Joseph Walk

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Joseph Walk (born January 27, 1914 in Breslau ; died May 26, 2005 ) was a German - Israeli educator and historian who primarily dealt with recent Jewish history. He was one of the co-founders and temporarily head of the religious-Zionist peace movement "Os we Shalom".

life and work

After graduating from high school in Breslau, he studied at the Jewish teachers' college in Cologne from 1932 to 1933 and then returned to Breslau, where he taught at Jewish general education schools. He later switched to teaching at the rabbinical institute in Frankfurt am Main .

In 1936 he emigrated to Palestine and worked there for five years as a teacher and educator in various groups of the religious youth aliya .

In the following years he worked as a teacher in Sde Jaakov and Afula until 1952 , interrupted in 1947/48 by a stay in Marquain in Belgium as director of the local Zionist children's home "Beit Bachad".

From 1952 to 1954 he was active in the school inspectorate of Israel and then studied education and Jewish history in Jerusalem. At the same time, he trained prospective teachers until 1964 at teacher seminars in Haifa , Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, which he also chaired at times.

From 1964 to 1981 he taught pedagogy at Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan and at the same time worked as an institute director in the field of the recent diaspora history of the Jewish people and as a committed employee of the Yad Vashem memorial . From 1978 to 1982 and again after 1992, he headed the Jerusalem Leo Baeck Institute . During this time, Walk published books that are classics of research on the Third Reich. In 1981 he published the documentation Das Sonderrecht für die Juden im NS-Staat (The Special Rights for Jews in the Nazi State), which is the standard book on the legal measures of the persecution of Jews in Germany. In 1988, the volume Short Biographies on the History of the Jews 1918–1945 was published .


In 1996 Joseph Walk received the Buber-Rosenzweig Medal , which is awarded by the Society for Christian-Jewish Cooperation for special merits.

Fonts (selection)

  • Ed .: The special right for Jews in the Nazi state. A collection of legal measures and guidelines - content and significance. Collaboration by Daniel Cil Becher, Bracha Freundlich, Yoram Konrad Jacoby and Hans Isaak Weiss with contributions by Robert W. Kempner and Adalbert Rückerl . Heidelberg 1981. Published in 2013 in the reprint of the 6th edition in 1996.
  • Ed .: Short biographies on the history of the Jews 1918–1945 . Commissioned by the Leo Baeck Institute, Jerusalem. Saur Verlag, Munich, New York, London 1988, ISBN 3-598-10477-4 .
  • Jewish school and education in the Third Reich . Hain, Frankfurt am Main 1991, ISBN 3-445-09930-8 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. החקיקה בנושא צער בעלי חיים ( Memento from November 2, 2010 in the Internet Archive )
  2. Joseph Walk: Peace Hope and Peace Work , in: What unites Jews and Christians , PDF, at: EPD, 1996
  5. ^ Robert Jütte : Review, in: Historische Zeitschrift , Volume 251 (1990), pp. 473-476