Tuvia Friling

Tuvia Friling is a Professor and a senior Researcher at the Ben-Gurion Research Institute, at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Professor Friling was the head of the Ben-Gurion Institute (1993-2001) and the State Archivist of Israel (2001-2004).
In 2003-2004 Tuvia Friling served as Vice Chairman of the International Commission of the Holocaust in Romania headed by Prof. Elie Wiesel. In recognition of the contribution to the Commission and for his academic accomplishments, Friling was awarded by the President and government of Romania the President award of “Cultural Merit, in rank of Commander”.  

Among his publications (Books written and edited):
 - Tuvia Friling, 2005, Arrow in the Dark: David Ben-Gurion, the Yishuv Leadership and Rescue Attempts during the Holocaust, 2005, Wisconsin University Press, USA.
- Tuvia Friling , 2014, A story of a Capo in Auschwitz, History, Memory and Politics, University Press  of New  England, the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies/Brandeis University Press.
- Tuvia Friling (ed.), 2004, Critique du post-sionisme, Reponse aux ”nouveaux historiens” Israeliens, Editions in Press Publishers, France;
- Ben-Gurion 1947-1949, The secrets of the birth of the state of Israel, Ben-Gurion diary and other selected documentation, 2012, Tuvia Friling and Denis Peschanski – Editors, 621 pp., La Martinière, Paris,
- David Ben-Gurion, VISITS IN THE VALLEY OF DEATH, Ben-Gurion's journeys to Bulgaria, Sweden and the displaced Persons camps in Germany, Memories, (September 1944 – October 1946),2014,  Tuvia Friling  – Editor (Hebrew).
- Tuvia Friling, 2015, Ambitious Moves, Cooperation between Revisionist Zionists and Anti-Nazi Germans in Attempt to Defeat the Third Reich, The international institute for Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem. 122 PP.+XII (Hebrew).

Research project: The Revisionist movement Arrows in the Dark

The volume of written material on the Yishuv’s (Pre-state of Israel – Jewish community in Palestine) history that deals with the role of the labor movement in the nation and state building can fill several rooms. Extensive studies in their scope, and some of outstanding quality. On the other hand, the Zionist circles of the right-wing groups have so far received scant attention.

In his book Arrows in the Dark (1998, 2001, Hebrew; 2005, English) Professor Friling discussed in detail the aid and rescue operations carried out during World War II mostly by the Jewish Agency Executive under David Ben-Gurion and his moderate left oriented party MAPAI (the origins  of the conteporary labor party). Using the phrase from his previous book, his goal in this research project is to depict the arrow - or arrows – "shot into the dark" by the Revisionist camp.
   First results of Prof. Friling's research have been published in two articles and a short book:
= Istanbul 1942-1945: The Kollek-Avriel and Berman-Ofner Networks, 2006;
= A Blatant Oversight? The Right-Wing in Israeli Holocaust Historiography? 2009;
= Ambitious Moves, Cooperation between Revisionist Zionists and Anti-Nazi Germans in Attempt to Defeat the Third Reich, 2015.

Even at this stage in the research, we can already outline the Revisionist circles’ dynamic and multi-branched activity with centers in Palestine and abroad: Istanbul, Switzerland, Poland, London, Paris, New York and Washington. From this activity emerges a basic working assumption that the Revisionist Movement too, was deeply involved in clandestine aid and rescue operations on eve, during and aftermath the Holocaust. Activities that were based on clandestine cooperation with the Polish, Italian British and Americans which were conducted and continued despite sharp disagreement - often to the limit of the breaking point - on the part of various groups in the Revisionist Movement’s leadership.
Being with PIASt will be an important contribution in collecting the Polish documentation and other sources Building fruitful cooperation with Polish scholars expertizing in the Polish side of this issues, and hire Polish research students to help him in collecting the Polish sources from deferent achieves and collections.

Dates of stay: 01 October 2019 - 31 July 2020