Prof. Michman Dan

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Date of birth: June 28, 1947, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Elementary school: "Rosh Pina", Amsterdam, 1953-1957

Emigration to Israel: May 17, 1957

Elementary school (contd.): "Beth Hayeled", Jerusalem, 1957-1959

            High school: "The Hebrew University High School", Jerusalem, 1959-1965

Military service: 1965-1967, sergeant, artillery

Academic studies: The Hebrew University, 1967-1978

            - Undergraduate studies in Jewish History and Hebrew Philology, 1967-1970 (B.A. degree "cum laude", awarded in 1972)  

            - Graduate studies, 1970-1972; switch to direct Ph.D. track, skipping graduate thesis and exams: 1972; Ph.D. studies: 1972-1977

            - Ph.D. degree awarded in 1978; topic of thesis: "The Jewish Refugees from Germany in the Netherlands, 1933-1940" (including the following chapters: Dutch governmental policies towards the refugees and the refugee question; The attitudes of the Dutch population; The Jewish Refugee Committee, assistance and relief activities; The attitude of the Dutch Jewish community to the refugees; The influence of the refugees on the Netherlands), Hebrew, 630 pp.; - under supervision of Dr. I. Shachar and Dr. A. Margaliot

 

Languages: Hebrew, English, Dutch, German, French, Yiddish (reading), Arabic (reading)

 

Marital status: Married + 6 children+ 19 grandchildren

 

Professional activities (university teaching, research positions, membership of committees, etc.):

            - Research assistant, Illustration dept., Encyclopaedia Judaica, Jerusalem, 1968-1969

            - Research assistant, Institute for Research on Dutch Jewry, Jerusalem, 1969-1972

            - Hebrew teacher, "Ulpan" (language instruction) for foreign students, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 1968-1970

            - Lecturer on Modern Hebrew and Modern Hebrew Literature, Juda Palache Institute - Dept. of Jewish Studies, University of Amsterdam, Holland, 1972-1976

            - Lecturer, Jewish History and Biblical Hebrew, The Dutch-Jewish [Ashkenazi Orthodox] Rabbinical Seminary, Amsterdam, Holland, 1972-1976

            - Lecturer, Dept. of Jewish History, Bar-IlanUniversity (BIU), Ramat-Gan, 1976-1983

            - Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Jewish History, BIU, 1983-1989

- Associate Professor, Dept. of Jewish History, BIU, 1989-1998

- Full Professor, Dept. of Jewish History, BIU, 1998-

            - Visiting Associate Professor, Dept. of History and Jewish Studies Program, University of Toronto, 1991-1992

            - Chair, Dept. of Jewish History, BIU, 1992-1995

            - Chair, Arnold and Leona Finkler Institute of Holocaust Research, BIU, 1983-

            - Chair, Institute for Research on Diaspora Jewry in Modern Times, 1983-

            - Incumbent, Abraham and Eta Spiegel Chair in Holocaust Research, BIU, 1983-

            - Incumbent, Rabbi Brener Chair in the History of European Jewry During the Holocaust, BIU, 1989-

            - Head of the developing staff of the academic course "Bimey Shoa Ufkuda" [Days of Holocaust and Reckoning], The Open University of Israel, Tel Aviv, 1982-1992

            - Member, Academic Committee and Board, Institute for Research on Dutch Jewry, Jerusalem, 1982-

            - Member, Academic Advisory Committee, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, 1987-

- Member of the Planning Committee, International Holocaust Research Center, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, 1993-

            - Member of the Financial Committee, International Institute for HolocaustResearch, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, 1994-

            - Member of the Board, Sal van Gelder Fund for Holocaust Education, BIU, 1992-

            - Member, Academic Advisory Committee, Jabotinsky Institute, Tel Aviv, 1993- (2002-2004: Chairperson)

            - Member of the Board, The Braun Chair for the History of Prussian Jewry, BIU, 1992-

            - Member of the Board, Institute for Research on Religious Zionism, BIU, 1992-1995

            - Member of the Board, Institute for Research on Oriental Jewry, BIU, 1992-1995

            - Member of the Board, RivlinCenter for Research on the History of Eretz-Israel, BIU and Yad Ben-Zwi, 1992-1995

            - Member of the Board, Argov Center for Research on the Relations BetweenIsrael and the Jewish People, BIU, 1994-1998

            - Academic advisor, the Dutch Jewish Youth Movements Section, Ghetto Fighters' House, Kibbutz  Lohamei Hagettaot, 1993-2013

            - Chairperson, Committee for the use of computers in Holocaust Education, Ministry of Education and Culture, Jerusalem, 1991-

            - Member, Professional Committee on History, Dept. of Religious Education, Ministry of Education and Culture, Jerusalem, 1990-2011 (1998-2011: chairperson)

            - Chief Advisor on History, OrotIsraelCollege, Elkana, 1993-2000

            - Member of the Board, The Historical Society of Israel, 1996-2000

            - Member of the Board, The Rabbi Moshe Haim Lau Chair for Research on Jewish Martyrology, BIU, 1996-2000

            - Member of the Board and Deputy Chairperson (as Representative of the Historical Society of Israel), Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People, Jerusalem, 1996-2000; Chair, 2000-2001

            - Member of the Council, Leo Baeck Institute/Jerusalem branch, 1996-; member of the board, 2012-

            - Member of the Advisory Academic Council, OrotIsraelCollege, 2000-2014

- Consultant, High school history book:  “The 20th Century: In Favor of Freedom” (author: Ketzi’a Tabibian), Center for Educational Technology, Tel Aviv, 2000

- Consultant, History book for professional high schools: “The Age of Horror and Hope” (author: Ketzi’a Tabibian), Center for Educational Technology, Tel Aviv, 2001

- Chief Historian, Yad Vashem International Institute for Holocaust Research, JerusalemAugust 1, 2000- March 31, 2011

- Member, International Historians Committee for the Investigation of Liechtenstein’s Policies During World War II, May 2001- December 2004

- Member, Special Committee of the Israeli National Academy of Sciences for the Evaluation of the Historical Discipline in Israel, 2002-2007

- Chairman, International Academic Council, All-Ukrainian Charitable Fund “Tkuma – The Research and Educational Center for Jewish History and Culture”, Dnepropetrowsk, Ukraine, 2001-

- Consultant, Years Wherein We Have Seen Evil – Series of 4 history books for the Haredi (ultra-orthodox) community, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem (2003-2008)

- Consultant (with Prof. Yosef Kaplan), “Dutch Jewry: From Spinoza to Anne Frank” – Annual course of the ZalmanShazarCenter for Jewish History, Jerusalem, 28.10.2004-16.6.2005

- Member, Steering Committee, Program for Holocaust Teaching, EfrataCollege, Jerusalem, 2007-

- Member, Evaluation Committee for 16 Volume Documentation Program Project, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Bonn, September 2007, 2010

- Member, Academic Advisory Committee to the Allocation Committee for Scholarly Projects, Conference of Jewish Material Claims AgainstGermany, 2007--

- Member, Academic Board, Nederlands-Israëlietisch Seminarium (Dutch Jewish Seminary), Amsterdam, 2007-2012

- Member of Steering Committee, The Center for Documentation, Information and Research on North African Jewry during World War II, Ben-Zvi Institute, 2008-

- Member, International Academic Advisory Board, Vienna Wiesenthal Institute, 2010-

- Member, Advisory Committee, "Onderzoek Joods Vastgoed WOII" (Research on Jewish Real Estate, World War II), TheNetherlands and Israel, 2010-2012

- Head, International Institute for Holocaust Research and the John Najmann Chair in Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem, April 1, 2011-

- Member, 2013 Israel Prize Committee for the Jewish History category (awarded to Prof. Yosef Kaplan)

- Mandelbaum Scholar-in-Residence, The University of Sydney, August 2013

- Member, Executive Committee of the International Academic Board of Advisors, ISGAP (International Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy), 2014-

 

Membership of professional associations:

            - Member, The Historical Society of  Israel (Israel)

            - Member, The Royal Dutch Historical Society (The Netherlands)

            - Member, World Union of Jewish Studies (Israel)

            - Member, Israel Association for Canadian Studies (Israel)

            - Member, Association for Canadian Jewish Studies (Canada)

- Member, Association of Israel Studies (USA)

- Leo Baeck Institute, Jerusalem

- Center for Research on Dutch Jewry, Jerusalem

 

Editorial positions:

            -   Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Studies in Religion/Sciences religieuses (Canadian periodical for the scientific study of religion), 1994-1996

            -    Member, Editorial Board, Braun Lectures In the History of the Jews in Prussia (Annual lectures of the Samuel Braun Chair, BIU), 1993-

            -     Member, Editorial Board, Yad Vashem Studies, 1995-

  • Member, Advisory Editorial Board, Democratic Culture (quarterly published by the Law School of Bar-Ilan University), 1998-
  • Member, Editorial Board, Gesher (published, in Hebrew, by the Israeli branch of the World Jewish Congress), 1998-2007
  • Member, Editorial Board, Bishvil Hazikkaron (published by the InternationalSchool for Holocaust Education, Yad Vashem), 1999-2002
  • Series editor and Chair of the Editorial Board, Search and Research: Lectures and Papers (series of occasional papers, Yad Vashem International Institute for Holocaust Research), 2002-
  • Chair, Editorial Board, Holocaust Studies [Periodical on the Holocaust in the Ukraine], Tkuma, Dnepropetrowsk, 2005-
  • Member, Publications Committee of The Ben-GurionResearchCenter, Ben-GurionUniversity of the Negev, Sede-Boker Campus, 2002-2005
  • Member, Academic Advisory Board (Wissenschaftlicher Beirat), Zeitschrift für Genozidforschung, Institut für Diaspora- und Genozidforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, 2004-
  • Member, Editorial Board, The Holocaust Survivors’ Memoirs Project of the World Jewish Congress and Yad Vashem, New York/Jerusalem, 2004-2012
  • Member, Editorial Board, Talelei Orot, Annual of OrotIsraelCollege, Elkana, 2007-2009
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board,Holocaust and Genocide Studies, published by The US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Wahington, DC and Oxford UP, 2010-
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Quest. Issues in Contemporary Jewish History, published by the Fondazione Centro di Documentazione Ebraica Contemporanea CDEC, Milan, 2010-
  • Member, Editorial Board, Religious Zionism, Institute for the Study of Religious Zionism, Bar-Ilan University, 2015-

 

Awards, Prizes, Grants:

