The Vidal Sassoon International Center
for the Study of Antisemitism

Annual Report 1996, issued September 1996.
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Dalia Ofer, Simcha Epstein Appointed

The Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism is pleased to have Prof. Dalia Ofer as its new chair, with Dr. Simcha Epstein as director following the retirement from the Hebrew University of former chairman Yehuda Bauer and former director Shmuel Almog. Both will continue their affiliation with the Center, Professor Bauer as head of the International Committee, and both he and Professor Almog as members of the Academic Committee.

Dalia Ofer is Max and Rita Haber Professor of Holocaust Studies at the Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her field of research covers the history of the Holocaust, the Jews of Palestine during the Mandate period (the Yishuv), and the State of Israel. Among her publications is Escaping the Holocaust: Illegal Immigration to the Land of Israel, 1939-1944 (Oxford, 1991), and The Dead End Voyage, with Hannah Weiner (Tel Aviv: Am Oved, 1992, Hebrew). In addition, she has authored the chapter on "Israel and the Holocaust" in The World Reacts to the Holocaust, edited by David Wyman (Johns Hopkins, 1996).

Dr. Simcha (Simon) Epstein was general secretary of the Zionist Federation in France. He settled in Jerusalem in 1974, and worked as an economist for the Israel Ministry of Finance. Since 1982, his field of research has been antisemitism and racism. He received his Ph.D. from the Sorbonne in 1990, and was appointed Director of the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism in 1995. Among his publications are Cry of Cassandra: The Resurgence of European Antisemitism (1985), and Les Chemises jaunes: chronique d'une extreme-droite raciste en Israel (1990).

Assistant Director Sue Fox Retires

by Yehuda Bauer

Sue Fox, the Center's assistant director since 1982, retired this spring, and her absence will be much regretted. Sue is a dynamic, energetic personality, and her management of day-to-day activities made it possible for the researchers, bibliographers, and directors to do their work knowing that the many administrative and financial details were being attended to by Ruhama Roth and herself. Sue,s tasks were more than "simple" administration. She was responsible for the Center,s publications and their distribution. She negotiated agreements, saw that they were kept, and prodded the rest of us to keep our side of the bargain. She herself reviewed the English language texts and worked with the editors and copy editors who put the publications into shape. Among her many duties was the organization of conferences, and she dealt with everything -- from schedules, accommodations, finances, down to (or up to) the flowers in the rooms for the guests. She fetched guests from the airport and looked after them, earning praise from all for her expertise and personal warmth. She and her husband, Prof. Seymour Fox, hosted meetings of our guests in their home, and managed to turn the Center into a social, as well as academic, meeting point. In the daily affairs of the Center, she prepared the agenda for the executive and academic committee meetings, and was an active participant in the decision-making process in both forums. Everyone connected with the Center knew that if Sue took upon herself a job, the job would be done efficiently and quickly. Sue Fox has retired, but she has already started upon another, new, career. The Center staff are very, very grateful to her for her important contribution, and wish her the best of success in all that she chooses to do in the future .

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