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Dead Sea Scrolls Expert Named Winner of the Israel Prize

January 25, 2018

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Prof. Elisha Qimron specializes in the grammar of the scrolls and has published three volumes about them.

Muslim Albanians Saved Jews from the Holocaust

January 19, 2018

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Eliezer Papo, a scholar on Balkan Jewish history at BGU explains why Albanian Muslims helped save Jews.

AABGU Honors the Memory of a Holocaust Survivor

June 8, 2017

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Renowned BGU Shoah researcher is named the Aron Bernstein Chair in Jewish History.