  • Caroline Eitje Prize (by the Organization of Dutch Immigrants in Israel) for reseach papers on Dutch Jewish history, 1971
  • Warburg prize for Ph.D. students, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1973
  • Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, Doctoral students scholarship, 1973-1975
  • Mala Zimmetbaum Prize (by Yad Vashem), for Ph.D.-thesis on the Holocaust, 1978
  • Blitzer Prize (by Bar-IlanUniversity) for the publication of a collection of translated sources on the history of Antisemitism, 1981
  • Inclusion of the article “Preparing for Occupation? A Nazi Sicherheitsdienst Document of Spring 1939 on the Jews of Holland”, Studia Rosenthaliana 32/2 (1998), pp. 173-189) in the list of best articles on Dutch history in 1998, compiled by the Dutch Historical Society
  • Rothschild Foundation (London), Grant for the organization of the international conference: “Albania, the Albanians and the Holocaust”, 2008 (BPS 4000.-)
  • International Task Force on Holocaust Education, Commemoration and Research, Grant to Balassi Kiado Publisher, Budapest, for the translation into Hungarian of the book Holocaust Historiography: A Jewish Perspective, 2008 (Euro 7500.-)
  • Israel Science Foundation, Grant for the translation into English of the book The Jewish Ghettos in the Shoah: Why and How Did They Emerge? Cambridge UP, New York, 2008 (NIS 16000.-)
  • Samuel Braun Chair for the History of Jews in Prussia, Grant for the translation into German of the book The Jewish Ghettos in the Shoah: Why and How Did They Emerge? S. Fischer Verlag, Frankfurt a/M, 2008 (Euro 1000.-)
  • Vice President for Research, Bar-IlanUniversity, Grant for the translation into German of the book The Jewish Ghettos in the Shoah: Why and How Did They Emerge? S. Fischer Verlag, Frankfurt a/M; 2009 ($1000.-)
  • Vice President for Research, Bar-IlanUniversity, Grant for the translation into English of the book The Jewish Ghettos in the Shoah: Why and How Did They Emerge? Cambridge University Press; 2009 ($ 1000.-)
  • Fellowship at FRIAS – Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies/History, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, June 14, 2011-July 1, 2011
  • Ihel Fund, Bar-Ilan University, Grant for research on Jewish Councils in the occupied USSR, as part of the study on "Jewish Headships During theNazi Regime", 2011-2012 (NIS 10,000
  • Mandelbaum Trust Scholar in Residence, The University of Sydney, Sydney NSW, Australia, August 4-August 29, 2013

 

Participation in international scholarly conferences (study days not included):

            1. Nederland en het Duitse Exil (The Netherlands and the Refugees from Nazi Germany), organized by the Goethe Institut of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, May 1981 (paper on "Jewish emigration and the Dutch reaction to it, 1933-1940")

            2. Eighth World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, August 1981 (paper on "Religious Jewry and the Religious Individual under Nazi Domination")

            3. 1st Symposium on the History of Dutch Jewry, Jerusalem/Tel Aviv, December 1982 (paper on "Problems of Religious Jewry in the Netherlands during the Holocaust")

            4. Historiography of the Holocaust, Yad Vashem International Scholars Conference, March 1983 (paper on "Research on the Problems and Conditions of Religious Jewry under the Nazi regime")

            5. 9th World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, August 1985 (paper on "The Public Debate Concerning the Establishment of the Jewish Liberal Congregation in the Netherlands")

            6. Religious Jewry and Religious Thought During and After the Holocaust, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, May/June 1986 (introductory paper on "Problems and Goals of Research on Religious Jewry During the Holocaust)

            7. 3rd Symposium on the History of Dutch Jewry, Jerusalem, November 1986 (paper on "Dutch and German Jews in the Liberal Jewish Movement")

            8. 4th Symposium on the History of Dutch Jewry, Amsterdam/ The Hague, November 1988 (paper on "Migration versus 'Species Hollandia Judaica'")

            9. European Jewry Facing Fascism and National Socialism, Yad Vashem International Scholars Conference, Jerusalem, March 1989 (paper on "The German Jewish Refugee Problem in the Countries Neighboring with Nazi Germany")

            10. The Holocaust Period in Belgium, Bar Ilan University and the Center for the Study of The Second World War (Brussels), Ramat Gan, May 1989 (papers on" Historiography and Research on the Holocaust in Belgium" and "The Zionist Youth Movements in Belgium During the Holocaust from a Comparative Point of View")

            11. 10th World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, August 1989 (paper on "Historiography of the Holocaust in Belgium: Legend vs. Recent research")

            12. Fascism - National-Socialism - Antisemitism - Holocaust: Links, Interactions, Differences, Bar Ilan university, Ramat-Gan, December 1989 (paper on "Dutch Fascism as a Test-case for the Examination of the Relationship between Fascism and National-Socialism")

            13. Das Organisierte Chaos: German Occupation Policies During World War II, State Institute for War Documentation, Amsterdam, in Cooperation with the Freie Universitaet Berlin, Amsterdam, May 1991 (paper on "Jewish 'Headships' Under Nazi Domination: The Emergence and Application of an Administrative Concept")

            14. Daily Jewish Life during the Holocaust, Haifa University and Ghetto Fighters House, Haifa/Kibbutz Lohamei Hagettaot, June 1991 (paper on "Daily Religious Jewish life During the Holocaust")

            15. 5th Symposium on the History of the Jews in the Netherlands, Jerusalem, November 1991 (paper on "The Uniqueness of the Joodse Raad in Western European Context")

            16. German-Jewish Reconciliation? Facing the Past and Looking to the Future, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies/The Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C., December 1991 (paper on "The Importance of the Holocaust and Memory for the Israelis: Some Comments on Tom Segev's Paper")

            17. 11th Annual Conference on the Holocaust, MillersvilleUniversity, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, April 1992 (paper on "Jewish 'Headships' Under Nazi Domination")

            18. Jewish Fighting During the Holocaust, HaifaUniversity, Haifa, March 1993 (opening lecture on "Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust: Some Theoretical Observations")

            19. The Jewish People in the Twentieth Century: 50 Years after the Holocaust, Yad Vashem International Scholars Conference, Jerusalem, June 1993 (paper on "The Impact of the Holocaust on Religious Jewry")

            20. Historiography of Zionism: Between Vision and Revision, HebrewUniversity and HaifaUniversity, 29 November-1 December 1994 (lecture on "Historiography of Zionism facing the Holocaust")

            21. Memory and the Second World War in International Comparative Perspective, Rijksinstituut voor Oorlogsdocumentatie, Leiden University and Rutgers University, Amsterdam 26-28 April 1995 (commentator in the session on "Memory and the Holocaust")

            22. The Jewish People at the End of World War II - The Tenth International Historical Conference, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem October 10-12, 1995 (commentator in the first session on "The Jewish People, She'erit Hapletah, and the Future of Eretz-Israel from the Perspective of the End of World War II and its Aftermath)

            23. Violence and Ideology in Modern Jewish History, Tel Aviv University and Bar-Ilan University, January 31-February 1, 1996 (paper on "Intensification of the Public Discourse in Israel Through the Use of Holocaust Metaphors: Sediments and Manipulation")

            24. European Antisemitism: Past and Present, HaifaUniversity, March 18, 1996 (paper on "Nazi policies on Jewish religious affairs as a consequence of modern Antisemitism")

            25. The Holocaust: Then and Now, What Have We Learned? The 15th Annual Conference on the Holocaust, Millersville University, PA, 14-15 April 1996 (paper on "Trying to Situate the Holocaust Within the Context of Modern Jewsih History")

            26. Litterature et Resistance, Bar-IlanUniversity, 29 April-1 May 1996 (paper on "Conteste historique de l'evolution du concept de 'Resistance'")

            27. Olocausto. La Shoa Tra Interpretazione e Memoria, Universita Degli Studi Di Napoli "Federico II", Universita Statale Di Milano, Istituto Italiano Per Gli Studi Filosofici, Alliance Israelite Universelle, Napels, 5-9 May 1997 (paper on: Memory, Commemoration and Interpretation of the Holocaust in Religious Jewry)

            28. History and Culture of the Jews in the Low Countries, University College of London, London, 17-19 June 1997 (paper on "Preparing for Occupation? A Nazi Sicherheitsdienst document of spring 1939 on 'The Jews of Holland', and its significance for the comprehension of the development of Nazi anti-Jewish policies")

            29. The Culture and Politics of the Diaspora, University of New South Wales, Australia, Sidney, 23-27 February 1998 (paper on: "Back to Diaspora Experience in the Rebuilt Jewish Homeland? The Denouncement of Jewish History, Zionism and the State of Israel by Israeli 'Post-Zionists'")

            30. Dutch Jews as Perceived by Themselves and by Others/In Eigen en Vreemde Spiegel – The Eighth International Symposium on the History of the Jews in the Netherlands, Center for Research on Dutch Jewry/The Ben-Zion Dinur Institute for Research in Jewish History, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, 22-25 November 1998 (paper on: “The Place of the Holocaust of Dutch Jewry in Larger Historical Fabrics: Approaches of Dutch and Other historians”)

            31. New Records – New Perspectives: World War II, the Holocaust, the Middle East and the Rise of the State of Israel, The Defense Ministry and IDF Archives in cooperation with The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv University, Bar Ilan University, Haifa University and Ben-Gurion University/The Center for Ben-Gurion’s Heritage, Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv, Ramat-Gan and Sdeh Boker, 13-17 December 1998 (paper on: “The Causal Connection Between the Holocaust and the Birth of Israel: Myth and Reality”)

            32. The Holocaust in Jewish History, Yad Vashem International Scholars Conference, Jerusalem 4-7 January 1999, (paper on: “Integration of the Holocaust in the Broader Context of Modern Jewish History: Approaches of Leading Historians”)

            33. History and Culture of German Jewry, The 20th German-Israeli Foundation for scientific Research and Development’s Meeting, Schloss Elmau, 27 June-I July 1999 (response to Yfaat Weiss’ paper on: ”Borderline Case in Nazi Germany: Mixed Marriages, “Mischlinge”, and “Racial Disgrace”)

            34. Europe under Nazi Rule and the Holocaust, Yad Vashem in cooperation with the University of Warsaw, the Institut fuer Sozialforschung (Hamburg) and the ZIH (Warsaw), 30 August-1 September 1999 (paper on: “Problematic National Identity, Outsiders and Persecution: Jews in Belgium and the non-Jewish Population 1940-1944”)

            35. The Holocaust and Education, The Yad Vashem International School for Holocaust Education, Jerusalem, October 10-14, 1999 (paper on: "West European Jewry Between the Two World Wars")

            36. National-Socialism and the "Final Solution". Colloquium in Honor of Eberhard Jaeckel's 70th Birthday, The Hebrew University and Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, October 31, 1999 (paper on: "Wisliceny's Recollections and Research on the "Final Solution": Rereading a Well-known Document")

