Project Researchers

Yechiel Weizman

Dr. Yechiel Weizman studied history, philosophy and Cultural Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and completed his PhD (2018) in the department of Jewish History at the University of Haifa. His research focuses on Polish-Jewish relations, Jewish Material Culture, the study of the Holocaust, and contemporary Polish History. His first book, Ambivalent Heritage. Poland’s Material Jewish Remnants 1945-1989, will be published in 2021 by Cornell University Press. He is co-investigator in the research group “Mapping the Archipelago of Lost Towns: Post-Holocaust Urban Lacunae in the Polish-Belarusian-Ukrainian Borderlands”, which is funded by the Gerda Henkel Stiftung and is also a Research Fellow at the Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow.

Publications

Selected Publications

Ambivalent Heritage. Poland’s Material Jewish Remnants 1945-1989 (forthcoming), Cornell University Press.

Ruptured Townscape. How One Town in Poland Remembers its Jews (forthcoming), Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.

“Eliminating the Traces. The Postwar Fate of the Synagogue in Olkusz, Poland”, in Elisabeth Gallas, Caroline Jessen, Anna Holzer-Kawałko and Yfaat Weiss (ed.), Contested Heritage. German Jewish Cultural Property after 1945, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht (2019), 52-61.

“Abandoned assets? The status and future of communal Jewish property in Poland after the Holocaust”, Yalkut Moreshet-Holocaust Documentation and Research, 97:14 (2017), 53-77. [Hebrew and English]

“Unsettled possession: the question of ownership of Jewish sites in Poland after the Holocaust from a local perspective”, Jewish Culture and History, 18:1 (2016), 34-53.

“The Sacralization and Secularization of Jewish Cemeteries in Poland”, in Lucyna Aleksandrowicz-Pedich and Jacek Partyka (ed.), Jews and Non-Jews. Memories and Interactions from the Perspective of Cultural Studies, Peter Lang (2014), 205-220.