Fania Oz-Salzberger

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Fania Oz-Salzberger

Fania Oz-Salzberger (Hebrew: פניה עוז-זלצברגר; born 28 October 1960) is an Israeli historian and writer, Professor Emerita of history at the University of Haifa School of Law and the Haifa Center for German and European Studies (HCGES).


Oz-Salzberger was born in 1960 in Kibbutz Hulda, the eldest daughter of writer Amos Oz and his wife Nily. She is the great-great-niece of historian and literary scholar Joseph Klausner.[1] Oz-Salzberger was educated in kibbutz schools and served as an officer in the Israel Defense Forces. She completed her B.A. in history and philosophy (magna cum laude) and M.A. in modern history (summa cum laude) at Tel Aviv University. Her doctoral thesis, on the Scottish and German Enlightenments (1991), was written at the University of Oxford, supervised by Dr. John Robertson and mentored by philosopher Isaiah Berlin. She was a Senior Scholar at Lincoln College, Oxford in 1988–1990, and a Hornik Junior Research Fellow in Intellectual History at Wolfson College, Oxford in 1990–1993.[citation needed]

Teaching at the University of Haifa since 1993, Oz-Salzberger was appointed associate professor in 2009. Her book Israelis in Berlin, which was published in 2001 in Hebrew and German (ISBN 9783633541713), became a prism of Israeli–German dialog.[2] She has taken part in media panels and interviews, commenting on politics, culture and literature, and contributed opinion articles to major newspapers and journals in Israel and globally. She is active on advisory boards of the Israel Democracy Institute and the German-Israeli Future Forum.[citation needed]

Oz-Salzberger is married to Professor Eli Salzberger. They have twin sons.[3]

In November 2012, the book Jews and Words (ISBN 9780300156478), co-authored by Oz-Salzberger and her father, was published by Yale University Press. The book is an essay on Jewish history from a secular Israeli vantage point, reflecting an ongoing dialog between father and daughter, novelist and historian.[citation needed]

Academic career[edit]

At the University of Haifa, Oz-Salzberger served as joint editor in chief of the Haifa University Press (1996–99). She is director (since 2003) of the Posen Research Forum for Jewish European and Israeli Political Thought.

Oz-Salzberger was Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin (1999–2000). Between 2007 and 2012, she held the Leon Liberman Chair in Modern Israel Studies at Monash University's Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation.[4] In 2009–10 she was the Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching at the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University.

Oz-Salzberger has published essays in the history of ideas and political thought, most recently on translation in the European Enlightenment, on the biblical sources of John Locke, and on intercivilizational conflict. Her opinion articles on politics, culture, and current affairs appeared in Israeli, European and American periodicals, including Newsweek, the International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, Le Figaro, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and Ha’aretz.

Between 2016 and 2019 Oz-Salzberger was the director of Paideia – The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden.[5] In 2020 she became an honorary doctor at Uppsala University.[6]

Published work[edit]


  • Oz-Salzberger, Fania (13 April 1995). Translating the Enlightenment: Scottish Civic Discourse in Eighteenth Century Germany (Reprint ed.). USA: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198205197.
  • Oz-Salzberger, Fania (March 1997). Hebrew Phrase Book. Hunter Pub Inc. ISBN 9780852851814.
  • Oz-Salzberger, Fania (1 October 2001). Israelis in Berlin (in German) (1. Aufl. ed.). Frankfurt am Main: Jüdischer Verlag im Suhrkamp-Verlag. ISBN 9783633541713.
  • Oz, Amos; Oz-Salzberger, Fania (20 November 2012). Jews and Words. New Haven: Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300156478.
  • (ed.) Adam Ferguson, An Essay on the History of Civil Society (Cambridge University Press, 1995)
  • (ed.) with Adam Hofri, Adam Smith: Philosopher of the Enlightenment (Mapa, 2005)
  • (ed.) with Eveline Goodman-Thau, Das jüdische Erbe Europas (Philo, 2005)
  • (ed.) with Gordon Schochet and Meirav Jones, Political Hebraism: Judaic Sources in Early Modern Political Thought (Shalem, 2008)
  • (ed.) with Thomas Maissen, The Liberal-Republican Quandary in Israel, Europe, and the United States: Early Modern Political Thought Meets Current Affairs (Academic Studies Press, 2012)
  • (ed.) with Yedidia Stern, The Israeli Nation – State: Political, Constitutional and Cultural Challenges (Academic Studies Press, 2014)

Academic articles (selection)[edit]

Current-Affairs and Opinion Articles[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Fania Oz-Salzberger, Heidelberg's Hope Archived 15 December 2011 at the Wayback Machine, opening lecture of the academic year at the University of Heidelberg (19 October 2003)
  2. ^ Lissi Ahrens-Heimer, "Special DerBerliton Interview with Fania Oz-Salzberger Archived 10 February 2013 at", DerBerliton (28 March 2010)
  3. ^ Eli M Salzberger's Curriculum Vitae and List of Publications, September 2008, Princeton
  4. ^ Gareth Narunsky, "Farewelling Oz", JewishNews (1 May 2012)
  5. ^ MAG, JEU. "Fania Oz-Salzberger – the Next Director of Paideia". JEU – European Jewish Magazine. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  6. ^ "Honorary Doctors of the Faculty of Theology – Uppsala University, Sweden".