            37. Daily Life in the Polish Ghettos, HaifaUniversity, December 27, 1999 (paper on: "Leadership and Headship: The Judenräte in the Nazi Administration and in Jewish Life")

            38. The Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust, Swedish Prime Minister's Office/International Task Force on Holocaust education, Stockholm, January 26-28, 2000 (paper on: "Teaching and Research on the Holocaust at the University Level")

            39.  Impact of the Holocaust on Jewish Theology and Thought, The Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, Ashkelon May 7-9, 2000 (paper on: The Shoah and the State of Israel: A Historical View of their Impact on and Meaning for the Understanding of the Behavior of Jewish Religious Movements”)

            40.  New Trends in Holocaust Research: The Israeli Aspect, Workshop of German and Israeli Researchers, FreiburgUniversity, May 11-13, 2000 Freiburg (comments on several papers)

            41. Rememembering for the Future /2000, July 16-23, 2000, Oxford and London (paper on: "The Holocaust as History")

            42. Lessons and Legacies, November 17-20, 2000, NorthwesternUniversity, Evanston, Ill. (paper on: “Euphoria as the Clue: Situating Christopher Browning of the Map of Research on the Final Solution”)

            43. “Impact of the Holocaust on Jewish Theology, Thought and Education”, The Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, Ashkelon, October 15-18, 2001 (paper on “A Third Pillar of Jewry? A New Trend in European Jewry and the Holocaust”)

            44. “The Juda Palache Institute for Jewish Studies at the University of Amsterdam: 30 Years of Activities”, University of Amsterdam, October 25, 2001 (paper on “Once Again: The Establishment of the  Joodsche Raad voor Amsterdam from a Comparative Perspective”)

            45. “Life in the Eastern European Ghettos”, US Holocaust Memorial Museum workshop, October 29-November 1, 2001 (paper on “Re-evaluating the Emergence, Function and Form of the Jewish Councils Phenomenon”)

            46. “The Holocaust: Memory and Research”, HaifaUniversity, March 11, 2002 (Keynote lecture on “Between Dismissal and Sanctification: The Status of Oral Testimony in Holocaust Research”)

            47. “Jews under the Nazi Regime: International Symposium in Honor of O. D. Kulka”, The Hebrew University and the Yad Vashem International Institute for Holocaust Research, May 19-21, 2002 (paper on “Between Intentionalism, Functionalism ant the Integrationist Approach of the 1990s: On the Historical Interpretations of the Jewish Councils Issue”)

            48. “Education and Ideology in Changing Times”, Annual Conference of the Israeli Association for the History of Education, Bar-IlanUniversity June 13, 2002 (keynote lecture on “Education, Ideology and Worldview: Reflections of a Historian of the Modern Era”)

            49. “The Holocaust in the Soviet Union and the Case of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee”, Russian Holocaust Foundation, Moscow, September 30 – October 2, 2002 (paper on “Decision-Making on and Crystallization and Implementation of the Final Solution: The State of Research”)

            50. “The Holocaust in Ukraine: History and Context”, Tkuma – The Research and EducationalCenter for Jewish History and Culture, Dnepropetrowsk, Ukraine, October 21-23, 2002 (paper on: “Integration of the New Research in the FSU in Existing Holocaust Research”)

            51. “Holocaust Research: Between Genuine Interest, Commemoration and Manipulation”, March 20, 2003, The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand (two papers – on: “Holocaust Research: Between Genuine Interest, Commemoration and Manipulation” and: “Religious Jewry During the Holocaust”)

            52. “Holocaust Research: Between Genuine Interest, Commemoration and Manipulation”, March 21, 2003, The Department of History, the University of Auckland and the Jewish Community, Auckland, New Zealand (two papers – on: “Holocaust Research: Between Genuine Interest, Commemoration and Manipulation” and: “Religious Jewry During the Holocaust”)

            53. “Le ghetto de Varsovie” (on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising), May 19-20, 2003, Centre de Documentation Juive Contemporaine, Paris (paper on: “L’émergence du système de Judenräte en Pologne: nouveaux aperçus”)

            54. “Polish Jewry in the Second World War in Light of Recent Studies”, December 8-9, 2003, Department of Jewish History/Strochlitz Institute of Holocaust Studies/Gotteiner Institute for the History of the Bund, University of Haifa (Response to the papers of David Silberklang and Tomasz Kranz which dealt with the murder of the Jews in the Lublin area)

            55. “Jacob Katz’s Historiography: A Reappraisal”, February 1-2, 2004, Jerusalem/Bar-Ilan University, The Israel Historical Society, Shazar Center and the Braun Chair for the History of the Jews in Prussia (paper on: “Touching and Retreating: The Holocaust as a Hidden Major Leading Factor in Jacob Katz’s Œuvre”)

            56. “The Holocaust in the Netherlands: Comparisons, Assessment, Significance”, March 25-26, 2004, Munk Center for International Studies, University of Toronto (paper on: “The Emergence of the Joodsche Raad voor Amsterdam Within an All-European Context: Traditional Approaches and New Insights”)

            57. “The Holocaust in Hungary 60 Years Later: A European Perspective”, April 15-19, HolocaustDocumentationCenter and Memorial Collection Public Foundation, Budapest (paper on: “The Jewish Councils Phenomenon: New Insights and Their Implications for the Hungarian Case”)

            58. Austrian-Israeli joint workshop: “New Trends in Holocaust Research”, Institut für Zeitgeschichte, Universität Wien, Vienna, 6-10 May, 2004 (keynote lecture on: “Die Historiographie der Shoah aus jüdischer Sicht”)

            59. “Holocaust Historiography in Context – The Emergence of Centers and Approaches”, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, November 21-24, 2004 [paper on: “Is There an IsraeliSchool in Holocaust Research?”]

60. “The Aftermath of World War II and the Holocaust in Ukraine: The First Decade”, Tkuma and Finkler Institute of Holocaust Research/Bar-Ilan University, Dnepropetrovsk, April 4-6, 2005 (paper on: “The Present State of Holocaust Research”).

61. “The Legacy of the German-Jewish Religious and Cultural Heritage: A Basis for German-Israeli Dialogue?”, International conference on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the inauguration of German-Israeli diplomatic relations, Program on Conflict Management and Negotiation/Bar-Ilan University and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, June 1, 2005 (Paper on: “Recent Historical Research on Perpetrators During the Third Reich and its Meaning for Present Day Relations”)

62. “The Future of Holocaust Research”, closed meeting of leading Holocaust scholars, Holocaust Education Foundation, Gig Harbor, Washington, July 24-26, 2005

63. “The Fourteenth World Congress of Jewish Studies, World Union of Jewish Studies”, Jerusalem, July 31-August 4, 2005 (Chair of session on “Religious Zionism in the Holocaust and After”)

            64. “The Extermination of the Jews in the Polish Territories Incorporated into the Third Reich During World War II”, German Historical Institute, Warsaw, and Polish National Remembrance Institute, Katowice, 15-17 September 2005 (Paper on: "Judenräte, Ghettos, Final Solution: Three Interrelated Components of One Anti-Jewish Policy,  or Separate Issues? General Observations and Their Relation to the Lodz Case")

            65. “The Shoah in Western Europe: Belgium, France and the Netherlands in Comparison”, Centre d’histoire de Sciences Po, Paris, and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam, December 1-3, 2005 (Opening paper on: “Western Europe in the Broader Fabric of the Shoah: A Plea for a More Integrative History”)

            66. “The Holocaust in Nazi Occupied Yugoslavia”, Yad Vashem/The International Institute for Holocaust Studies in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture/Republic of Serbia and the Museum of Genocide Victims/Belgrade, Jerusalem, June 15-20, 2006 (Opening paper on: “Holocaust History – A Jewish Perspective”)

            67. “Holocaust-Forschung: Nationale Trends und internationaler Vergleich”, Bibliothek für Zeitgeschichte/Stuttgart and Forschungsstelle Ludwigsburg der Universitüt Stuttgart, Württembergische Landesbibliothek, Stuttgart, July 13, 2006 (contribution on current trends in Holocaust research in Israel, as part of a panel consisting of scholars from USA, Germany, Australia, Israel – myself – and Germany).

            68. “The Holocaust in Ukraine: Multi- and Interdisciplinary Approaches”, Tkuma, Dnepropetrowsk, September17-20, 2006 (Introductory lecture on “How to Contextualize the Holocaust as a Historical Event? Changing Approaches in Historiography and Their Consequences”)

            69. “Lessons and Legacies”, Holocaust Education Foundation and Claremont McKenna College, Claremont McKenna College, California, USA, November 1-4, 2006 (paper on: “Solidarity, Hope and Wrestling with God: The Perspective of the Will for Life of the Jewish People in Modern Times as a Major Theme in Yehuda Bauer’s Historiography”)

            70. “Holocaust and Justice. Post-War Trials and the Holocaust: Representation, Awareness and Historiography”, December 19-21, 2006, Yad Vashem/International Institute for Holocaust Research (closing remarks)

            71. “Transnistria: Vanished Landscapes of History and Memory”, International workshop, Centre national de la recherche scientifique/Centre de recherche français de Jérusalem, May 20-21, 2007 (active chairing of session on “Politics and Language of Persecution”)

            72. “Sources from Jewish Councils in Occupied Poland”, Internationales Begegnungszentrum, BielefeldUniversity, June 26-29, 2007 (introductory paper on “Controversies on the Jewish Councils in the Jewish World, 1945-2005”; and keynote lecture on “The Emergence of the Ghetto Phenomenon in the Nazi Era: Answering Some Unasked Questions”)

            73. “At the Sources of  Totalitarianism of the 20th Century”, Faculty of International and of Political Studies, JagellonianUniversity, Cracow, November 5-8, 2007 (paper on "Hannah Arendt, Totalitarianism and the Judenräte 45 Years Later: Her View Revisited in the Light of Present-Day Historiography")

74. “Borders and Boundaries in and around Dutch Jewish History”, Committee for the History and Culture of the Jews in the Netherlands and the Dutch Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam, November 18-21, 2007 (paper on “The emergence of the Jewish ghetto in the Holocaust period: segregating ‘the Jews’ or containing the ‘perilous Ostjuden’?”)

