The Kantor Center is pleased to announce that Dr. Yoval Rubovitch is the recipient of our 2022 research grant. Over the course of the year, Dr. Rubovitch will conduct a research project on the connections, similarities, and continuities between Jewish sports clubs before and after the Holocaust, focusing primarily on the Maccabi clubs in Leipzig and Frankfurt. As part of his research, he will interview members of the Leipzig and Frankfurt clubs and the Maccabi sports association in Germany, and will also examine the current literature on this topic.

Dr. Rubovtich has a prolific research and publications record. He completed his doctoral studies at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg in 2019. His dissertation examined the debate on Zionism between Karl Kautsky and Eduard Bernstein, two of Germany’s leading theoreticians on social democracy. His book Marxismus, Revisionismus, Zionismus: Eduard Bernstein, Karl Kautsky und die Frage der jüdischen Nationalität (“Marxism, Revisionism, Zionism: Eduard Bernstein, Karl Kautsky and the Question of Jewish Nationality”) was published in August 2021 by Hentrich & Hentrich, a publishing house in Leipzig. He has also authored a biography of Bernstein (2019) and a book about the “Bar Kochba Leipzig” Jewish sports club (2020), both of which were published by the same publisher.