Academic Advisory Board


External Academic Advisory Board

HBI Project on Families, Children and the Holocaust
Joanna Michlic, Ph.D., Director
April 2009


Suzanne Bardgett
Head of Department of Holocaust and Genocide History
Imperial War Museum, London UK

Suzanne Bardgett studied modern history at Durham University and shortly afterwards joined the Imperial War Museum London. In 1995, she was appointed project director of the IWM's Holocaust Exhibition, which opened in 2000 after five years of planning and research. She subsequently led the team, which created the adjacent exhibition "Crimes against Humanity: an exploration of genocide and ethnic violence" (opened 2002) and was facilitator and content consultant on the Srebrenica Memorial Room in Bosnia Hercegovina (opened 2007). She continues to represent the interests of both these exhibitions and is currently heading up the museum's research strategy.

Omer Bartov
John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History
Brown University

Omer Bartov is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Academy in Berlin, the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Davis Center at Princeton, and others. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His books include "The Eastern Front, 1941-45" (1985), "Hitler's Army" (1991), "Murder in Our Midst" (1996), "Mirrors of Destruction" (2000), "Germany's War and the Holocaust" (2003)," The 'Jew' in Cinema" (2005), and "Erased: Vanishing Traces of Jewish Galicia in Present-Day Ukraine" (2007). He is currently writing a history of the town of Buczacz in Eastern Galicia.

Yehuda Bauer
Emeritus Prof. of Hebrew University
Academic Advisor International Institute for Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem

Yehuda Bauer (born 1926) is a preeminent historian and scholar of the Holocaust. He is an author of numerous seminal books and articles, and one of the founders of the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem. He is a retired professor of Holocaust studies at the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 1998, he was the recipient of the Israel Prize, the highest civilian award in Israel. In 2001, he was elected amMember of the Israeli Academy of Science.

Harold J. Bursztajn, MD

Harold J. Bursztajn, MD  has over 25 years of service as a distinguished patient care-focused clinician and as senior clinical faculty at Harvard Medical School. Among his many distinctions at Harvard Medical School is being recognized as a practicing "doctor's doctor" by being named principal mentor at Harvard Medical School and being awarded the A. Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award, as well as being the first physician/forensic psychiatrist in Harvard Medical School's history to be appointed as the representative of the Harvard Medical School Alumni board of directors to the Harvard University Alumni Board. He continues to be active in patient care, forensic consultation and judicial education. Among the many clinical honors bestowed by Bursztajn's patients and colleagues nationwide is his being recently named to the "Best Doctors in America" list.

He is co-founder of the program in psychiatry and the law at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center department of psychiatry of Harvard Medical School and associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is author of the highly acclaimed book "Medical Choices, Medical Chances." Among his other leading contributions to medical and mental health education are three books: Divided Staffs, Divided Selves, a Case Approach to Mental Health Ethics; Decision Making in Psychiatry and the Law; and Psychiatric Ethics and the Rights of Persons with Mental Disabilities in Institutions and the Community, as well as numerous articles in medicine, psychiatry, forensic neuropsychiatry and clinical ethics. Bursztajn consults clinically and forensically, provides second opinions in patient care, teaches medical students and conducts continuing medical education courses for professionals. He is consulted regularly by a variety of students and professionals, ranging from members of hospice ethics committees to surgical grand rounds attendees.

There are a variety of areas of human suffering which, insofar as they evoke painful or frightening feelings, can become all too sadly unspeakable. Among his special interests are the long-term consequences of massive psychic trauma. Over the years he has explored this topic in workshops for health care providers both nationally and internationally. Bursztajn's motivation for becoming a doctor and for continuing to practice clinically and to teach nationally can be found in the following article: "The Shoah and its Aftermath," which presents the testimony of Dr. Bursztajn father, a Holocaust survivor.

Deborah Dwork, Rose Professor of Holocaust History
Director, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Clark University

Debórah Dwork is the founding director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University. Dwork has been, inter alia, a Guggenheim Fellow, a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies. Her books include "Children With A Star and Auschwitz," co-authored with Robert Jan van Pelt that received the National Jewish Book Award, the Spiro Kostoff Award. Her most recent book, "The Terezin Album of Marianka Zadikow," is an annotated, edited poesie album collected by a Jewish inmate as the Germans pressed forward with deportations from Theresienstadt. Her new work, "Flight from the Reich: Jewish Refugees, 1933-1946" (April 2009), coauthored with van Pelt, focuses on the ever dwindling choices open to refugees, and the often painful decisions of the many people who dealt with them – consuls; immigration officers and other government officials; church, health, and social workers; volunteers; and private individuals.

