Françoise Ouzan received a Ph.D. in History from the Sorbonne (Paris I) and holds an Agrégation (English and American Literature). A former Associate Professor at the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, she is currently a Senior Research Associate at the Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center of Tel Aviv University.
 

Françoise Ouzan received a PhD in History from the Sorbonne (Paris I) and holds an Agrégation (English and American Literature). A former Associate Professor at the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, and an Associate Researcher at the French Research Center in Jerusalem (CRFJ/CNRS), she is currently a Senior Research Associate at the Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center of Tel Aviv University.

Françoise Ouzan is regularly invited by the international television channel I24 News to speak on various subjects pertaining to the memory of the Holocaust, antisemitism, and American Jewry. She has authored a dozen articles for the Jerusalem Report,  has written for Le Monde and was invited as a guest speaker in the United States, China, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, France, and Israel.   

Her major publications on displaced persons, antisemitism, and American Jewry include: Ces Juifs dont l'Amérique ne voulait pas (Complexe 1995); Histoire des Américains juifs, de la marge à l’influence (André Versaille 2008); De la mémoire de la Shoah dans le monde juif (edited with Dan Michman, CNRS éditions 2008),  Vivre en Israël après la Shoah,  témoignages de survivants venus de France (edited with M. Getraida, with a preface by Boris Cyrulnik), Paris, L'Harmattan, 2008. She participated in the Dictionnaire de la Shoah (Larousse 2009) and in the documentary entitled La vie après la Shoah (The Shoah's Aftermath) by F. Gillery 2009. 

 

More recently she co-edited Holocaust Survivors, Resettlement, Memories, Identities, (New York: Berghahn Books, 2012) and Postwar Jewish Displacement and Rebirth, 1945-1967 (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2014). Her latest book is entitled: How Young Holocaust Survivors Rebuilt Their Lives, France, the United States, and Israel, Studies in Antisemitism, (Bloomington, Indiana University Press, 2018).

 

 

 

 


PUBLICATIONS

 

Books


1. Françoise S. Ouzan, Ces Juifs dont l'Amérique ne voulait pas, (The Jews America did not want) 1945-1950, Bruxelles, éditions Complexe, 1995, number 82, 186 pp.

Review (French): http://www.lexpress.fr/informations/l-amerique-briseuse-de-reve_613363.html

 

2. Françoise S. Ouzan, Histoire des Américains juifs, de la marge à l'influence, (A History of American Jews, from Marginality to Influence), Bruxelles, André Versaille éditeur, 2008, 262 pp.


Review: http://jcpa.org/article/michelle-mazel-on-histoire-des-americains-juifs-a-history-of-american-jewry-by-francoise-s-ouzan/

 

Review:  http://www.laviedesidees.fr/Heureux-comme-un-Juif-en-Amerique.html

 

3. Françoise S. Ouzan, How Young Holocaust Survivors Rebuilt Their Lives, France, the United States, and Israel, Studies in Antisemitism, Bloomington, Indiana University Press, 2018.

 

Review: http://jcpa.org/article/francoise-s-ouzan-young-holocaust-survivors-rebuilt-their-lives-france-the-united-states-and-israel/

 

4. Françoise S. Ouzan, Dan Michman, De La mémoire de la Shoah dans le monde Juif (On the Memory of the Holocaust in the Jewish World), Paris, CNRS éditions, 2008, 498 pp.

http://www.cnrseditions.fr/Histoire-contemporaine/6067-memoire-Shoah-dans-monde-juif-Francoise-Ouzan-9782271067630.html

 

5. Françoise. S. Ouzan, Margalit Getraida, Vivre en Israël après la Shoah (Living in Israel after the Shoah), Paris, témoignages de survivants venus de France, Paris, L'Harmattan, 2008, 158 pp. A collection of in-depth interviews of Holocaust survivors from France.
http://www.editions-harmattan.fr/index.asp?navig=catalogue&obj=livre&no=27153

 

6. Françoise S. Ouzan, Dalia Ofer, Judy Tydor Baumel- Schwartz (eds), Holocaust Survivors: Resettlement, Memories, New York, Berghahn Books, 2012, 345pp. 

http://www.berghahnbooks.com/title.php?rowtag=OferHolocaust

Review: 

https://muse.jhu.edu/journals/german_studies_review/v036/36.3.fiero.html

 

7. Françoise S. Ouzan, Manfred Gerstenfeld (eds), Postwar Jewish Displacement and Rebirth, 1945-1967, Leiden-Boston, Brill, 2014, 223 pp.

