Renée Poznanski is the Yaakov and Poria Avnon Professor of Holocaust Studies in the Department of Politics and Government at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, a department she created and has led for several years. She has published extensively on Jews in France during World War II: her research examines their daily lives, relations between Jews and non-Jews, and the impact of memory on the historiography of this period.
While a Radcliffe fellow, Poznanski will write a book about the Jewish Resistance in France during World War II. Relying on archival material, she will take an integrative approach, combining existing scholarship about French resistance to the occupation and the Vichy regime and the Jews’ reactions against anti-Semitic policy while drawing from the latest research on the social history of the period and on sociological writings on the phenomenon of resistance. She will reconsider the Jewish Resistance as a chapter in the history of French Jewry and shed new light on the French Resistance as a whole.
Poznanski’s book Jews in France during World War II (University Press of New England, 2001) was awarded the Jacob Buchman Prize for the Memory of the Holocaust. Her latest book, Propagandes et persécutions: La Résistance et le “problème juif,” 1940–1944 [Propaganda and persecution: the Resistance and the “Jewish problem,” 1940–1944] (Fayard, 2008), received the 2009 Prix Hertz from the Chancellerie des universités de Paris. Poznanski earned a PhD in political science from Sciences Po in Paris.