Simon Dubnow Institute
for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University

Dr. Tom Navon

Email: navon(at)

Phone: +49 341 21735–65


Working at the Dubnow Institute as a Research Associate since August 2020, funded by the Minerva Stiftung. Studied Jewish History at the University of Haifa and completed his M. A. degree in 2015. Title of Master’s thesis: »The Recession, 1964–1967: A Chapter in Israel's Political-Economic History«. Doctoral Candidate between 2015 and 2020 at the University of Haifa; subject of PhD thesis: »Marxist Jewish Historiography«. In recent years taught in Beit-Berl College of Education, guided student tours in Poland for Derech Center of Education (Hamahanot Haolim) and worked as a researcher in Hashomer Hatzair Department of History in Givat Haviva.

Research project

The Non-Jewish Jew in face of catastrophe:

the case of Otto Heller (1897–1945)


  • Jews and Labor Movements
  • Jewish Historiography
  • Marxism and the Jewish Question
  • History of Zionism
  • Martin Buber
  • Holocaust
  • Economic History of Israel
  • Kibbutz Movement



Essays and Articles 

»On the Frontline of Jewish Historiography«: A Marxist View of Jewish History, in: Chidushim. Studies in the History of German and Central-European Jewry, 22 (2020), 20–58 (Heb.).

The Recession, 1964–1967: A Landmark in Israel's Political-Economic History, in: Iyunim Bitkumat Israel, 26 (2016), 386–429 (Heb.).


Payn un Gvure: The Ideological Roots of Dror Movement Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, in: Yalkut Moreshet. Holocaust documentation and research, 91(2012), no.8, 95–108 (Heb.).



Uri Ram, The Return of Martin Buber: National and Social Thought in Israel from Martin Buber to the Neo-Buberians, Tel Aviv 2015, in: Kivunim Chadashim, 34 (May 2016), 83–91 (Heb.).