Heide Fehrenbach
Presidential Research Professor
History Department
Northern Illinois University

Heide Fehrenbach is Presidential Research Professor and professor of history at Northern Illinois University. She has published widely on the social and cultural effects of Nazism and World War II, postwar experiences of military occupation and democratization, American-European interactions, and transitions in racial and gender ideologies after 1945. Her books include the prize-winning "Cinema in Democratizing Germany" (Chapel Hill, 1995), "Race after Hitler: Black Occupation Children in Postwar Germany and America" (Princeton, 2005, pbk. 2007), and "After the Nazi Racial State: Difference and Democracy in Germany and Europe" (Ann Arbor, 2009), which was co-authored with Rita Chin, Geoff Eley and Atina Grossmann. Her research has been funded by fellowships from the ACLS, NEH, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service and the American Academy in Berlin. Currently, she is at work on a study of the effects of world war, Nazism and military occupation on international child welfare work and national norms of family constitution in Europe and the United States after 1945.

Eva Fogelman,
Psychologist NYC

Dr. Eva Fogelman is a psychologist, author, filmmaker and long time Jewish feminist activist. She was a founding member of Ezrat Nashim, the first Jewish feminist group, NYC and helped organize the First Jewish Feminist Conference, 1973 in NYC. Fogelman is in private practice, co-directs a research project on the international study of organized persecution of children (Child Development Research) and Psychotherapy with Generations of the Holocaust and Related Traumas at the Training Institute for Mental Health. She was a pioneer in starting groups for generations of the Holocaust in the United States and abroad. She is the author of the Pulitzer Prize nominee "Conscience and Courage: Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust" and writer and co-producer of "Breaking the Silence: The Generation After the Holocaust." Fogelman was a senior research fellow at Brandeis University (1978-79) and she worked with Morrie Schwartz. She co-founded the Jewish Foundation for Christian Rescuers (ne Jewish Foundation for the Righteous), which provides stipends to 1,600 rescuers. She is an advisor to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, co-chair of the American Friends of the Counseling Center for Women in Israel, vice-chair of the American Gathering and Federation of Holocaust Survivors and their Descendents, among other organizations.

Zvi Gitelman
Professor of Political Science and Preston R. Tisch Professor of Judaic Studies, The University of Michigan

Zvi Gitelman is professor of political science at the University of Michigan, where he is also Preston Tisch Professor of Judaic Studies and was director of the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies and the Center for Russian and East European Studies. He has won several teaching awards at Michigan. Gitelman was educated at Columbia University. He is the author or editor of 14 books and over 100 articles. His book "A Century of Ambivalence: The Jews of Russia and the Soviet Union since 1881" has been published in Russian and Japanese. His most recent edited volume is "Ethnicity or Religion? The Evolution of Jewish Identities" (April 2009). Currently Gitelman is completing a book on the meanings of Jewishness in post-Soviet Russia and Ukraine and is researching the Holocaust in the USSR.  

Stephen J. Glantz
Writer and journalist

Stephen J. Glantz has worked in  journalism, television and film for the past 30 years. Since 1998, he has focused his work on the Holocaust and has collaborated with Artur Brauner, the German producer of 22 Holocaust films which have included the award-winning"Garden of the Finzi Continis" and "Europa Europa." For Brauner, Glantz has written "Lara" (2000),"Babij Jar" (2002), and "The Last Train" (2003). His Holocaust films will be part of the permanent collection of the new Visual Hall at Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem. In conjunction with the Rhode Island Memorial Holocaust Museum, Glantz, partnered with Agnieszka Holland, and is currently developing a series of films based on children’s diaries from the Holocaust, World War II and modern countries, where children are affected by war and genocide. "Clara’s War," co-authored with Clara Kramer and based on her Holocaust diary was published in April of 2008 in the U.K. by Ebury press and will be published in the United States by the Ecco Press imprint of Harper Collins in April of 2009.

