Prof. Irene Eber, 1929-2019

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H-Asia member Frank Shulman has passed on an obituary for the late Prof. Irene Eber, the Louis Frieberg Professor of East Asian Studies (emeritus) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The piece, by Professor Yitzhak Shichor of the University of Haifa, is under copyright, but an excerpt is below, and it can be read in full here.

The story of the late Professor Irene Eber, who passed away on April 10, 2019, is a typical Jewish story and I want to tell it from my own perspective. Few people are aware of this story.

Born in Halle (Germany) Irene’s family was expelled to Mielec in Poland in 1938, when she was nine. She also managed to survive, spending the war years hiding in a chicken coop, in misery and deprivation, a story which she told in her autobiographical book The Choice: Poland, 1939-1945 (New York: Schocken, 2004), and after the war left as a refugee to the United States. In the United States she could have studied anything, but she choose Chinese intellectual history. Unknowingly, this was her first step on her way to Israel.

A short notice of her work and list of publications is in Wikipedia.

Recollections by colleagues and students are welcome.