75. “New Perspectives in Holocaust Research”, Italian-Israeli PhD-students workshop,  University of Pisa and Yad Vashem, Pisa, November 22-27, 2007 (paper om “The Emergence of the Jewish Ghettos in the Holocaust Period”)

76. “Lessons and Legacies: Aspects of the Holocaust: History, Experiences and Implications”, Holocaust Educational Foundation, Chicago, and the Yad Vashem International Institute for Holocaust Research, Jerusalem, December 19-20, 2007 (paper on: “The State of Holocaust Research in Israel”)

77. “North African Jewry During World War II”, Ben-Zvi Institute, Jerusalem, and the Yad Vashem International Institute for Holocaust Research, Jerusalem, April 28-30, 2008 (Concluding lecture: “Was the Fate of the Jews in North Africa During World War II Part of ‘The Holocaust’?” )

78. “Albania, the Albanians and the Holocaust: A Mini-Case in Context”, Department of History, University of Tirana, and the Finkler Institute of Holocaust Research, Bar-Ilan University, Tirana, May 19-21, 2008 (papers on: Opening Remarks; “Historiography on the Holocaust in its Seventh Decade”; “’Righteous Among the Nations’: The Evolution of an Unprecedented Commemorative Category”)

79. “The Relevance of Dutch History”, Royal Dutch Historical Society, The Hague, November 13-14, 2008 (Respondent to a paper by Prof. Ido de Haan, UtrechtUniversity, on the relevance of the history of the Holocaust in the Netherlands for the history of the Holocaust in general)

80. “The Holocaust, the Establishment of the State of Israel, and the Survivors”, International Institute of Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem, December 8-11, 2008

81.  “Representer la Shoah: dire, voir, savoir. Nouvelles perspectives”, Department of French, Bar-Ilan University, December 15-17, 2008 (paper on”Traditional and New Terms in the Nazi Antisemitic Vocabulary: How Can a Semantic Analysis Solve the Dispute Between the So-Called Intentionalist and Functionalist Historiographical Approaches”)

82. “Ukrainian-Polish-Jewish Relations During the German Occupation and the Holocaust: Ukrainian-Polish Borderlines, 1941-1944”, Polish Center for Holocaust Research and Tkuma – All-Ukrainian Centre for Holocaust Studies, Przemyśl, Poland, June 21-23, 2009 (Keynote lecture on “The ‘Jewish Question’ as a Touchstone: The German Invasions of Poland (1939) and the Soviet Union (1941) and Their Meaning for Germans and Locals”)

83. “15th World Congress of Jewish Studies”, World Union of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, August 2-7, 2009 (paper on “Comparative Research on the Holocaust at the National and State Levels: Advantages and Disadvantages in the Light of Attempts Regarding Western Europe”)

84. “Aryanization and the spoliation of Jews in Nazi Europe (1933-1945)”, City of Grenoble/ Fondation por la Mémoire de la Shoah/ CRHIPA (Grenoble University II)/ IRICE (CNRS, Paris)/ CRHQ (CNRS, Caen)/Dept. of Modern German History (Humboldt University, Berlin)/ Research Centre for Contemporary History (Hamburg), Grenoble, June 1-3, 2010 (keynote paper on: “Economic Persecution of the Jews, 1933-1945: Its Changing Place in the Overall Antisemitic Goals of Nazi Germany”)

85.”What Happened to Jewish History? On the Study and Teaching of Jewish History”, Dept. of Jewish History and the School of Education, Bar-Ilan University, and the Ministry of Education, Bar-Ilan University, December 8-9, 2011 (paper on “The Status of Jewish History in the Israeli Educational System”)

86. “Hiding, Sheltering and Borrowed Identity as Means of Rescue During the Holocaust”, International Institute of Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem, December 19-21, 2010 (paper on “Beyond “Righteous” and “Altruism”: Rescue of Jews by Locals Throughout Europe”)

87. “Holocaust und Öffenlichkeit. Internationales Symposium zu Ehren von David Bankier (1947-2010),” Institut für die Geschichte der Juden in Deutschland (Hamburg), Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Stiftung Topographie des Terrors, Berlin, February 13, 2011 (paper on: “Erinnerung an David Bankier”)

88. “Ghettos During the Holocaust: A Symposium”, The Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Chair in Holocaust Studies and the Faculty of Art and Science, with the support of the Department of History, Centre for Jewish Studies, Joint initiative in German and European Studies, and Konstanty Reynert Chair of Polish History, University of Toronto, March 6, 2011 (paper on “The Emergence of Jewish Ghettos During the Holocaust”)

89. "The Holocaust in Western Europe", The Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Chair in Holocaust Studies and the Faculty of Art and Science, with the support of the Department of History and the Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Toronto, September 15, 2011 (paper on "Trivialization or Better Comprehension? Genocide, Imperialism, Colonialism, Bloodlands and Other Recent Paradigmatic Interpretations of the Holocaust")

90. "The Challenge of the New Antisemitism to Education", School of Education/ Bar-Ilan University, Lifshitz College, The Ministry of education and Culture and the World Zionist Organization, Bar-Ilan University, December 26-27, 2011 (paper on "To What Extent Was Antisemitism Central to the Holocaust?")

91. "The Wannsee Conference: New views from Berlin, the Baltics and the Balkans", One-Day Workshop, The Holocaust Research Centre, Royal Holloway, University of London and The Wiener Library, February 10, 2012 (paper on "The Wannsee 'Conference'": the View from Berlin")

92. "Rewriting the Jewish History of the Holocaust", Center for Jewish Studies, University of Florida, Gainesville, March 17-19, 2012 (keynote lecture on"The Jewish Dimension of the Holocaust in Dire Straits? Current Challenges of Interpretation and Scope").

93. "The Jewish World vis-א-vis the Democratic Western World: In Tribute of Prof. Shmuel Trigano", Bar-Ilan University, April 22-23, 2012 (Paper on "Recent Interpretations of the Shoah and Their Negligence of the Perspective of Jewish Society")

94. "20th Century Anamneses. International Festival of Literature and History", Fundacja Tygodnika Powszechnego, Wroclaw Europejska Stolica Kultury 2016, Osrodek Pamiec i Przyszlosc, Wroclaw, Poland, May 12-16, 2012 (participation in panels on "Representation of Totalitarianism in Museums" and "Persecuted Faith")

95. "Symposium on Holocaust and Genocide", Israel Academy of Sciences and The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, September 2-4, 2012 (Respondent to the keynote address by Prof. Yehuda Bauer)

96. "Raoul Wallenberg and Attempts to Rescue Europe’s Jews", International Symposium, HL-Senteret - Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities, October 30, 2012 (paper on "Righteous Among the Nations: the Emergence of a Unique Commemoration Category")

97. "Das österreichische Judentum vor und in der Schoa", Misrachi Österreich, Vienna, Austria, November 4-6, 2012 (paper on 'The Reorganization of the Vienna IKG by Eichmann in 1938 as a Crucial phase in the Development of the Jewish Headship System")

98. "From Holocaust Education to the Prevention of Genocide: What have we learnt from the Past?", Conference organized by UNESCO Headquarters in partnership with the Office of the United Nations Special Advisor for the Prevention of Genocide and with the support of the Permanent Delegation of the Kingdom of Belgium to UNESCO, Paris January 28, 2013 (panelist, with Mr. Adama Dieng, UN Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide; Prof. Edward Kissi, Professor at the Dept. of Africana Studies of the University of South Florida; and Karen Pollock, Executive Director of the Holocaust Educational Trust, UK)

99. "Life in the Ghettos Under the Nazi Regime – Looking Anew at Basic Issues", Western Galilee College, March 13-14, 2013 (keynote lecture on "The Ghettos of the Nazi Era: Why and How Did They Emerge?")

100. "Being Witness to the Holocaust. 70th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising", Polish Institute of National Memory, Polish Center for Holocaust Research and Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw, April 21-23, 2013 (lecture on "Dutch Society and the Jewish Fate: A Puzzling Record")

101. "Performing Arts in Holland During the Holocaust", Yad Vashem and "All About Jewish Theatre"/The International Institute for Jewish and Israeli Culture, Jerusalem, May 6, 2013 (opening lecture on: "Dutch Jewry on the Eve of the Shoah: Dutch Mentality and Jewish Characteristics")

102. "War, Shoah and Rescue: Bulgarian Jewry Before, During and After the Shoah", Finkler Institute of Holocaust Research/Bar-Ilan University and Massuah/International Institute for Holocaust Studies, Bar-Ilan University Campus, Ramat-Gan, May 28, 2013 (paper on "The Compulsory Organization of Bulgarian Jewry from the Perspective of the Jewish headship Phenomenon During the Shoah").

103. "Sine Ira et Studio? Personal Engagement, Historical Distance and the Study of the Holocaust", German Historical Institute Warsaw and Koebner Center/The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, June 25-27, 2013 (paper on "What Was The Holocaust?")

104. 16th World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, July 27-August 1, 2013 (paper on "The Economic Persecution of Jews During the Third Reich: Its Fluctuating Place Among the Overall Antisemitic Goals of the Nazi Regime")

105. "Aftermath: Sites and Sources of History and Memory", Monash University, Melbourne, August 6-7, 2013 (paper on "Is 'The Holocaust' Equivalent to 'the Genocide of the Jews by Nazi Germany'"? On Some Recent Misinterpretations of the Holocaust")

106. "Jewish Press in Nazi Germany", Yad Vashem, October 27, 2013 (participant in panel discussing desiderata in research on German Jewish press under the Nazi regime)

107. "Autonomous Histories and Study of the Holocaust", Wiener Library/Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry/Minerva Institute for German History, Tel Aviv University and The Abe and Edita Spiegel Family Chair in Holocaust Research, Bar-Ilan University and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, November 3-5, 2013 (participant in panel on "The Future of Holocaust Studies")

108. "Holocaust Memory – Between the Particular and the Universal, Israel-Europe", Massuah International Institute for Holocaust Studies, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung/Israel and Instytut Polski/Israel, February 18, 2014 (paper on "'The Holocaust' and the Genocide Phenomenon:On   Relations Between Them")

109. Workshop of experts on „Der Holocaust. Kontexte und Forschungsansätze. Eine Bilanz“, Zentrum für Holocaust Studien am Institut für Zeitgeschichte, München,  and Akademie für Politische Bildung, Tutzing, April 9-11, 2014 (commentary on papers by Beate Meyer and Andrea Löw - "Handlungsstrategien der Opfer")

110. "The Holocaust in Hungary: 70 Years After", Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, April 24, 2014 (paper on "Historiography of the Holocaust: Current State of Research")

111. "The Shoah in Israeli Culture, Memory and Politics" The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University, Boston, April 27-28, 2014 (two keynote lectures: "Shoah, Churbn, Cataclysm, Judeocide, Holocaust, Genocide (and More): On Terminology and Interpretation"; "Is the Holocaust Different from Other Genocides?")