He has served as a scholar-in-residence at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute.

Prof. Henry Greenspan
Residential College
University of Michigan

Henry Greenspan, Ph.D., is a psychologist and playwright at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  He has been teaching and writing about Holocaust survivors, and retelling for more than 30 years. He is the author of "On Listening to Holocaust Survivors: Recounting and Life History" (second edition, due 2010) and, with Agi Rubin, "Reflections: Auschwitz, Memory and a Life Recreated." In 2000, he was the annual Weinmann lecturer at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. His play, "Remnants," has been performed at more than 200 venues worldwide.

Prof. Israel Gutman
Emeritus Prof. of Hebrew University
Academic Advisor International Institute for Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem

Prof. Israel Gutman is one of the founders of the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem and was the head between 1993-1996. He was a chief historian of Yad Vashem between 1996-2000 and since then has been its academic advisor. Gutman is among the historians who crystallized the historical data at Yad Vashem’s Historical Museum that opened in 2005. His publications include: "Men and ashes – the History of Auschwitz-Birkenau"; "Youth Movements in the Underground and the Ghetto Revolts"; "The Jews of Warsaw, 1939-1945: Ghetto, Underground, Revolt"; "Struggles in Darkness: Studies in Holocaust and Resistance"; and "Emanuel Ringelblum: The Man and the Historian."

Prof. Marion Kaplan
Skirball Prof. of Modern Jewish History
Dept. of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, NYU

Marion Kaplan is Skirball Professor of Modern Jewish History at New York University. She is the author of "The Jewish Feminist Movement in Germany: The Campaigns of the Jüdischer Frauenbund, 1904 1938" (1979). She also wrote "The Making of the Jewish Middle Class: Women, Family and Identity in Imperial Germany" (1991), which won the American Historical Association Conference Group in Central European History Book Prize for 1991/92 and the National Jewish Book Award. Her next book, "Between Dignity and Despair: Jewish Life in Nazi Germany," was published in 1998 and won the 1996 Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History from the Wiener Library and the Institute of Contemporary History, London. It was named a 1998 Notable Book by the New York Times and won the National Jewish Book Award. She further edited and contributed to "The Marriage Bargain: Women and Dowries in European History" (1985) and "Jewish Daily Life in Germany, 1618-1945" (2005), and was a co-editor and contributor to "When Biology Became Destiny: Women in Weimar and Nazi Germany" (1984) and "Jüdische Welten: Juden in Deutschland vom 18. Jahrhundert bis in die Gegenwart" (2005). Her "Dominican Haven: The Jewish Refugee Settlement in Sosúa, 1940-1945"  (2008) was chosen as a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award.

Lawrence Langer
Professor of English emeritus at Simmons College in Boston

Lawrence L. Langer was born in New York City and educated at City College of New York and Harvard University. He is professor of English emeritus at Simmons College in Boston. Among his books are "The Holocaust and The Literary Imagination"; "Holocaust Testimonies: The Ruins of Memory," which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism in 1991; "Art from the Ashes: A Holocaust Anthology"; "Preempting the Holocaust"; and, most recently, "Using and Abusing the Holocaust." He has also collaborated with Samuel Bak on five volumes of the artist’s work, for which he wrote critical introductions and commentaries.

Daniel Libeskind
Architect, NYC

Daniel Libeskind, B.Arch., M.A. BDA AIA is an international figure in architectural practice and urban design. Born in postwar Poland in 1946, Libeskind became an American citizen in 1965. In 1989, he won the competition for the Jewish Museum Berlin, which opened to the public in September 2001 to wide public acclaim. He designed numerous buildings, including the city museum of Osnabrück, Germany; the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester; the Graduate Student Centre at the London Metropolitan University; and the Danish Jewish Museum. Most recently, he designed the Frederic C. Hamilton building, Extension to the Denver Art Museum, alongside the Denver Museum Residences, in Colorado; the Extension to the Royal Ontario Museum, Canada; an extension to the Jewish Museum Berlin, which covers the original Courtyard; and the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. He has received numerous awards, including the 2001 Hiroshima Art Prize – an award given to an artist whose work promotes international understanding and peace, never before given to an architect. In 2004, Mr. Libeskind was appointed the first cultural ambassador for architecture by the U.S. Department of State, as part of the CultureConnect Program. In September, 2004, Riverhead Books (Penguin Group) published his personal memoir, "Breaking Ground."

