Zeev Sternhell

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Zeev Sternhell (,born 1935) is an Israeli historian and one of the world's leading experts on Fascism.Roger Griffin. The Nature of Fascism. Routledge. 1993. p. 6 Sternhell headed the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and writes for Haaretz newspaper.


Zeev Sternhell was born in Przemyƛl, Poland to an affluent secular Jewish family with Zionist tendencies. His grandfather and father were textile merchants. When Russia occupied eastern Poland, Russian troops took over part of his home. His father died of natural causes. A few months after Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union, the family was sent to the ghetto. His mother and older sister, Ada, were killed by the Nazis when he was seven years old. An uncle who had a permit to work outside the ghetto smuggled him to Lwow. The uncle found a Polish officer who was willing to help them. Supplied with false Aryan papers, Sternhell lived with his(?) aunt, uncle and cousin as a Polish Catholic. After the war, he was baptized, taking the Polish name Zbigniew Orolski. He became an altar boy in the Cathedral of Krakow. In 1946, at the age of 11, Sternhell was taken to France on a Red Cross children's train, where he lived with an aunt. He learned French and was accepted to a school in Avignon despite stiff...
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