Ronald Zweig, director of New York University’s Taub Center for Israel Studies, will deliver “Scholarship and Politics: Rules of Engagement in Israel Studies” on Monday, November 8, 4:30 p.m. on the NYU campus. The event marks the inaugural lecture for the center, which is one of the few university-based research centers dedicated to the study of modern Israel and its recent history, society, and politics.

WHAT: Lecture—“Scholarship and Politics: Rules of Engagement in Israel Studies”

WHO: Ronald Zweig, director of NYU’s Taub Center for Israel Studies

WHEN: Monday, November 8, 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Julius Silver Conference Room, 9th Floor, Kimmel Center for University Life (60 Washington Sq. South at LaGuardia Place)

For more information the public may contact the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at 998-8980.

Reporters interested in attending the lecture should contact James Devitt, Office of Public Affairs, at (212) 998-6808 or

A historian, Zweig has authored The Gold Train: The Destruction of the Jews and the Looting of Hungary (William Morrow, 2002), which reveals the World War II story of a train carrying gold, diamonds, wedding rings, and other valuables that headed out of Budapest toward a Nazi stronghold in the Alps. That train never reached its destination, and the fate of its contents has remained a source of speculation and controversy. Zweig is a consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice on the pending “Gold Train” case (Rossner et al v. U.S.), which alleged U.S. military malfeasance. Zweig, formerly of Tel Aviv University, has also written Britain and Palestine During the Second World War (Royal Historical Society, 1986) and German Reparations and the Jewish World: A History of the Claims Conference (Frank Cass, 2001). He edited David Ben-Gurion: Political Leadership in Israel (Frank Cass, 1991); and the Electronic Edition of the Palestine Post, 1932-1950 (online since 2000); co-edited Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver: A Study in American Zionism (Frank Cass, 1997) with Mark Raider and Jonathan Sarna and co-edited Escape Through Austria: Jewish Refugees and the Austrian Route to Palestine (Frank Cass, 2002) with Thomas Albrich.

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