Dr. Laurence Weinbaum

Dr. Laurence Weinbaum is Chief Editor of The Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, published by the Israel Council o Foreign Relations under the auspices of the World Jewish Congress.

Publications by Dr. Laurence Weinbaum

David Silberklang, Gates of Tears: The Holocaust in the Lublin District

Silberklang’s incisive and analytical book is an outstanding contribution to the rapidly expanding literature on the destruction of Jewish communities. Read More »

Dariusz Libionka and Laurence Weinbaum on Flags over the Warsaw Ghetto: The Untold Story of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising by Moshe Arens

“Shaking the Dust Off” The Story of the Warsaw Ghetto’s Forgotten Chronicler, Ruben Feldschu (Ben Shem)

Ruben Feldschu (Ben Shem) (1900-1980) was one of the best known and most prolific figures of the Zionist Right in interwar Poland. A proficient Hebraist, he kept a detailed journal of events in German-occupied Warsaw. That diary is a meticulous and excruciating chronicle of daily life and death and a poignant work of literature. Miraculously, Feldschu managed to preserve more than eight hundred pages of notes through his escape from the ghetto, more than a year in hiding, and during a difficult Read More »

Laurence Weinbaum on Erased: Vanishing Traces of Jewish Galicia in Present-Day Ukraine

A Lost World
Erased: Vanishing Traces of Jewish Galicia in Present-Day Ukraine, by Omer Bartov, Princeton University Press, 2007, 232 pp.
Reviewed by Laurence Weinbaum Read More »

Laurence Weinbaum on Poland’s Threatening Other: The Image of the Jew from 1880 to the Present, by Joanna Beata Michlic

The Power of Hate
Poland’s Threatening Other: The Image of the Jew from 1880 to the Present, by Joanna Beata Michlic, University of Nebraska Press, 2007, 386 pp.
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The Banality of History and Memory: Romanian Society and the Holocaust

Until recently Romanian society has avoided any genuine confrontation with its own culpability for the murder of Jews in Romania and in Soviet territory under Romanian occupation. For decades Romanians have sought to negate their own role in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Jews. To the extent that a Holocaust in Romania was acknowledged, Romanians sought to blame it on others – including even the victims themselves. Read More »

Deconstructing Memory and History: The Jewish Military Union (ZZW) and the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

The Warsaw Ghetto uprising remains one of the best-known chapters of the Shoah, and the heroism of the insurgents continues to inspire. However, scholarly treatment of the Zydowski Zwiazek Wojskowy or Jewish Military Union, which was founded in the ghetto by elements of the Zionist Revisionist Movement, is still incomplete. Read More »

Penitence and Prejudice: The Roman Catholic Church and Jedwabne

The recent revelations about the slaughter of the Jews of Jedwabne in July 1941 precipitated an unprecedented collective soul-searching in Polish society. The Roman Catholic Church in Poland has been deeply involved in this discussion. The author contends that it is impossible to view the reaction of the Catholic clergy, intelligentsia and grassroots in monolithic fashion. Catholic elements can be found behind various barricades in this debate. Not surprisingly those elements within the Church t Read More »