Who Are You Leon Berger? A Story of a Jewish Kapo in Auschwitz, History, Memory and Politics


Friday, March 28, 2014, 12:00pm to 2:00pm


CMES, Room 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA

The Israeli Law, Literature, and Society Seminar Series is pleased to present

Tuvia Friling
Professor & Senior Researcher, Ben-Gurion Research institute, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev; Visiting Professor, Brandeis University

Prof. Friling was the head of the Ben-Gurion Institute (1993-2001) and the State Archivist of Israel (2001-2004). In 2003-2004 Tuvia Friling served as Vice Chairman of the International Commission of the Holocaust in Romania headed by Prof. Elie Wiesel. The Commission delivered its final report to Mr. Ion Iliescu, President of Romania, on October 11, 2004. In recent years Friling has served as the Head of Ben-Gurion Institute press. Friling had published dozens of articles in Israel and abroad in his fields of expertise: The Zionist movement Policy; Ben- Gurion Leadership; The Yishuv and the Holocaust; The Revisionist movement – the right wing movements in the Yishuv and their connection to aid and rescue during the Holocaust.

Among his publications: Arrow in the Dark: David Ben-Gurion, the Yishuv Leadership and Rescue Attempts during the Holocaust (1998), the Ben-Gurion Research Center, the Ben-Gurion University & the Institute for Contemporary Jewry, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Hebrew); Second edition 2001; English edition 2005, Wisconsin Univeristy Press, USA. Who are you Leon Berger? A story of a Kapo in Auschwitz,History, Memory and Politics, 2009, Resling publishing house, Tel Aviv (Hebrew); English edition: A story of a Capo in Auschwitz, History, Memory and Politics, University Press of New England, the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies/Brandeis University Press, 2013. Ben-Gurion 1947-1949, The secrets of the birth of the state of Israel, Ben-Gurion diary and other selected documentation, 2012, Tuvia Friling and Denis Peschanski, eds., La Martinière, Paris, (French). David Ben-Gurion, VISITS IN THE VALLEY OF DEATH, Ben-Gurion's journeys to Bulgaria, Sweden and the displaced Persons camps in Germany, Memories, (September 1944 – October 1946), Tuvia Friling, ed. (in press).

Contact: Irit Aharony
Sponsor(s): The William Landau Lecture and Publication Fund of the Center for Jewish Studies; Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University

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