Almog, Shmuel 1926–

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Almog, Shmuel 1926–

PERSONAL: Born 1926, in Berlin, Germany; immigrated to Palestine (now Israel), 1933; naturalized Israeli citizen. Education: Hebrew University of Jerusalem, B.A., 1954, M.A., 1966, Ph.D., 1979; graduate study at Columbia University, 1961. Religion: Jewish.

ADDRESSES: Home—Jerusalem, Israel; fax: 01-19-72-282-0525. E-mail[email protected]

CAREER: Kol Israel Radio, parliamentary correspondent, 1957–58; Hillel House, director and student adviser for South Africa, 1959; radio commentator for the trial of Adolf Eichmann, Jerusalem, Israel, 1960; Israel Radio, United Nations and U.S. correspondent, 1961–64, director, 1967–69; Israel Broadcasting Authority, director general, 1969–74; Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel, researcher at Weizmann Institute for Zionist Research, 1979–81; Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, member of Institute for Advanced Studies, 1981–82, director of Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism, 1982–95, senior lecturer at Institute of Contemporary Jewry, 1986–94, associate professor, 1994–96, professor emeritus, 1996–. University of Tübingen, guest lecturer, 1997. Member of editorial board, Zion: Quarterly for Research in Jewish History, 1989–93; and "H-Antisemitism," an online discussion group, 1999.

MEMBER: Israel Historical Society (secretary general, 1956; member of management committee, 1987–96).

WRITINGS:

(Editor) Antisemitism through the Ages (in Hebrew), Shazar Center (Jerusalem, Israel), 1980.

(Editor) Long before Zionism: Jewish Nationhood and the Palestine Question (in Hebrew), Shazar Center (Jerusalem, Israel), 1981.

Zionism and History (in Hebrew), Magnes Press (Jerusalem, Israel), 1982, translation published as Zionism and History: The Rise of a New Jewish Consciousness, St. Martin's Press (New York, NY), 1987.

(Editor) Zionism and the Arabs: Essays, Shazar Center (Jerusalem, Israel), 1983.

(Coeditor) Transition and Change in Modern Jewish History: Essays Presented in Honor of Shmuel Ettinger (in Hebrew and English), Shazar Center (Jerusalem, Israel), 1987.

(Coeditor) Israel and the Nations (in Hebrew and English), Shazar Center (Jerusalem, Israel), 1987.

(Editor and contributor) Antisemitism through the Ages, Pergamon (Oxford, England), 1988.

Nationalism and Antisemitism in Modern Europe, 1815–1945, Hebrew edition, Shazar Center (Jerusalem, Israel), 1988, English translation, Pergamon, 1990.

Nationalism, Zionism, Antisemitism: Essays and Studies (in Hebrew), Bialik Institute (Jerusalem, Israel), 1992.

(Editor, with Michael Heyd, and contributor) Chosen People, Elect Nation, and Universal Mission (in Hebrew), Shazar Center (Jerusalem, Israel), 1992.

(Editor, with Otto Dov Kulka) History and Historians: Shmuel Ettinger's Posthumous Publication (in Hebrew), Shazar Center (Jerusalem, Israel), 1992.

(Editor, with Anita Shapira and Jehuda Reinharz, and contributor) Zionism and Religion (in Hebrew), Shazar Center (Jerusalem, Israel), 1993, translated edition, University Press of New England (Hanover, NH), 1998.

(Editor) The Holocaust, the Unique, and the Universal: Essays in Honor of Yehuda Bauer (in Hebrew), Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Jerusalem, Israel), 2001.

(Editor) The Holocaust, History, and Memory: Essays in Honor of Israel Gutman (in Hebrew), Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Jerusalem, Israel), 2001.

ha-Nekudah ha-Yehudit: Yehudim be-'ene 'atsmam uve-'ene aherim: Masot u-mehkarim, Sifriyat po'alim (Tel Aviv, Israel), 2002.

Editor of the book Contemporary Jewry 2 (in Hebrew); coeditor of Contemporary Jewry 9, both published by Magnes Press. Contributor to books, including Essential Papers in Zionism, edited by Shapira and Reinharz, New York University Press (New York, NY), 1995; Demonizing the Other: Antisemitism, Racism and Xenophobia, Harwood Academic Publishers, 1999; and Jüdische Geschichte Lesen, edited by Michael Brenner, Anthony Kanders, and others, 2003; also contributor to books published in Hebrew. Contributor of articles and reviews to periodicals, including History of European Ideas, Studies in Zionism, Contemporary Jewry, Patterns of Prejudice, and Jewish History.

SIDELIGHTS: Shmuel Almog once told CA: "I spent the last eighteen months writing a book on Hebrew 2000, comparing the language I acquired as a young immigrant to what I hear spoken in Israel today. Reading through the five chapters I had written, I discarded the project altogether. It wasn't good enough."

More recently he added: "My essay in Demonizing the Other: Antisemitism, Racism and Xenophobia, titled 'The Borrowed Identity: Neo-Pagan Reactions to the Jewish Roots of Christianity,' evoked very little response, although I saw it as an original approach to historical Jewish-Christian relations. I wish I could republish it, trying to reach a new audience."