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Prof. Dr. Dan Michman

Bar-Ilan University, IL
Guest Fellow

Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS)
School of History
D-79104 Freiburg im Breisgau


Born 1947; 1970-1978 MA and PhD in Modern Jewish History at Hebrew University Jerusalem; 1972-1976 Lecturer in Modern Hebrew and Modern Hebrew Literature, University of Amsterdam; 1972-1976 Lecturer in Jewish History, Dutch Jewish Rabbinical Seminary; 1976-1983 Lecturer in Modern Jewish History/spec. Holocaust; 1983-1989 Senior Lecturer in Modern Jewish History/spec. Holocaust; 1982-1989 Head of the developing staff of the academic course "Bimey Shoa Ufkuda" [Days of Holocaust and Reckoning], The Open University of Israel, Tel Aviv; 1989-1998 Associate Professor in Modern Jewish History/spec. Holocaust; 1987-1999 Full Prof. and Head of the Dept. of History, Orot Israel College; 1998-present Full Professor in Modern Jewish History/spec. Holocaust; 2000-2011Chief Historian, Yad Vashem; 2011-present Head, International Institute for Holocaust Research and Incumbent of the John Najmann Chair in Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem

PUBLICATIONS (10 selected)

- Holocaust Historiography: A Jewish Perspective. Conceptualizations, Terminology, Approaches and Fundamental Issue (London: Vallentine Mitchell, 2003), 456 pp. (also published in Hebrew, 1998; French, 2001; German, 2002; Russian, 2005; Hungarian, 2008)

- [Co-author, with] Geiger, Peter/Brunhart, Arthur/Bankier, David/Moos, Carlo/Weinzierl, Erika, Fragen zu Liechtenstein in der NS-Zeit und im Zweiten Weltkrieg: Flüchtlinge, Vermögenswerte, Kunst, Rüstüngsproduktion. Schlussbericht der Unabhängigen Historikerkommission Liechtenstein Zweiter Weltkrieg (Vaduz/Zürich: Historisches Verein Liechtenstein und Chronos Verlag, 2005), 302 pp. (also in English: 2009)

- The Emergence of Jewish Ghettos during the Holocaust (New York: Cambridge UP,  2011), 191 pp; in German: “Angst vor den Ostjuden.” Die Entstehung der Ghettos während des Holocaust (Frankfurt: S. Fischer Verlag, 2011),  288 pp.; in Hebrew: 2008

- [Editor, with introduction] Belgium and the Holocaust: Germans, Belgians, Jews, (Jerusalem: Yad Vashem and the Spiegel Chair in Holocaust Research, 1998), 593 pp. (second print: 2000)

- [Co-editor, with Roselyne Koren; with introduction] Les intellectuels face a l'affaire Dreyfus: alors et aujourd'hui (Paris: L’Harmattan, 1998), 350 pp. [French and English

- [Editor, with introduction] Remembering the Holocaust in Germany, 1945-2000: German Strategies and Jewish Responses (New York: Peter Lang, 2002), 176 pp.

- [Editor, with introductory article], Encyclopedia of the Righteous Among the Nations: Belgium (Jerusalem: Yad Vashem, 2005), 296 pp.

- [Editor, with introduction], Hashoa Bahistoriya Hayehudit: Historiografiya, Toda’a u-Farshanut [The Holocaust in Jewish History: Historiography, Consciousness, Interpretations] (Jerusalem: Yad Vashem, 2005), 703 pp. [Hebrew]

- [Co-editor + epilogue, with Françoise S. Ouzan] De la mémoire de la Shoah dans le monde juif (Paris: CNRS, 2008), 504 pp.

- [Co-editor with David Bankier + introduction] Holocaust Historiography in Context:  Emergence, Challenges, Polemics and Achievements (Jerusalem: Yad Vashem, 2008), 600 pp.

- [Co-editor with David Bankier + introduction], Holocaust and Justice (Jerusalem: Yad Vashem, 2010), 343 pp.


Judenräte and Judenvereinigungen under National-Socialist Rule and in Nazi Germany's Allied Countries

The book deals with the issue of what is usually called Judenräte (or “headships”) during the National-Socialist regime. The focus lies primarily on understanding who initiated the idea, why and when – issues that have hitherto never been extensively studied. Volume I of this comprehensive study will look at the entire phenomenon, in Germany proper, in the countries occupied by Nazi Germany and in the satellite countries, i.e all over Europe and North Africa. Volume I investigates the emergence of the idea and the first stage of implementation everywhere. Volume II will deal with the functioning of these councils and with their memory after the Second World War.