112. "From High Politics to Everyday Life: The Hungarian Holocaust from the Perspective of 70 Years", University of Szeged, Szeged, May 14-15 (keynote lecture on: "How Should We Conceptualize the Holocaust?"; and closing remarks)

113. 7th Contact Day – Jewish Studies on the Low Countries, Institute of Jewish Studies, University of Antwerp, May 26, 2014 (keynote lecture on "Comparative Research on the Holocaust in Western Europe: Achievements and Limitations")

114. German Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Kansas, Kansas City, September 18-21, 2014 (paper on "What is the Core of 'The Holocaust' – the 'Final Solution' or 'Entfernung der Juden überhaupt'?")

115. Lessons and Legacies, Boca Raton, Florida, October 30-November 2, 2014 (paper on"What is the Core of 'The Holocaust' – the 'Final Solution' or 'Entfernung der Juden überhaupt' – the Holocaust as a Tightly Developing or Open Event?")

116. The Shoa and its Impact on Judaism and Christianity, Universität Leipzig and Bar-Ilan University, Leipzig University, January 26-27, 2015 (keynote lecture on "What Exactly is 'the Holocaust/Shoah'? On Jewish and non-Jewish terminologies, and on scholarly interpretations and misinterpretations")

117. Zurück zum Leben (Chasara lachajim): 70 Jahre nach dem Ende der Schoa, Misrachi Österreich + Vienna Wiesenthal Institute + Dokumentationsarchiv der österrreichische Widerstand (DÖW), Vienna, May 10-11, 2015 (keynote lecture on "Der Beginn der Erfassung der Schreklichkeit der Schoa: Zuegenschaften, wissenschaftlich Forschung, Trauergebete u.a.m. – wo stand das jüdische Volk am Ende der Schoa?")

118. From Ibrahim ibn Jakub to 6 Anielewicz Street, Museum of Polish Jewry, Warsaw, May 11-14, 2015 (paper on "An Outsider's View of  the Development of Polish Holocaust Studies")

119. "Dan Yadin Amo – International Conference in Honor of Pof. Dan Michman", Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, December 1-3, 2015 (address in the opening session; and closing lecture: The Shoah: "Uniqueness", the Goals of the Nazi Anti-Jewish Project, and Some Bugs in Traditional Holocaust Historiography")

 

Invited lectures (1999-):

  1. “Memory and Commemoration of the Holocaust Within Religious Jewish Circles”, Wolfgang Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main, January 26, 1999
  2. “Il Judenrat. Il consigli ebraici sotto la dominazione nazista”, Universita di Napoli Federico II, Napoli, May 4, 1999
  3. “The Holocaust as History”, Cohn-HaddowCenter of Jewish Studies, Wayne State University, Detroit, November 16, 2000
  4. “Problems of Holocaust Historiography: On the Occasion of the Publication of Die Historiographie der Shoah aus jüdischer Sicht and Pour une historiographie de la Shoah”, Netherlands Institute for War Documentation (NIOD), Amsterdam, October 26, 2001
  5. “How to Value Oral Testimony in Holocaust Research?”, Strochlitz Institute for Research on the Holocaust Period, HaifaUniversity, March 11, 2002
  6. “The State of Research on the Emergence of the Final Solution”, Keynote paper opening the all-Ukrainian teachers seminar on the Holocaust, Tkuma – The Research and Educational Center for Jewish History and Culture, Dnepropetrowsk, Ukraine, September 3, 2002
  7. “The Shoah: Remembrance and Commemoration in the 21st Century”, The Sydney Jewish Museum, March 6, 2003, Sydney, Australia
  8. “Holocaust Research: Current Trends and Future Directions”, The Mandelbaum Lecture, Postgraduate and scholars seminar, University of Sydney, March 6, 2003, Sydney, Australia
  9. “Jewish Religious Responses to the Shoah”, The Shalom Institute, March 9, 2003, Sydney, Australia
  10. “Where there are no human beings, try to be a human being” [radio program on persecution and rescue in The Netherlands during World War II), Galei Tzahal, Yom Hazikkaron laShoa, April 19, 2004, 10:00
  11. “Holocaust Historiography from a Jewish Perspective”, Institut für Zeitgeschichte, Universität Wien, May 6, 2004
  12. “Holocaust Research in Israel: Yad Vashem and the Universities”, National Academy of Sciences/Jewish Studies Section, Budapest, September 27, 2006
  13. “New Insights into the Judenrat Phenomenon”, Department of History and Jewish Studies Program, CentralEuropeanUniversity, Budapest, September 28, 2006
  14. "'Immer steht der grosse Schatten im Hintergrund.' Individueller und kollektiver jüdischer Wiederaufbau nach der Schoah", Historisches Seminar, Universität Zürich, February 2, 2007
  15. “The Emergence and Application of the Ghetto Phenomenon in the Nazi Period: Trying to Answer Some Unasked Questions”, The 2007 Annual Lecture of The John Najmann Chair of Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem, May 3, 2007
  16. “Why Did the Holocaust Become Such a Central Issue in Present-Day Western Conscience?”, Department of History, University of Tirana, Albania, February 27, 2008
  17. “The Impact of the Holocaust on the Jewish World”, European University of Tirana, Albania, February 27, 2008
  18. “What Caused the Emergence of Ghettos During the Holocaust?”, The Annual Lecture on the Holocaust, Raab Center, Ben-Gurion University, Be’er Sheva, May 14, 2008
  19. “Why Did Jewish Ghettos Emerge During the Holocaust? Proposing a Novel Explanation”, Interdepartmental Seminar, The Arnold and Leona Finkler Institute of Holocaust Research, Bar-Ilan University, May 28, 2008
  20. “Israeli Holocaust Historiography: Development and Characteristics”, On the occasion of the presentation of issue 188 of Revue d’histoire de la Shoah, Mémorial de la Shoah, Paris, June 22, 2008
  21. "Jewish Headships (Judenräte and Judenvereinigungen): The Emergence and Application of an Administrative Concept in Nazi Anti-Jewish Policies", ClarkUniversity, Worcester, MA, September 17, 2008
  22. “Why and How Did the Jewish Ghettos of the Holocaust Emerge?”, The Annual Lecture on Anti-Semitism, Judaic Studies Program, BrownUniversity, Providence, RI, September 18, 2008

23.“Yad Vashem and the Beginnings of Holocaust Commemoration and Research in Israel”, Institut fr die Geschichte der deutschen Juden, Hamburg, June 7, 2010

24.„Die Gottesfrage – wo war Gott in Auschwitz?“, Deutsch-Israelische Juristenvereinigung/ Israelisch-Deutsche Juristenvereinigung, 19. Jahrestagung, Hamburg, June 8, 2010

25."The Reasons Behind the Emergence of Ghettos During the Shoah - Trying to Solve the Enigma", Annual lecture of the Holocaust Research Centre, Royal Holloway, University of London, January 24, 2011

26."Trivialization or Better Comprehension? Genocide, Imperialism, Colonialism, Bloodlands and Other Recent Paradigmatic Interpretations of the Holocaust", FRIAS (Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg), June 29, 2011

27."'Righteous Among the Nations': The Emergence of a Unique Commemorative Concept", The Centre for Jewish Studies, in cooperation with the Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Chair in Holocaust Studies and the Department of History, the University of Toronto, September 19, 2011

28."A New Perspective on Jewish Ghettos During the Shoah", Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies, Wayne State University in cooperation with the Holocaust Memorial Center, Farmington Hills, MI (Detroit), September 21, 2011

29."Why is the Holocaust Considered to be Such a Significant Historical Event?", International Holocaust Commemoration Day 2012, Yangon University, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma), January 27, 2012

30."The Economic Persecutions of the Jews During the Holocaust", Yangon School of Economics, Yangon, Myanmar, January 30, 2012

31."The Evolution of the Interest in the Holocaust: 1945-2012", French Institute, Yangon, Myanmar, January 30, 2012

32."The Judenrat Phenomenon: Why and How Did it Emerge and How was it implemented by the Nazi Regime and its Satellite States", The Annual Lecture of The John Najmann Chair of Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem, December 31, 2012

33."Jewish 'Headships' and Nazi Anti-Jewish Policies", Lecture Marking International Holocaust Memorial Day, Wiener Library, London, January 24, 2013

34."Holocaust and Genocide: A Problematic Relationship", Netherlands State Institute of War Documentation, Amsterdam, February 5, 2013

35."The Emergence of Jewish Ghettos During the Holocaust – New Perspectives" and "the Role of Jewish Councils in Western Europe", European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI), Mémorial de la Shoah, Paris, July 17+18, 2013

36."Is the Holocaust Different from Other Genocides?",  Melbourne Holocaust Centre, Melbourne, Australia, August 5, 2013

37."The Holocaust Era Ghettos Enigma: What Was Their Purpose?" Mandelbaum lecture, Mandelbaum House, The University of Sydney, August 8, 2013

38."Is the Holocaust Different from Other Genocides?", Australian Friends of Yad Vashem/ West Coast Chapter, Perth, August 12, 2013

39."Shoah, Churbn, Cataclysm, Judeocide, Holocaust, Genocide (and More): On Terminology and Interpretation", Sydney Jewish Museum, August 14, 2013

40."Beyond "Good" and "Bad": The Nazi Era Jewish Councils", Mandelbaum lecture, Mandelbaum House, The University of Sydney, August 15, 2013

41."Righteous Gentiles: The Emergence of a Unique Commemorative Concept", Mandelbaum lecture, Mandelbaum House, The University of Sydney, August 22, 2013

42."The Amazing History of Yad Vashem ", Mandelbaum lecture, Mandelbaum House, The University of Sydney, August 25, 2013

43."Jewish Councils and Ghettos", Ohel Lea Synagogue, Hong Kong, August 31, 2013

44."Righteous Gentiles: The Emergence of a Unique Commemorative Concept", Holocaust and Tolerance Centre, Hong Kong, August 31, 2013

45.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXZoQn3GWtM

46.“Beyond ‘Good and Bad’: A Corrective Analysis of the Phenomenon of the Jewish Councils during the Nazi Era”, The XIIth Annual Hogo Valentin Lecture, Hugo Valentin Centre, Uppsala University, March 6, 2014 http://www.valentin.uu.se/News-and-events/hugovalentinlecture/dan-michman/

47."Between History, Memory and Politics: The Holocaust as a Challenge for Professional Historiography", Swedish Centre for Advanced Studies, Uppsala, March 6, 2014

48."The Emergence of Jewish Ghettos During the Holocaust – New Perspectives" and "the Role of Jewish Councils in Western Europe", European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI), Workshop, Yad Vashem, May 1, 2014

49."The Holocaust and the Genocide Phenomenon: Are they Related?", Institute of Jewish Studies, University of Antwerp, May 26, 2014

50."Shoah, Churbn, Cataclysm, Judeocide, Holocaust, Genocide (and More): On Terminology and Interpretation", Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Toronto, September 16, 2014