 

 

Articles

 

Journals


1. Françoise S. Ouzan, « L'admission aux Etats-Unis des personnes déplacées : geste humanitaire ou arme idéologique? » (The admission of Displaced Persons in America: a Humanitarian Move or an Ideological weapon?), Revue Française d'Etudes Nord- américaine, la politique étrangère aux Etats-Unis, Nancy, Presses Universitaires de Nancy, n° 61, 1994, pp. 235-245.

 

2. Françoise S. Ouzan, « L'implantation planifiée des personnes déplacées aux Etats-Unis, 1945-1952 » (The planned resettlement of Displaced Persons in America, 1945-1952), Les Cahiers du CECILE, Centre d'Etudes des Civilisations Liées aux Langues Etrangères, Reims, Presses Universitaires de Reims, 1995, n°5, pp. 57-65.

 

3. Françoise S. Ouzan, « Le commentaire de documents historiques : méthodologie » (On the Methodology of Analyzing Historical Sources), Les Cahiers du CECILE, Presses Universitaires de Reims, 1996, n°6, pp. 5-19.

 

4. Françoise S. Ouzan, « The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum de Washington : une spécificité américaine ? »  (The USHMM: How American is it?), Les Nouveaux Cahiers, Summer 1997, Mémoires d'Amérique, pp. 55-61.

 

5. Françoise S. Ouzan, « La reconstruction des identités juives dans les camps de personnes déplacées d'Allemagne (1945-1957) », Bulletin du Centre de Recherche Français de Jérusalem, (CRFJ), n°14, 2004, pp. 35-49.

 

5a. Article translated in English : “Rebuilding Jewish Identities in Displaced Persons Camps in Germany (1945-1957) ”, Bulletin du Centre de Recherche Français de Jérusalem, (CRFJ), n°14, 2004, pp. 98-111. Available online : http://bcrfj.revues.org/269?&id=269

 

6. Françoise S. Ouzan, « Foehrenwald, dernier camp de personnes déplacées, îlot de vie juive sur le sol allemand ou « salle d'attente de l'immigration ? » (Foehrenwald : The Last of the DP Camps – An Island of Jewish Life on German Soil or a Waiting Room for Immigrants ?), Revue d'Histoire de la Shoah, numéro 182, 2005, pp. 211-232.

 

7. Françoise S. Ouzan, “Antisemitism in the US at the End of the War and in its Aftermath”, Antisemitism Worldwide, 2003/2004, Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary AntiSemitism and Racism, Tel Aviv University, 2005, pp. 51-74. (Available online at Academia.edu)

 

8. Françoise S. Ouzan, “The Eichmann trial and American Jewry”, Jewish Political Studies Review; Jerusalem, Baltimore, Spring 5767/2007, pp. 25-38. Available online: http://jcpa.org/article/the-eichmann-trial-and-american-jewry-a-reassessment/

 

9. Françoise S. Ouzan, « De l'identité juive contemporaine aux Etats-Unis » (On Contemporary Jewish Identity in the United States), Bulletin du Centre de Recherche Français de Jérusalem (CRFJ/CNRS), numéro 18, 2007, pp. 161-171, Available online : http://bcrfj.revues.org/235?&id=235

 

10. Françoise Ouzan, « De la mémoire de la Shoah et du vivre ensemble » (On the Memory of the Holocaust and Living in Harmony in a Multi-cultural Society), Hors série des Etudes du CRIF, 70 ans, 1944-2014. Available online : http://www.crif.org/fr/tribune/de-la-m%C3%A9moire-de-la-shoah-et-du-%C2%AB-vivre-ensemble-%C2%BB/50024

 

11. Françoise S. Ouzan, « L'"américanisation" de la mémoire de la Shoah à travers le musée mémorial de Washington » (The “Americanization” of the Memory of the Holocaust through the USHMM), Présence de la Shoah et d'Israël dans la pensée contemporaine, edited by M. G. Wolkowicz, In Press publisher, Schibboleth, 2014, pp. 211-219.

 

Chapters

 

1. Françoise S. Ouzan, « Un enjeu pour les Etats-Unis : les réfugiés d'après-guerre, 1945-1953 », (Post-war Refugees: A Political Weapon for the United States ), in L'anticommunisme et la "Chasse aux sorcières" aux Etats-Unis, 1946-1954, Paris, Ellipses, 1995 pp. 81-90.

 

2. Françoise S. Ouzan, « Un exemple d'engagement : l'American Memorial Hospital de Reims, 1919-1947 » (A case in point : the American Memorial Hospital in Reims), in Les Américains et la France, 1917-1947, engagements et représentations, Paris, Maisonneuve et Larose, 1999, pp. 41-53.

