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Dr. Robert G. Weisbord


Ph.D., New York University, 1966
B.A., New York University, 1955

Research Interests:

Racial questions in sports, the Vatican, and the Holocaust

Courses Taught:

  • HIS 150 - Introduction to African American History
  • HIS 328 - The Holocaust
  • HIS 378 - Arab-Israel Conflict



The Chief Rabbi, the Pope and the Holocaust: An Era in Vatican-Jewish Relations (New Brunswick: Transaction, 1992), written with Wallace P. Sillanpoa.

Israel in the Black American Perspective (Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1985), assisted by Richard Kazarian.

Genocide?: Birth Control and the Black American (Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press and Two Continents, 1975).

Ebony Kinship: African, Africans, and the Afro-American (Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1973).

Bittersweet Encounter: The Afro-American and the American Jew (Westport, Connecticut: Negro University Press, 1970), written with Arthur Stein. This book was also published in paperback edition by Schocken books in the fall of 1972.

African Zion: The Attempt to Establish a Jewish Colony in the East Africa Protectorate 1903-1905 (Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1968).


“1930’s Olympic Spirit Was Marred by Prejudice,” Jewish Voice and Herald, August, 2004, p. 43.

“The King, the Cardinal, and the Pope: Leopold II’s Genocide in the Congo and the Vatican,” Journal of Genocide Research, 5 (2003), 35-45.

“Pope Pius XII and the Christmas Broadcast,” Jewish Currents, (March-April 2003), pp. 10-12.

“A Question of Race: Pope Pius XII and the ‘Colored Troops’ in Italy,” The Historian, 65 (Winter 2002): 404-417.

“Reciprocal Respect: Blacks, Jews, and the Holocaust,” Jewish Currents, (January-February 2002), pp.4-8.

“Cruelty in the Congo-Rhode Island’s Model Legislator, “Providence Journal, 11 March 2000 (with Robert Gutchen).

“Kissing Kids: Don’t Chuckle,” Providence Journal, 22 February 1997.

Preface to Robert A. Rockaway’s, The Jews Cannot Defeat Me: The Anti-Jewish Campaign of Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam (Tel Aviv University, 1995).

“Black American Perceptions of the Titanic,” Journal of Popular Culture, 28 (Winter 1994), pp. 245-250.

“Jews, Black Muslims and the Slave Rebel Nat Turner,” Jewish Spectator (Winter 1994-1995), pp.40-41.

“White Racism, Apes, and Asininty,” Providence Journal, 16 June 1994. “Max Schmeling: Righteous Ring Warrior,” History Today (January 1993), pp. 36-41.

Contact Information:


Department of History
University of Rhode Island

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113 Washburn Hall
Kingston, RI 02881
Office: 123 Washburn
Phone: 401.874.4086

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