrons as shapers of Viennese modernism
Shapira, Elana

Toward Nationalism's End
An Intellectual Biography of Hans Kohn
Analyzes the intellectual evolution of Hans Kohn, pioneer of nationalism studies, revealing the centrality of the idea of the nation to the ideological struggles of the twentieth century
Gordon, Adi

Untold Tales of the Hasidim
Crisis and Discontent in the History of Hasidism
Reveals the untold tale of shocking events and anomalous figures in the history of Hasidism
Assaf, David

With My Own Eyes
The Autobiography of an Historian
A noted social historian views the first three quarters of the century through the lens of his own life.
Katz, Jacob. Ann Brenner and Ziporah Brody, trans.

World in the Balance
Behind the Scenes of World War II
One of the deans of World War II scholars examines both the archives and published literature on the war, and offers sharp challenges to prevailing views.
Weinberg, Gerhard L.

Yehuda Amichai
The Making of Israel’s National Poet
An astonishing revision of the prevailing critical analysis of the poetry of Yehuda Amichai, based on newly discovered materials
Gold, Nili Scharf

Zionism and Religion

Scholars from Israel and the US examine from various perspectives the relationship between nationalism and religion.
Almog, Shmuel, Jehuda Reinharz and Anita Shapira, eds.

Zionism and the Creation of a New Society

Two experts trace the development of the Zionist idea from its earliest expressions up to the birth of the State of Israel.
Halpern, Ben, and Reinharz, Jehuda

The Zionist Ideology

The definitive study of the origins and evolution of Jewish nationalist ideology.
Shimoni, Gideon