 

3. Françoise S. Ouzan, « Une nouvelle superpuissance face à un dilemme : Truman et la création de l'Etat d'Israël » (A Dilemma for a New Superpower : Truman and the Creation of the State of Israel, 1945-1948), in La montée en puissance des Etats-Unis, Paris, l'Harmattan, 2004, pp. 115-130.

 

4. Françoise S. Ouzan, « Introduction : Un état des lieux mémoriels » (Introduction : The Contemporary Memorial Landscape), in De La mémoire de la Shoah dans le monde Juif, Paris, CNRS éditions, 2008, pp. 9-17.

 

5. Françoise S. Ouzan, « La mémoire de la Shoah dans le vécu des Juifs aux Etats-Unis (1945-1961) » (The Memory of the Holocaust in the Experiences of Jews in the United States [1945-1961]), in De La mémoire de la Shoah dans le monde Juif, Paris, CNRS éditions, 2008, pp.283-312.

 

6. Françoise S. Ouzan, « Un pan d'histoire méconnu : les survivants de la Shoah dans les régions rurales des Etats-Unis » (A Fragment of Underrated History : Holocaust Survivors in Rural Areas of the United States), Terres promises. Mélanges offerts à André Kaspi, Préface de René Rémond, articles réunis par Hélène Harter, Pierre Melandri et Catherine Nicault, Publications de la Sorbonne, 2008, pp. 539-547.

 

7. Françoise S. Ouzan, “New Roots for the Uprooted, Holocaust Survivors as Farmers in America”, in Holocaust Survivors in their countries of Resettlement: Space, Memories and Identities, New York, Berghahn Books, edited by Dalia Ofer, Francoise S. Ouzan, Judy Tydor Baumel-Schwartz, 2012, pp. 233-257.

 

8. Françoise S. Ouzan, “American Jewish Chaplains and European Jewry 1945-1953)”, in F. Ouzan and M. Gerstenfeld, eds., Postwar Jewish Displacement and Rebirth, 1945-1967, Leiden and Boston, 2014, pp. 112-136.

 

9. Françoise S. Ouzan, « Zev Birger et le développement de Jérusalem » (Zev Birger and the Development of Jerusalem), in Si c’était Jérusalem, ed.by Michel G. Wolkowicz and Michael Bar Zvi, Paris : editions IN Press, 2018, pp. 481-485. 

 

10. Françoise S. Ouzan, “From the Jewish Resistance in France to the Jewish State: Intersecting Roads ”, in Jewish Soldiers in World War II, ed. by Kiril Feferman, Simha Goldin and Dina Porat, Tel Aviv: Tel Aviv University, 2018, forthcoming, vol. 17 of Michael: On the History of Jews in the Diaspora.

 

Other Publications 

 
1. Françoise S. Ouzan, "Israel in Orthodox Identity" (commentary), Israel, the Diaspora and Jewish Identity, Brighton, Portland, Sussex Academic Press, edited by Danny Ben Moshe and Zohar Segev, 2007, (pp. 64-66).

 

2. Françoise S. Ouzan, « Les élections américaines et Israël » (Israel and the American Elections), Actualité Juive, (political section), Number 281, July-August 2008, pp. 12-13.

 

3. Françoise S. Ouzan, « Le Judaïsme américain en question : transformations identitaires et sociales » (American Judaism in Question : Transformations of Identity and Social Evolution), Revue Plurielles, Number 16, Paris, 2011, pp. 7-16. Available online :  http://www.ajhl.org/plurielles/PL16.PDF

 

Encyclopedia Entries


Dictionnaire de la Shoah, éditions Larousse, Paris, 2009, (Dictionary on the Holocaust) : articles on « Les Etats-Unis » and « Les Personnes Déplacées » (United States and Displaced Persons).

 

Article (In a Series of Thematic Studies) 


Françoise S. Ouzan, « Manifestations et mutations du sentiment anti-juif aux Etats-Unis: entre mythes et représentations », Etudes du CRIF, Number 18, Paris, 2010, 57p.

 http://www.crif.org/etudesducrif/etudes-du-crif-n%C2%B018-manifestations-et-mutations-du-sentiment-anti-juif-aux-etats-unis/30210

 

Book Reviews 


« Europe's Jewish Problem, Les frontières d'Auschwitz: Les ravages du devoir de mémoire by Shmuel Trigano », Collection Livre de Poche, 2005, 250 pp., Jewish Political Studies Review, Spring 5766/2006, volume 18, numbers 1 &2, pp.195-197, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. Available online : http://jcpa.org/article/francoise-ouzan-on-les-frontieres-dauschwitz/

 

PARTICIPATION IN A DOCUMENTARY FILM


Documentary film on Holocaust Survivors and Life after the Shoah, La vie après la Shoah, a film by Francis Gillery, UGOPROD, 2009, 1H28, Presented officially at the UNESCO, January 27, 2010. http://www.ugoprod.fr/documentaires/la-vie-apres-la-shoah

 

PARTICIPATION IN ACADEMIC CONFERENCES

 

  • May 13, 1993: Lecture given at the University of Paris VII, (Society of North American Studies), “The Immigration of Displaced Persons in America (1945-1952)”.