51."Shoah, Churbn, Cataclysm, Judeocide, Holocaust, Genocide (and More): On Terminology and Interpretation" Vienna Wiesnthal Institute for Holocaust Research, October 23, 2014

52."How Should We Conceptualize the Holocaust?", Duke University, North Carolina, October 27, 2014

53."What Exactly is "The Holocaust"?, Davidson College, North Carolina, October 28, 2014

54."What Exactly was the Goal of the Nazi anti-Jewish Enterprise?", Simon Wiesenthal Memorial Lecture, University College London – Institute of Jewish Studies and The Simon Wiesenthal Centre in the UK, February 4, 2015

55."Changing Interaction: Israeli and German Research on the Shoah: 1948-to the present", Simon Dubnow Institut, Leipzig, May 7, 2015

56."Righteous Among the Nations: The Emergence of a Unique Commemoratice Category", Keynote address, The Human Rights Department of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in association with the Embassy of Israel, Commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day, London, January 26, 2016

  1. "Hitler, the Grand Mufti Hajj Amin el-Hussayni and the Decision-Making process on the Final Solution", Holocaust Memorial Day Lecture, University College London, January 28, 2016

58."Shoah, Holocaust, Churbn en nog meer: vragen bij termen voor het joodse lot tijdens het Nazi-regime”, Jewish Studies Department, University of Amsterdam, February 2, 2016

 

 

 

Organization of conferences:

  1. Religious Jewry and Religious Thought During and After the Holocaust, Bar-IlanUniversity, June 1986 (international)
  2. The Holocaust Period in Belgium, Bar-IlanUniversity, May/June 1989 (international)
  3. Fascism - Nazism - Antisemitism - Holocaust: Links, Interactions, Differences, Bar-IlanUniversity, December 1989 (international)
  4. Intellectuals Facing the Dreyfus Affair: Then and Now, Bar-IlanUniversity, 12-15 December 1994 (international)
  5. (Joint) Violence and Ideology in Modern Jewish History, Tel-Aviv University and Bar-Ilan University, January 31-February 1, 1996
  6. (Member, Steering Committee) Holocaust and Education, Yad Vashem School of Education International Conference, October 1996 (international)
  7. (Member, Organizing committee) Religion, State and Democracy, Bar-IlanUniversity, January 6-7, 1998
  8. (Member, Organizing Committee) The Holocaust in Jewish History, Yad Vashem International Conference, January 4-7, 1999 (international)
  9. (Member, Steering Committee) Holocaust and Education/2, Yad Vashem, School of Education International Conference, October 10-14, 1999 (international)
  10. Remembering the Holocaust in Germany 1945-1999: The Public Debates, Bar-IlanUniversity, December 21-22, 1999 (international)
  11. (Co-Chair, Organizing Committee) The Return of the Jews to Their Countries of Origin, 1943-1947, The Yad Vashem International Institute for Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, May 22-24, 2001 (international)
  12. In Leni Yahil’s Footsteps: A Study Day in Honor of Prof. Leni Yahil, on the Occasion of her 90th Birthday, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, March 6, 2002
  13. (Chair, organizing committee) Third International Scholars Conference on the Holocaust in Ukraine, Tkuma, Dnepropetrowsk, Ukraine, October 26-29, 2003 (international)

14.Holocaust Historiography in Context – The Emergence of Centers and Approaches, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, November 21-24, 2004 (international)

  1. (Chair, organizing committee) Fourth International Scholars Conference on the Holocaust in Ukraine: “The Aftermath of World War II and the Holocaust in Ukraine – the First Decade”, Tkuma and Finkler Institute of Holocaust Research/Bar-Ilan University, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, April 4-6, 2005 (international)

16.Tkuma Vth International Scholars’ Conference: “Inter- and Multidisciplinary Approaches to Representations of the Holocaust, and Their Application to Ukraine”,

  1. (Co-chair, organizing committee), “Holocaust and Justice. Post-War Trials and the Holocaust: Representation, Awareness and Historiography”, December 19-21, 2006, Yad Vashem/International Institute for Holocaust Research (international)
  2. (Co-Chair, organizing committee) “The Holocaust in Western Europe in Comparison”, Dutch-Belgian-Israeli PhD-students workshop, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies/University of Amsterdam, Institute of Jewish Studies/University of Antwerp and Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, May 28-31, 2007 (international)

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21.Aspects of the Holocaust: History, Experiences and Implications”, Holocaust Educational Foundation, Chicago, and the Yad Vashem International Institute for Holocaust Research, Jerusalem, December 19-20, 2007 (international)

  1. (Co-chair) “North African Jewry During World War II”, Ben-Zvi Institute, Jerusalem, and the Yad Vashem International Institute for Holocaust Research, Jerusalem, April 28-30, 2008 (international)
  2. (Co-organizer) “Albania, the Albanians and the Holocaust: A Mini-Case in Context”, Department of History, University of Tirana, and the Finkler Institute of Holocaust Research, Bar-Ilan University, Tirana, May 19-21, 2008 (international)

24.(Co-organizer) “Jewish Life During the Holocaust: New Approaches to and Aspects of Jewish Social Life”, International Summer Workshop for Holocaust Scholars, July 6-10, 2008, Yad Vashem International Institute for Holocaust Research, Jerusalem

25.(Co-organizer) “The Holocaust, the Establishment of the State of Israel, and the Survivors”, International Institute of Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem, December 8-11, 2008

26.(Co-organizer) “The Holocaust and Its Immediate Aftermath (1933-1947), The Press, Newsreels, Films and Radio  Broadcasts in Real Time”, International Summer Workshop for Holocaust Scholars, July 13-20, 2009, Yad Vashem International Institute for Holocaust Research, Jerusalem

27.(Co-organizer) “The Holocaust: Grassroots Perspectives”, International Summer Workshop for Holocaust Scholars, July 5-12, 2010, Yad Vashem International Institute for Holocaust Research, Jerusalem

28.(Co-organizer) “Hiding, Sheltering and Borrowed Identity as Means of Rescue During the Holocaust”, International Institute of Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem, December 19-21, 2010

29.(Organizer) "Language and Semantics During the Shoah", International Summer Workshop for Holocaust Scholars, July 11-14, 2011,Yad Vashem International Institute for Holocaust Research, Jerusalem

30.(Co-organizer), American-Israeli PhD-candidates workshop, November 7-10, 2011, Yad Vashem International Institute for Holocaust Research and the University of South California, Jerusalem

31.(One of the three members of the organizing committee), "Religious Cultures of Dutch Jewry", The Twelfth International Symposium on the History of the Jews in The Netherlands, November, 21-23, 2011, The Center for Research on Dutch Jewry,  The Hebrew University, Jerusalem (international)

32.(Co-organizer)"Theological Contemplations vis--vis the Shoah in Real Time", International Summer Workshop for Holocaust Scholars, July 9-12, 2012,Yad Vashem International Institute for Holocaust Research, Jerusalem

33.(Co-organizer), French and Israeli PhD-Candidates Workshop, University of Grenoble, Grenoble, October 13-15, 2012 (international)

34.(Co-organizer) “The End of 1942: A Turning Point in Worl War II and in the Comprehension of the Final Solution?”, International Institute of Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem, December 17-20, 2012

35.(Member, Organizing Committee) "The Shoah, the Jewish People and the State of Israel. International Conference Honoring the Memory of Pope John XXIII", American Jewish Congress, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Kantor Center of Tel Aviv University, Yad Vashem, April 29, 2013 (international)

36.(Member, Organizing Committee)  "Performing Arts in Holland During the Holocaust", Yad Vashem and "All About Jewish Theatre"/The International Institute for Jewish and Israeli Culture, Jerusalem, May 6, 2013 (international)

37.(Coorganizer, with Tuvia Friling and Aya Ben-Naftali) "War, Shoah and Rescue: Bulgarian Jewry Before, During and After the Shoah", Finkler Institute of Holocaust Research/Bar-Ilan University and Massuah/International Institute for Holocaust Studies, Bar-Ilan University Campus, Ramat-Gan, May 28, 2013 (international)

38.(Member, Steering and Academic Committees) "The Holocaust in Yugoslavia: History, Memory and Culture – A Reappraisal", Faculty of Jewish Studies and the Gaon Ladino Center/Bar-Ilan University, Yad Vashem and the Israel Science Foundation, Jerusalem, June 24-27, 2013 (international)

39.(Co-organizer) "Jewish Languages Facing Persecution and Destruction: Yiddish, Ladino and Hebrew During the Shoah",  International Summer Workshop for Holocaust Scholars, July 8-10, 2013,Yad Vashem International Institute for Holocaust Research, Jerusalem

40.(Co-organizer) "Autonomous Histories and Study of the Holocaust", Wiener Library/Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry/Minerva Institute for German History, Tel Aviv University and The Abe and Edita Spiegel Family Chair in Holocaust Research, Bar-Ilan University and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, November 3-5, 2013 (international)

41.(Co-organizer), North American and Israeli PhD-Candidates Workshop, University of South California, Los Angeles,  May 27-30, 2014 (international)

42.(Organizer) “'Transport': The Deportation of the Jews During the Nazi Period", Yad Vashem Summer Research Workshop, Monday, 7 July – Thursday, 10 July 2014 (international)

43.(Co-organizer),“All of Israel are Responsible for One Other:On Solidarity, Mutual Help, Animosity and  Tensions within Jewish Society in Nazi Europe, Yad Vashem Biennial Conference, Jerusalem, December 15-18, 2014 (international)

44.(Co-organizer), British and Israeli PhD-Candidates Workshop, Wiener Library, London,  June 28-July 2, 2015 (international)

45.(Organizer) “Non-Jewish Jews in the Holocaust", Yad Vashem Summer Research Workshop, Monday, July 6 – Thursday, July 9, 2015 (international)

 

 

 

Supervision of theses:

