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Ronald W. Zweig    

Israeli Historian Specializing in Hebrew and Judaic Studies

Ronald W. Zweig is the holder of the Marilyn and Henry Taub Chair in Israel Studies and Director of the Taub Center for Israel Studies in the Skirball Department for Hebrew and Judaic Studies at NYU. He is also the Academic Director of the Paths to Peace program at NYU.

Born in Australia he obtained his PhD in Modern History from the University of Cambridge. He was Junior Fellow in Modern History at the Oxford University Center for Hebrew Studies; joined the Hebrew University, Jerusalem from 1978and taught at Tel Aviv University from 1983, where he was Director of the Institute for Research in the History of Zionism. He resigned as Chair of the Department of Jewish History at Tel Aviv in order to join NYU in September 2004.

He has been a Visiting Professor at a number of US universities (Brandeis, Ohio State, American University in Washington, DC), a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge; Yad Vashem Center for Holocaust Studies, and at the Center for Advanced Studies of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. He was a member of the Historical Advisory Panel to the National Archives in Washington, DC, has been a consultant expert to the US Dept. of Justice and the Jewish Agency.

Zweig has published three books and many scholarly articles, as well as editing three collections of essays. Between 1983-2000 he edited the Journal of Israeli History and was also the editor of the online edition of the Palestine Post (1932-1950), a retrospective newspaper digitization project. His first book (Britain and Palestine during the Second World War) was published by the Royal Historical Society. His most recent books, however, deal with an entirely different subject – reparations and restitution of Holocaust era assets. His book "German Reparations and the Jewish World: a History of the Claims Conference" was the first scholarly work written on this subject. (A second edition was published in 2001). His most recent book is "The Gold Train" (published in five languages).

He is currently preparing a study of the “Palestinian Refugee Israel in Israeli Policy After 1948.”

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