  • 1993-1995: Series of lectures given to teachers in secondary schools: "How to Teach English and American History within an English Course", MAFPEN, Regional Centre for Pedagogy and documentation, Reims.

  • April 5, 1995: Lecture at the University of Reims, Department of History, "Sources and Methods in the Study of Forced Migrations".

  • May 23 1997: Lecture in the international conference held in Reims on “The American Involvement in France (1917-1947)”, “A case in Point: The American Memorial Hospital in Reims (1919-1947)”.

  • March 13, 1999: Lecture at the University of Reims: “Spielberg's Schindler's List: Appearance and Reality”.

  • December 10, 1999: Lecture given for the seminar on the Shoah, University of Paris I, Sorbonne, under the direction of André Kaspi : “The Promised Land of Jewish Displaced Persons”.

  • December 26, 2002: Lecture given for the seminar in the International Research Institute of Yad Vashem: “The Political Use of the Shoah in the United States”.

  • June 2, 2003: Lecture in the seminars on research at the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, “American Antisemitism in the Forties: A Reassessment”.

  • June 13, 2003: Lecture in the international conference “The Rise of the United States as a Superpower”, at the Sorbonne nouvelle, Paris III, “A Dilemma for a New Superpower: Truman and the Creation of the State of Israel”, OPEA (Observatoire de la Politique Etrangère américaine).

  • December 14, 2005: Lecture in The Centre de Recherche Français de Jérusalem (CRFJ, CNRS): “The Impact of the Eichmann Trial on the Memory of the Shoah in America and Israel”.

  • March 24, 2006 : Lecture in the Institute of Political Sciences of Paris, (Sciences PO, Institut des Sciences Politiques de Paris), « Les « personnes déplacées » juives dans les camps de réfugiés d'Allemagne, un enjeu international de l'Après-guerre » (Jewish Displaced Persons in DP Camps in Germany : An International Post-war Issue), Centre d'histoire, « Sorties de guerre des deux conflits mondiaux », in cooperation with Yale University.

  • January 29, 2006: Lecture in a seminar for French-speaking teachers at the Yad Vashem International School: « Les personnes déplacées juives dans l'après-guerre ».

  • January 29-30, 2007: Organization of the two-day international workshop entitled “Holocaust Survivors in their Countries of Resettlement: Space, Memories and Identities” at the Hebrew University, in cooperation with the Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center and CRFJ/CNRS. Lecture: “Replanting Survivors' Lives on American Soil: The Blossoming of New Identities”.

  • August 27, 2007: Lecture in a seminar for teachers from Belgium at the Yad Vashem International School: “Displaced Persons after World War II”.

  • January 16, 2008: Chairperson in the international Conference: “Jewish Art in Context: The Role and Meaning of Artifacts and Visual Images”, 14-16 January, organized by the Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center, Tel Aviv University.

  • January 21, 2009 : « Les Américains juifs, de la marge à l'influence », (Jewish Americans, from Marginality to Influence) Centre de Recherche Français de Jérusalem (CRFJ/CNRS).

  • March 4, 2009 : “The memory of the Shoah in the Jewish World”, Faculté de Théologie et des Sciences de la Religion, séminaire « Penser Après la Shoah », Lausanne, Switzerland.

  • July 8, 2008 : « Les Juifs aux Etats-Unis de 1654 à nos jours : quelle influence culturelle ? » (The Jews of the United States from 1654 Onwards: A Reassessment of their Social Influence), French Cultural Institute Romain Gary, Jerusalem.

  • October 30 2009: « Les personnes déplacées juives et la création de l'Etat d'Israël » (Jewish Displaced Persons and the Creation of the State of Israel), invited by Yad Layeled and Lohamei Haghetatot (Seminar for French Speakers); Ecce Homo.

  • May 7, 2013: Tel Aviv University, Evening Symposium: “Holocaust Survivors in Rural America”. Lecture: “New Roots for the Uprooted, Holocaust Survivors in Rural America and Jewish Identities”.