  1. Esther Judith Baumel, The Jewish Refugee Children in Great Britain 1938-1945, MA-thesis, Dept. of Jewish History, Bar-Ilan University (1980-1981)
  2. Leah Koren, Nursing as an Integral Part of the Health Services in the Warsaw, Vilna and Kovno Ghettos (1939-1944), MA-thesis, Faculty of Medicine/ Dept. of Nursing, Tel-Aviv University (1985-1986)
  3. Naomi Grossmann, Jewish Children in the Lodz Ghetto, MA-thesis, Dept. of Jewish History, BIU (1986-1997)
  4. (Co-supervision with Prof. Nathaniel Katzburg) Zehava Schwartz, The Orthodox Jewish Community in Hungary 1939-1945, MA-thesis, Dept. of Jewish History, BIU (1987-1989)
  5. Meira Yakova, Settlement of Jewish Palestinian Soldiers who Served in the British Army after the Second World War, MA-thesis, Dept. of Jewish History BIU (1991-1994)
  1. Shmuel Frimerman, The Activities of the World Jewish Congress, 1938-1946, MA-thesis, Dept. of Jewish History, BIU (1991-1996)
  2. Yigal Benjamin, The Chalutz Movement in the Netherlands, 1917-1950, PhD-thesis, Dept. of Jewish History, BIU (1990-1996)
  3. Isaac Vilner, The DP-Camp Foehrenwald 1945-1957: A Microcosm of the She'erith Hapletah, Dept. of Jewish History, PhD-thesis, BIU (1993-not completed; author killed in car accident)
  4. Emuna Nachmani-Gafni, The Removal of Hidden Jewish Children from Christian Families in Poland in the Immediate Aftermath of the Holocaust, Dept. of Jewish History, PhD-thesis, BIU (1994-2000)
  5. (Co-supervision, with Prof. Gershon Bacon) Haim Shalem, Agudath Israel in Palestine vis-à-vis the Holocaust, 1939-1945, PhD-thesis, Dept. of Jewish History, BIU (1996-2004)
  6. Esther Farbstein, Rabbis and Hassidic Rebbes (Admorim) in Poland During the Nazi Occupation, 1939-1941, PhD-thesis, Dept. of Jewish History, BIU (1996-not completed due to personal reasons)
  7. Dan Zhits, The Minsk Ghetto in the Light of Newly Discovered Documentation, MA-thesis, Dept. of Jewish History, BIU (1997-1999)
  8. (Co-supervision, with Prof. Shlomo Spitzer) Milka Tzalmon, The Jewish Community of Deutschkreuz From the Early Modern Period Till its Destruction (1678-1938): The Struggle of a Little Central-European Community for Perseverance and Preservation of its Unique Character, PhD-thesis, Dept of Jewish History, BIU, (1995-2000)
  9. Michal Gilad, The Attitude of the Yishuv and Israel to Germany and the Germans, 1945-1965, as Reflected in Israeli Literature 1945-1985, MA-thesis, Dept. of Jewish History, BIU, (1996-2000)
  10. Bo'az Cohen, Israeli Historiography of the Holocaust, 1945-1980, PhD-thesis, Dept. of Jewish History, BIU (1997-2004)
  11. Anat Rosenthal, Historiographical Approaches to the Holocaust in Israeli High School Text Books in History, 1945-1998 , MA-thesis, Dept. of Jewish History, BIU (1999- 2002)
  12.  (Co-supervision with Prof. Yehuda Don) Kinga Frojimovics,  The Religious Movements in Hungarian Jewry (Orthodoxy, Neology and Status-Quo Ante) in the Period 1868/9-1950: Socio-Economic, Demographic and Organizational Characteristics , PhD-thesis, Dept. of Jewish History, BIU, (1999-2003)
  13. (Co-supervision, with Dr. Miriam Greilsammer) Yael Klein, Les manuels d’histoire israéliens de la troisième génération comme révélateurs des changements profonds survenus dans la société israélienne et comme agents de transformation de la mémoire collective, PhD-thesis, Dept. of General History, BIU, (1999-2006)
  14. Moshe Pitaro, Jewish Forced Labor Battalions in Rumania, 1942-1944, PhD-thesis, Dept. of Jewish History, BIU,  (1999- stopped by the university)
  15. Yitzhak  Yaron, The Image of the Shoah in Israeli Children’s Periodicals, 1943-1965, MA-thesis, Dept. of Jewish History, BIU (2001-2003)
  16. Miriam Offer, The Medical Services in the Warsaw Ghetto During the Holocaust: Its Organization and its Medical and Ethical Challenges in Historical Context, PhD-thesis, Dept. of Jewish History, BIU, (1999-2010)
  17. (Co-supervision, with Prof. Hillel Barzel) Shilhav Kest-Rafael, The Personal Memoiristic Narratives on the Holocaust as an Independent Genre Between History and Literature: The Eichmann Trial Witnesses as a Test-Case, PhD thesis, Dept. of Interdisciplinary Studies/ Interpretation and Criticism, BIU (2000-2007)
  18. Nachum Schutz, Seeds of Catastrophe: Antisemitism in Austria, 1916-1925, PhD-thesis, Dept. of Jewish History, BIU (2002-died before submission)
  19. Mali Eisenberg-Gotdiener, Witness, Alarmer, Documenter and Commemorator: Rabbi Moshe Prager and the Holocaust, MA-thesis, Dept. of Jewish History, BIU (2003-2005)

24.

25.Miriam Zalmanovich, The Jewish Woman in Latvia During the Holocaust, MA-thesis, BIU (2005-2096)

  1. Sarit Shavit, Leni Yahil: Her Historiography and her Impact on Holocaust Historiography in Israel and Abroad, MA-thesis, Dept. of Jewish History, BIU, (2006-2008)
  2. (Co-supervision, with Dr. Kimmy Caplan) Mali Eisenberg-Gotdiener, From Personal Experience to Vocation: The Holocaust as a Founding Motif in Moshe Prager's Private and Public Spheres – A Key Haredi Figure in the Yishuv and the State of Israel, PhD-thesis, Dept. of Jewish History, BIU (2006-2010)
  3. Uri Kalt, The Reconstruction of Belzer Hassidism in Israel, 1945-1961, MA-thesis, Interdisciplinary Dept. of Contemporary Jewry, BIU (2006-2008)
  4. (Co-supervision, with Dr. Kimmy Kaplan), Michal Sha’ul, Holocaust Survivors and Holocaust Memory in the Rehabilitation of Ashkenazi Haredi Society in the Yishuv and the State of Israel, 1945-1961, PhD-thesis, Department of Jewish History, BIU (2005-2009) – with distinction
  5. (Co-supervison with Prof. Shlomo Spitzer) Rafaela Stankevitch, The Lackenbach Jewish Community in the Burgenland: Preserving Jewish Life and Identity in the Early Modern and Modern Ages ,Dept. of Jewish History,  PhD-thesis, BIU (2005-2010)
  6. Yoni Charki, The Historiography of Uriel Tal and its Significance, MA thesis, Dept. of Jewish History, BIU (2007-2011)

32.

33.

34.German Occupation Policies in the Regions of Southern Russia and the Spectrum of Responses by the Local Population (June 1942-February 1943, PhD-thesis, Dept. of General History, Haifa University (2009-2012)

  1. Yuval Naor, The Role of Theatre in the Development of Israeli Holocaust Memory: Three Case Studies, Dept. of Jewish History, MA-thesis, BIU (2011-2013)
  2. Shoham Shaar, The History of the Smolensk Ghettto and the Ghettos of the Smolensk District, Dept. of Jewish History, MA-thesis, BIU (2011-)

37.

  1. Shay Wineapple, What did the British Authorities, Media and Public Know about the Extermination of European Jewry by Nazi Germany? MA-thesis, Dept. of Jewish History, BIU (2012-2013)
  2. Roni Stein, Religious Zionism's Attitudes Towards Holocaust Memorial Day in Israel, 1948-1978, , MA-thesis, Dept. of Jewish History, BIU (2012-)
  3. Aline Pennewaard, The Deportation of Dutch Jewry to the Concentration Camps, 1942-1943, MA-thesis, Holocaust Studies Program, Haifa University (2013-2014)
  4. Pnina Rotem, Jewish Education in Nazi Concentration Camps in the Netherlands, 1942-1943, Equivalent of MA-thesis, Department of Jewish History, BIU (2013-2014)
  5. Yehudit Levin, From Restriction of Freedom and of Occupations to Denial of Civil and Human Rights:  The Process of Economic and Social Deterioration of the State of the Jews in Hungary in the Countryside Cities, 1939-1944, Through the Eyes of One Family, MA-thesis, Dept. of Jewish History, BIU (2014-)
  6. Aline Pennewaard, Ph-D thesis, "Behind the Lists: The Deportation of Dutch Jewry to the Concentration and Annihilation Camps, 1842-1944", Haifa University  (2014-)
  7. Aviv Shashar, "Durchgangstrasse. The German Construction of Highways in the Occupied Soviet Union", Equivalent of MA-thesis, Dept. of Jewish History, BIU (2013-)
  8. Pnina Rotem, Jewish Education in The Netherlands, 1940-1943, PhD-thesis, Department of Jewish History, BIU (2015-)
  9. Simon Goldberg, Writing in Transport: Deportee Letters and the Influence of an Iconic Poem,MA-thesis, Holocaust Studies Program, Haifa University (2014-2015)
  10. Nannie Beekman, The fear of Mauthausen", MA-thesis, Holocaust Studies Program, Haifa University (2015-2016)
  11. Eyal Berger, TBD, PhD-thesis, Dept. of Jewish History, BIU (candidate)
  12. Chaim Zvi Rosenberg, TBD, PhD-thesis, Dept. of Jewish History, BIU (candidate)
  13. Dan Zhits, "The Holocaust of Minsk Jewry: A Comprehensive Analysis", PhD-thesis, Dept of  Jewish History, BIU (candidate)

 

 

 

Post-doctoral theses:

  1. Dr. Ofer Shiff, American Reform Judaism and the Holocaust, BIU, 1993-1995
  2. Dr. Pnina Rosenberg, Yiddish Culture in Internment Camps in Vichy France, BIU, 2002-2004
  3. Dr. Pim Griffioen, Jewish Coping Strategies: Hiding and Escape Opportunities in the Netherlands, 1940-1945, in a Western European Context, Claims Conference Paul Kagan Post-Doc Fellowship, University of Konstanz, Germany (2013-2015)
  4. Dr. Daniel Reiser, A Critical and Annotated Edition of Rabbi Kaonimus Kalmish Shapira’s Sermons and Writings During the Holocaust, Claims Conference Paul Kagan Post-Doc Fellowship, Yad Vashem, (2013-2015)

 

 

 

Supervision of Research projects:

  1. (Joint, with Prof. Y. Don) Economic activities of the Zwanenberg and Hartog families in the Netherlands (Chief investigator: Prof. B.W. de Vries), 1994-1997
  2. (Joint, with Prof. Y. Don) Economic activities of leading Frankfurt families/companies in the beginning of the 19th century (Chief investigator: Prof. Benjamin W. de Vries, 1994-1998; published as Mettle and Metal, Amsterdam 2000)
  1. (Joint with Prof. W.Z. Bacharach) Factual replies to the most common arguments of Holocaust denyers (Investigator: Mrs. Rivka Knoller), 1997- 2002
  2. Religious Zionism in Eretz-Israel vis-à-vis the Holocaust (Dr. Chava Eshkoli), parts I+II, 1992-2007
  3. Lexicon of Rabbis who Perished in the Holocaust (Dr. Pnina Meislish), 1998-2003 (published on the internet, 2008)
  4. 'Jewish integration in the Netherlands and resistance during the Holocaust' (Dr. Ben Braber, Glasgow), 2008-2009

Publications

 

For Prof. Michman Dan's list of publications please click on the link

/files/jewish-history/shared/michman_publication.pdf

Research

Academic profile:

Prof. Michman’s research activities were in the beginning focused on the history of Dutch Jewry. He started, while studying undergraduate and graduate studies at the HebrewUniversity in Jerusalem, with several seminar papers dealing with the emancipation period (18th and 19th centuries); those papers were published as articles in the series Studies on the History of Dutch Jewry (Hebrew) in the 1970s. His Ph.D.-thesis on the Jewish Refugees from Germany in the Netherlands since the rise to power on the Nazi party in Germany through the occupation of Holland (1933-1940), for which he stayed four years in the Netherlands, made him move to 20th century Jewish history. From this point onwards two lines of research developed: the history of Dutch Jewry in the modern period (19th and 20th centuries), and the Holocaust.

