Simonsohn Shlomo, Diaspora Research Institute
Short Curriculum Vitae
Born Breslau, Germany, 30 October 1923. Married + 3.
1943-6 Hebrew University, Jerusalem, M.A.;
Thesis: The Latin Church in the Crusaders Kingdom of
1949-52 University College, London University, Ph.D.;
Thesis: Leone da Modena, a monograph based on
hitherto unpublished manuscripts.
*Professional and Academic positions*:
1954-7 Research Fellow, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
1955-7 Lecturer, Tel-Aviv University
1957-1988 Chairman Department of Jewish History, Tel-Aviv
1958-63 Senior Lecturer, Tel-Aviv University
1961-64 Director, Central Library, Tel-Aviv University
1963-68 Associate Prof., Tel-Aviv University
1965-6 Visiting Professor, Yeshiva University, N.Y.C.
1968 - present, Professor of Jewish History, Tel-Aviv
1969 - 1992, Director, Diaspora Research Institute, Tel-
1969-71 Dean, School of Jewish Studies, Tel-Aviv
1971-77 Rector, Tel-Aviv University
1973-74 Chairman, Rectors and Presidents Committee,
Universities of Israel.
1977-80 Pro-Rector, Tel-Aviv University
1977-79 Visiting Professor, Yale University
1977-78 Fulbright Fellow, U.S.
1977 - present, Sir Isaac Wolfson Professor of Jewish
Studies, Tel-Aviv University
1984, 1986 Senior Associate Member St. Antony's College,
1987-88 Member, Institute for Advanced Studies, Berlin
1992-93 Visiting scholar Wolfson College, Oxford
1993 - present Professor Emeritus
1993 - present Chairman Diaspora Research Institute Council,
*Other Activities and Positions*
1948-9 Israel Army - regular service
1949 - present, Israel Army - reserve - infantry officer.
Combat service, War of Independence, 1956 Sinai
Campaign, Six Day War, and Yom Kippur War.
1954-56 Member "Shurat Hamitnadvim", political movement
for social and political change in Israel.
Co-Chairman of same.
1964 Recipient *Ben Zvi* Award.
1968 - present, Member Board Memorial Foundation for Jewish
1970 Co-Founder Bet Berl Teachers Training College.
1976 Commendatore al merito della Repubblica Italiana.
1970 - present, Co-founder, and member Board of Directors
1979 - present, Co-Chairman Israeli-Italian commission for
co-operation on History of Jews in Italy.
1980 - present, Member, Council Israel Historical Society.
1996 Recipient Shazar Award.
Teaches in the following subject areas:
(H) = Hebrew
Leone da Modena, London 1953, pp. 775.
Responsa Ziqne Yehuda, Jerusalem 1957, pp. 62+208 (H).
Clipeus et Gladius, Leonis Mutinensis Tractatus Antichristianus,
Jerusalem 1960, pp. XI + 79 (H).
History of the Jews in the Duchy of Mantua, 2 vols., Jerusalem
1962-4, pp. X + 687 (Engl. transl. 1977, pp. 17 + 902).
A Documentary History of the Jews in Italy, The Jews in the Duchy
of Milan, 4 vols., Israel National Academy of Sciences, Jerusalem,
1982-86, pp. LXIX + 3153.
The Apostolic See and the Jews, 8 vols., Pontifical Institute of
Mediaeval Studies, Toronto 1988-91, pp. LXI + 3592 (Hebr. trans.
1994, pp. 579).
Papers and other Publications:
Several hundred articles in learned journals, papers read at
conferences, text books and teaching manuals, edition of
periodicals and series. The latter include: MICHAEL, ET-MOL,
ITALIA JUDAICA, A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY OF THE JEWS IN ITALY.
Teaches the following courses in the current
Supervision of PhD theses.
Areas of current research
History of the Jews in Italy: The Jews in
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