  • December 8-10, 2014: Tel Aviv University, International Conference “Jewish Soldiers in World War II”. Lecture, December 9, 2014: From the Jewish Resistance in France to the Jewish State: Intersecting Roads”.

  • January 25-27, 2015: Fifth International Conference on Holocaust Research, a conference organized by the Federal Agency for Civic Education in cooperation with the European University of Flensburg and Humboldt University of Berlin.
    January 26, 2015; Keynote Address: “From the DP camps to America: the Jewish Survivors' Experience”

  • April 18-20, 2016: International Conference organized by Schibboleth-Actualité de Freud, “If it was Jerusalem”, The Menachem Begin Heritage Center, Jerusalem. Lecture: “Holocaust Survivor Zev Birger and Jerusalem”.

  • May 19, 2016: Tel Aviv University, International Conference: « Les combattants juifs de la Seconde Guerre mondiale » (Jewish Soldiers in World War II). Lecture: « Le résistant Otto Giniewski et le Mouvement de la jeunesse sioniste (MJS) en France » (The Resistance Fighter Otto Giniewski and the Young Zionist Movement [MJS] in France). 

  • April 20, 2017: Tel Aviv University, Symposium: “Jewish Soldiers in World War II”. Lecture: “A Meaningful Encounter: Jewish GIs and Jews in French North Africa, 1942-1943”.

  • May 27, 2018: Tel Aviv University, Symposium: “Saving Jewish Children in France during World War II and their Lives in the Aftermath”. Lecture: “From Victim to Social Actor: The Case Study of Boris Cyrulnik”.

  • December 13, 2018: Tel Aviv University, Symposium in honor of the publication of the book How Young Holocaust Survivors Rebuilt their Lives: France, the United States, and Israel, Indiana University Press, 2018. Lecture: “Young Shoah Survivors in France, the United States, and Israel: “Main Findings of a Comparative Approach.” 

 

  • June 5, 2019: Symposium on “Jewish Identity, Antisemitism, and Belonging”, invited as guest speaker by the Institute of Jewish Studies, Shanghai International Studies University, Hongkou Campus, China.  Lecture: “ From Victims to Social Actors: How Young Holocaust Survivors Rebuilt Their Lives”.  

 

 

 

Recent Participation in Academic Steering Committees 

 

  • May 15-16, 2011: International Conference “Displacement, Migration and Social Integration: A Comparative Approach to Jewish Migrants and Refugees in the Postwar Period (1945-1967)”, The Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center, Tel Aviv University.

  • October 29-31, 2013: International Conference « La présence de la Shoah et d'Israël dans la pensée contemporaine: perspectives théoriques et analytiques ». Lecture : « L'"américanisation" de la mémoire de la Shoah à travers le musée mémorial de Washington ».

  • January 5-6, 2014: International Conference “History, Language and Identities in Post-Holocaust Literary Writings: Romain Gary, Primo Levi and Heinrich Boll”. Lecture: “Displacement and Jewish Displaced Persons in La Tregua” (Primo Levi).

 

  • Chairperson in the international ISCA Conference entitled “Contending with Antisemitism in a Rapidly Changing Political Climate”, Bloomington, Indiana University, March 23-27, 2019

 

  • May 5, 2019: International conference organized by Schibboleth-Actualité de Freud, The Interdisciplinary Institute-Presence of Freud, on « La transmission en question » (On Transmission). Lecture: « Les rescapés de la Shoah et la transmission des valeurs juives » (Holocaust Survivors and the Transmission of Jewish Values), Tel Aviv. Member of the Scientific Committtee.

 

  • June 10, 2019: Symposium « Crossroads of Remembrance, Art and Humanism after the Holocaust”. Lecture: “On emotional Wounds, Art, and Humanism among Shoah Survivors”, Tel Aviv University 

 

 

Forthcoming

 

  • October 2020: International conference organized by Schibboleth-Actualité de Freud and The Interdisciplinary Institute-Presence of Freud on « Les Figures du Mal » (The Faces of Evil). Lecture: « La perception des réfugiés juifs d’après-guerre aux Etats-Unis après 1945 » (The Perception of Postwar Jewish Refugees in the United States after 1945), Tel Aviv. Participation in the Academic Steering Committee.

  • November 2020: International Workshop: On the War Experiences of Jewish Soldiers during World War I and World War II (France and the United States). Participation in Academic Steering Committee.

 

 

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

 

1990: Research grant, Harry S. Truman Library, Independence, Missouri

2005 Post Doctoral grant, Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah

2011: Research grant, Claims Conference

2014-15: Fellowship, Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture

2019: Research grant: Claims Conference

Photographer: Oliver Feist