Lenore J. Weitzman

Lenore J. Weitzman is the author of five books, including the award-winning The Divorce Revolution: the Unexpected Social and Economic Consequences for Women and Children in America which led to the passage of fourteen new laws in California and influenced national legislation on child support and pensions.

She was educated at Cornell University (B.S.), Columbia University (Ph.D. in Sociology) and Yale Law School (Russell Sage Post-doctoral fellowship) and was a professor at the University of California, Stanford University and Harvard University (where she received Harvard's Phi Beta Kappa distinguished teaching award) before assuming her current position as the Clarence Robinson Professor of Sociology and Law at George Mason University.

Weitzman's work on the Holocaust includes Women in the Holocaust, co-edited with Dalia Ofer (Yale, 1999), several articles on Jews who passed as non-Jews during the Shoah, and a forthcoming book, The Kashariyot, on the women couriers in the Jewish resistance.

She also teaches a cable TV class on the Holocaust that focuses on a weekly interview with a survivor to tell the story of the Shoah through the personal experiences of someone who was both an eyewitness to and participant in one chapter of the Holocaust.

Her honors include a Guggenheim fellowship; membership at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton; a Fulbright Fellowship in Israel; the Kroener fellowship in Holocaust studies at Oxford; and fellowships from Ford, Rockefeller, NSF, and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in the United States. In June 2001 she received a medal as a “Pioneering Feminist Educator.”

In addition to her academic work, Lenore Weitzman was the chair of the Board of Directors of Women for Women International, a non-profit organization founded to help the women who suffered in the rape camps and concentration camps in the former Yugoslavia, from 1995 to 2000, and is currently on the national board of the Feminist Press.

Articles by this author

Women in the Holocaust

While women’s experiences during the Holocaust were not entirely different from those of men, it would be false and misleading to assert that they were identical. There were many instances in which an individual’s ordeal was shaped by his or her gender and it is only by understanding what was unique to women—and what was unique to men—that we can provide a complete account of what occurred.

Bronia Klibanski

Bronia (Bronka) Klibanski is well known as one of the heroic Kashariyot (couriers) of the Jewish resistance during the Holocaust. She worked with Mordechai Tenenbaum, the leader of the Jewish resistance in the Bialystok ghetto, becoming the primary kasharit for the Dror Zionist group in 1943. She obtained critical weapons for the ghetto revolt, gathered intelligence, rescued other Jews and saved the secret archive of the Bialystok ghetto.

Kashariyot (Couriers) in the Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust

The kashariyot were young women who traveled on illegal missions for the Jewish resistance in German-occupied Eastern Europe during the Holocaust. Using false papers to conceal their Jewish identities, they smuggled secret documents, weapons, underground newspapers, money, medical supplies, news of German activities, forged identity cards, ammunition—and other Jews—in and out of the ghettos of Poland, Lithuania and parts of Russia.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Lenore J. Weitzman." (Viewed on May 24, 2019) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/author/weitzman-lenore>.

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