Ronald W. Zweig

Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies; Marilyn and Henry Taub Professor of Israel Studies; Director of the Taub Center for Israel Studies

University of Cambridge, England, PhD 1978

Office: 14A Washington Mews, 2nd Floor

Phone: (212)992-8776

Research Interests

History of British mandate, state of Israel and modern Jewish history

External Affiliations

Historical Advisory Panel to the National Archives in Washington, DC, Member; Journal of Israeli History, Editorial Board; Association of Israel Studies, Board; Jewish Social Studies, Editorial Board; Israel Studies, Editorial Board.

Select Publications


The Gold Train: the Looting of Hungarian Jewry. Allen Lane/Penguin (UK), William M. Morrow (US), 2002; Italian Edition, 2003; Hungarian Edition, 2005; Hebrew Edition, 2009; Japanese edition, 2009.

co-edited with Thomas Albrich,  Escape Through Austria: the Flight of Jewish Survivors from Eastern Europe, 1945-1948, London: Frank Cass, 2002

Edited, Electronic Edition of the Palestine Post, 1932-1950

co-edited with M. Raider and J. Sarn, Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver: A  Study in Zionist Leadership, London: Frank Cass, 1997

Edited, David Ben-Gurion: Politics and Leadership in Israel. London: Frank Cass, 1991

German Reparations and the Jewish World: A History of the Claims Conference. Boulder and London, Westview Press, 1987. Second edition, revised and expanded, 2001.

Britain and Palestine During the Second World War. London: Boydell Press/Royal Historical Society, 1986


“Distancing or Transformation? Ties to Israel Come of Age” Contemporary Jewry, 30(2-3):283-285 (2010)

“Jewish Issues in Israeli Foreign Policy: Israel-Austrian Relations in the 1950s” Israel Studies, vol 15(3), pp. 47-60

“Refugee Assets and Refugee Rehabilitation: Restitution and the Jewish Experience,” Tel Aviver Jahrbuch fuer Geschichte, XXVII, pp. 383-400 (1998)

“Lessons of the Palestine Post Project,” Literary and Linguistic Computing, Vol. 13(2): 89-95 (1998)

“Feeding the Camps: Allied Blockade Policy and the Relief of Concentration Camps in Germany, 1944-1945,” The Historical Journal, 41, 3, pp. 825-851 (1998)

“Restitution, Reparations and Indemnification: Germany and the Jewish World,” Journal of Israeli History, vol. 18, nos, 2-3, pp. 129-137 (1997)

“Restitution of Property and the Rehabilitation of Refugees: Two Case Studies,” Journal of Refugee Studies, Vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 56-64 (1993)

“Virtual Records and Real History,” History and Computing, Vol. 3, pp. 174-182 (1991)


Junior Fellow in Modern History at the Oxford University Center for Hebrew Studies(1977-1978); Visiting Fellow, Tauber Institute, Brandeis University (1982); Visiting Archives Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge (1994); Visiting Senior Scholar, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washing, DC (1999); Research Fellowship, International Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem (2000); Herbert Katzki Prize for Archival Research (2004).