 

As for the first field, most of his work has been dedicated to the Holocaust period, the decades preceding it, and to some of its results. Among other issues he studied the attitudes of Dutch society to the Jews during the 1930s and the 1940s. Most notable are the following publications: (1) Pinkas Hakehillot: Holland (in Dutch: Pinkas), a volume written jointly with his father (and with the aid of Mr. H. Beem, an expert on Dutch Yiddish and Jewish life in the countryside). In this book he wrote the entries on all the Jewish communities outside Amsterdam (consisting two-thirds of the book). This book, especially in its updated Dutch version, has been recognized as the authoritative study on Dutch Jewry; since its publication it is constantly quoted in numerous studies, and since 1995 it is also used as a textbook for cultural studies at Dutch high schools. As such, the first edition (of 2700 copies) was sold out, and was reprinted (with some updating) in 1999 (3000 copies). (2) His book Het Liberale Jodendom in Nederland 1929-1943 (Liberal Jewry in the Netherlands 1929-1943) in Dutch, and his articles on Dutch Liberal Jewry in Hebrew and English gave for the first time a description and proper analysis of the history and special character of Liberal Jewry in the Netherlands. These studies contributed both to the history of Dutch Jewry and the history of the Reform movement. (3) He published a Nazi Sicherheitsdienst report on Dutch Jewry from 1939 – 14 months before occupation - which contradicts all that has been written about the Holocaust in Holland, as if policies (including the assembling of information) concerning the Jews started only after the occupation. This is not so much a surprise for those who are closely acquainted with the history and character of the SD as such, but has never been looked for by researchers dealing with Holland; as such, it has already been welcomed in Dutch research as an important eye-opener. However, as the scope of his overall activities broadened, the part dedicated to the Netherlands has become limited.

 

Upon joining the Department of Jewish History at Bar-Ilan University in 1976, Prof. Michman was missioned with the task to teach and research the Holocaust, a then emerging academic field. With the background of his Ph.D.-thesis he first focused on emigration, refugees and rescue issues. From the beginning of the 1980s he started to develop the scientific study of the delicate issue of religious life under Nazi domination, which had hitherto been dealt with in an amateurish and apologetic manner (and while focusing on post-Holocaust faith problems). He has researched this issue ever since, both from the aspect of Nazi policies as from that of daily Jewish life in the communities, the ghettos and the camps. These studies benefited from and contributed to the emerging field of Alltagsgeschichte in the Third Reich. In 1986 he organized an international conference on this topic at Bar-IlanUniversity. Consequently, it can be stated that historical research of religious Jewry during the Nazi period has been an original contribution on my part. Through his studies he could refute and disprove several “axioms” in the field (for instance he has showed that no planned policies on religious issues ever existed, and that the Nazi policy-makers even had no real understanding of Jewish religious life, only acquaintance with some traditional antisemitic perceptions of it).

 

His task at Bar-IlanUniversity, as well as the invitation at the end of 1978 by the Open University of Israel to write a comprehensive course on the Holocaust, challenged him with the need to develop systematic approaches to major issues and a comprehensive view of the Holocaust.[1]Additionally he became interested in theoretical issues of historical thinking. The combination of the two made him develop - as from 1979 onwards - a unique approach which did not exist in Holocaust research and almost does not exist in other historical fields: the analysis of historical views, schools and debates through the angle of definitions, conceptualization and terminology. His findings were published over the years in a series of articles; those were republished in Hebrew in the volume Hashoa Vehikra: Hamsaga, Minuah ve-Sugyot Yesod (The Holocaust and Holocaust Research: Conceptualization, Terminology and Basic Issues, 1998). This book has drawn a lot of attention by scholars, high school teachers and interested lay people. The first print (1000 copies) was sold out within a year, and a second print was released in 2000. The book was translated into French (2001), German (2002), English (UK, 2003), Russian (2005), and Hungarian (2008). The example set by these studies has prompted other scholars, some of them PhD students of professor Michman, to explore the field of Holocaust historiography also in other directions. On his initiative, Yad Vashem held a most successful international conference on “Holocaust Historiography in Context” in November 2004; the proceedings of this volume, containing some 30 articles (and edited by him and Prof. David Bankier), were published by Yad Vashem in 2008.

 

The Open University course itself played a major role in academic Holocaust teaching. Being used as a textbook not only at the Open University but also at other universities and high schools in Israel, it was instrumental in intriducing many new research approaches unknown among Israeli students into the curriculum; for instance, this was the first book in Israel to integrate some “functionalist” insights into the picture of Nazi anti-Jewish policies. The translations of this course into Spanish, Russian and Ukrainian, widely served the scholarly communities in these languages; in Russian and Ukrainian this is until today the only comprehensive introductory book into Holocaust studies, and therefore widely used at both universities and Jewish educational frameworks.

 

Three main other issues were accentuated in his research: The Holocaust in Belgium, the Judenräte and the ghetto phenomenon. In the beginning of the 1980s Prof. Michman was requested by Yad Vashem to write the volume on Belgium in the Comprehensive History of the Holocaust series.  After a short period of investigation it became clear, that basic research on most essential issues was lacking, and that the task could not immediately be carried out. Consequently, he initiated a conference on this issue, which took place at Bar-IlanUniversity in 1989. It was organized in cooperation with the BrusselsCenter for Research and studies on World War II. The proceedings, carefully screened, edited and updated by him, have been published by Yad Vashem (1998). It is the only comprehensive publication on the Holocaust in Belgium outside the French language, and covers a much broader scope than the only comprehensive volume hitherto published in French (by Maxime Steinberg). As such, this is a unique contribution to Holocaust research in Belgium and in general as well. The book, which is constantly quoted in Belgian Holocaust research which matured only in the second half of the 1990s, was reprinted in 2000 and in 2007. As part of his activities as Chief Historian of Yad Vashem, Prof. Michman also edited the volume on Belgium within the Encyclopedia of the Righteous Among the Nations series, writing an extensive introduction to it; this introduction sets rescue efforts in Belgium in the broader contexts of the Holocaust in Belgium and of the Holocaust in general. 

 

When having to prepare the Open University course in the 1980s, and because of his special interest in both Holland and Belgium, he became aware of the fact that the issue of the Jewish Councils has never been dealt with in a comprehensive manner. He started to develop a new view as to the origins and patterns of emergence and application of the concept of the Judenräte. His overall view and some of his findings have been published in a series of articles in several periodicals and books (in Dutch, English, French, Hebrew, Hungarian, Russian and German) since the beginning of the 1990s, and have aroused many reactions in scholarly literature. He has developed his view into a comprehensive study, which will encompass the whole period 1933-1945, and the whole territory under Nazi domination and influence (Europe and North Africa). This study will be published by Yad Vashem in Hebrew, and in German by a German publisher. As a by-product of this study, he has also proposed (2004) an explanation why Reinhard Heydrich’s Schnellbrief of September 21, 1939 – one of the most well-known documents of the Holocaust – was written, an explanation which sheds light on the inner dynamics of anti-Jewish policies at the end of the 1930s.

 

Related to his study of the Judenrat phenomenon is also his innovative study (2008 by Yad Vashem in Hebrew, 2011 by Cambridge University Press in English and 2011 by Fischer Verlag in German) of the historical reasons behind the emergence of the Nazi ghetto phenomenon, which resulted from the Yad Vashem project of a comprehensive Encyclopedia of the Ghettos During the Holocaust (published in 2009). Counter to the common wisdom on this issue, which had been dominated by organizational and bureaucratic approaches (Hilberg, Browning), Prof. Michman has shown that the pre-Nazi cultural image of the Eastern European Jewish ghetto as the source of Jewish power and as a danger for civilization, triggered a reaction of containing Jews in the major cities after the 1939 German invasion of Poland. Thus, not rational antisemitic planning, but rather irrational fear deriving from pre-1939 antisemitic images, caused German administrators in Poland to try to push Jews “back” and together into their “original” centers and contain them in order to halt their influence – until higher orders regarding the ultimate fate of the Jews would be decided upon.

 

As a result of the both rapidly developing field of research on collective memory and the public debate in Israel on Post-Zionism (which touched heavily upon the issue of the Holocaust), Prof. Michman decided as from 1994 to dedicate some of his research interests also to the related issue of the impact of the Holocaust on world Jewry and on Israeli society since 1945. He published several studies (on religious Jewry worldwide, Holocaust terminology in the public debate in Israel, contemporary European Jewish intellectuals' attitude to their role in world Jewry today as a result of the Holocaust, and Post-Zionism), as well as two major collections of clippings and sources on Post-Zionism and the Holocaust (1997, 2008), which are widely used in university teaching and in publications on the issue.

 

A most recent field of Prof. Michman's interest is the relationship between Holocaust and Genocide studies. As genocide studies developed extensively since the 1980s, the place of the Holocaust in them became a contested issue, and the modes of interpretations of the Holocaust itself were affected. In a series of lectures, papers, book reviews and articles Prof. Michman has tried to critically analyze and clarify the terminology and historiography related to this issue, and in the wake of it – to reopen the discussion what "The Holocaust" itself is and show the importance of the perspective of Jewish history for the proper understanding of this event.

 

[1]The Open University course, consisting of 1400 pages + audio- and video-cassettes for studying at home, has been an immense success. The Hebrew version has entered its 21st year in the Open University curriculum, and its separate units are widely used in university teaching as well as at certain high schools in Israel. The course was also translated into Spanish and Russian, and is widely used in Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America; in the former USSR it is the handbook for Holocaust studies.