American University

Lisa Leff

Lisa Moses Leff is Professor of History at American University in Washington, D.C., where she also participates in the Jewish Studies Program. Her research focuses on Jews in France since the Revolution. She is the author of Sacred Bonds of Solidarity: The Rise of Jewish Internationalism in Nineteenth-Century France (2006), and  The Archive Thief: The Man Who Salvaged French Jewish History in the Wake of the Holocaust (2015), which won the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and a was a finalist for a National Jewish Book Award. She has also edited books on Jews and colonialism and Jewish archives. She is currently working on a book about an anti-Semitic scandal in nineteenth-century France.

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  • France and the Jews: History of a Love/Hate Relationship
  • The Rise of Jewish Internationalism in the Modern World
  • Who Owns French Jewish History? The Strange Story of Zosa Szajkowski, Archive Salvager, Historian and Thief