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Sent: Wed 11/16/2011 12:31 PM Subject: Death of Prof. Jacob Goldberg We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Prof. Jacob Goldberg, Professor emeritus of history at the Hebrew University and one of the world's foremost experts on Polish-Jewish History. Professor Adam Teller of Brown University, who wrote his dissertation under Prof. Goldberg, has graciously sent us the following necrology: On Tuesday, November 16th, Ya'akov (Jakub) Goldberg, Professor Emeritus of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and one of the moving spirits in the revival of Polish Jewish historical research, passed away. Born in Lodz in 1924 to an assimilated family, he was incarcerated in the Lodz ghetto as a teenager. On its liquidation, he was sent to work as a slave laborer in a munitions factory in Czechoslovakia, also surviving the Death March of April 1945. Returning to Poland, which he saw as the only place where he could receive a full academic education in the post-war years, he received his doctorate in urban history from the University of Lodz in 1959. Later, as a member of faculty, Goldberg was one of the small band of Jewish scholars who continued to write on Jewish topics in Poland despite the very difficult atmosphere for Jews there. In 1967, anticipating by less than a year the coming anti-Semitic purge, Goldberg left Poland for Israel. Deprived of access to Polish libraries and archives, he nonetheless continued his research, developing his, then radical, vision of Polish Jewry as deeply embedded in their social, economic, and political surroundings. More than a decade before the social turn swept American Jewish historical scholarship, he coined the aphorism which was to become his trademark: "There is no history of Poland without the history of the Jews, and no history of the Jews without the history of Poland." He developed this approach through his many articles, books, and source publications, most prominently his *Jewish Privileges in the Polish Commonwealth: Charters of Rights Granted to Jewish Communities in Poland-Lithuania in the Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries* (Israel Academy of Sciences, 1985-2001). Other topics he pioneered, included relations between Jews and the different groups which made up Polish-Lithuanian society, Jewish converts in early modern Poland, Jewish communal institutions in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, and Jewish tavern-keeping. When western graduate students began to take an interest in Polish Jewish history in the 1970s and 80s, he devoted much time and effort to working with them, helping create a new generation of scholars in his field. A founder and early director of the Center for Research on the History and Culture of Polish Jews at the Hebrew University, he oversaw, among other things, the Hebrew translation of Meir Balaban's classic history of the Jews in Krakow and Kazimierz. As the new democratic Poland began to come to grips with the issue of Polish-Jewish relations, Goldberg and his work achieved great popularity in academic circles there, too. In 1992 he was granted an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Warsaw, and in 2008, he was appointed a foreign member of the Polish Academy of Sciences. His achievements were also recognized by the Polish government: he received the Golden Cross from the President of Poland in 1989 and a further award in 2003. Kuba, and his beloved wife, Prof. Olga Goldberg-Mulkiewcz , always kept an open house for students, friends, and visiting colleagues from Poland. With his passing, we have lost not only a dear friend and colleague (and in many cases, mentor, too), but also a highly original scholar, and one of the last living connections to the vibrant world of Polish Jewry from before the Holocaust. Sadly, he did not live to see the completed volume of sources for the Council of Four Lands, which he compiled over more than twenty years. It will be published in Warsaw in the next few weeks and will surely form a fitting monument to his life's work. Yehi zikhro barukh!