Dalia Ofer
Max and Rita Haber Prof. of Contemporary Jewry and Holocaust Studies, Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry
& Melton School for Jewish Education, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Dalia Ofer is a Max and Rita Haber Professor of Holocaust and East European Studies, Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry and the Melton Center for Jewish Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She held a number of distinguished visiting professor positions and published and edited six books in Hebrew and English. She has also published numerous articles on the history of the Holocaust, immigration to Palestine and Israel, gender, the memory of the Holocaust in Israel, and the teaching of the Holocaust. She received in 1991 the Ben Zvi Award for "Derech Bayam: Aliyah Bet Bitkufat Hashoah" (Jerusalem: Yad Ben Zvi, 1988); in 1992, the Jewish Book Award for "Escaping the Holocaust: Illegal Immigration to the Land of Israel" (New York: Oxford University Press, 1990); and in 1999, she was a finalist of the Jewish Book Awards in both categories for "Holocaust and Women, Women in the Holocaust" (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998), co-edited with Lenore J. Weitzman.

Sigmund Rolat
Philanthropist, NYC

Sigmund Rolat was born in Czestochowa, Poland 78 years ago. After a happy early childhood, he survived World War II in hiding and in the forced labor camp Hasag Pelcery. His parents and older brother Jerzyk were killed in the Holocaust. Rolat came to the United States in 1948 and currently resides in New York City. He is married to Jacqueline Rolat and has three children – Geoffrey, Samantha and Amanda and four grandchildren. He received his bachelor's degree from the Liberal Arts College at the University of Cincinnati in 1952, and shortly thereafter entered the New York University Law School. In 1955, Rolat earned a master's in international relations at New York University.

Rolat established a shipping business in 1959. Skyline Shipping Corp. was a licensed international freight forwarder from 1959 through 1974, at which time the business was purchased by, and merged with, Francesco Parisi Co., a large Italian concern. In 1962, his business activities broadened into the field of finance when Oxford International Corporation was formed to act as a Confirming House. This establishment, of which he is president and sole shareholder, handled exports primarily from the United States to Europe, the Middle East, Australia and Rolat served as president, was added to specialize in shipments from this country and the Far East to the entire African continent. 

Rolat’s additional business interests include proprietary involvement in several other companies with subsidiary roles to the Confirming Houses, real estate holdings, and investments in Poland where he serves as president of Oxford Polska. Rolat’s chief philanthropic endeavor is the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. He is the chairman of the North American Council of the Museum. He has been member of the executive committee and the board of governors of the Ben Gurion University of the Negev, and a member of the board of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies. He serves on numerous advisory boards, which include the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture, American Society for Jewish Heritage in Poland and the President’s Council of the Graduate Theological Union, in Berkeley, Calif. He is also actively involved in the Krakow Jewish Cultural Festival, the Shalom Foundation and the Forum for Dialog Among Nations. Additionally, he is the president of the newly formed World Society of Czestochowa Jews and Their Descendants and the chairman of the Friends of Shalom Foundation. 

Nicholas Stargardt
Professor of History, Oxford University, UK

Nicholas Stargardt is the author of "The German Idea of Militarism: Radical and Socialist Critics" (1994), an intellectual and political history of anti-militarist movements in Germany before the First World War, and of "Witnesses of War: Children’s Lives under the Nazis" (2005), which offered the first social history of Nazi Germany in the Second World War through the eyes of children. This has been translated into Dutch, Portuguese, Italian and German. He is currently writing a social history of Germany in the Second World War, focusing on military and civilian morale. He teaches Modern European History at Magdalen College, Oxford.

Liliane Targownik
Filmaker, Israel

Liliane Targownik was born in Munich. After graduating from the Academy for Television & Film (HFF) in Munich she worked as director, scriptwriter and journalist for television and radio in Germany and Israel. She completed another master's degree from Tel Aviv University in Jewish Philosophy in 2003. Targownik has served as a visiting lecturer at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Film Academy, the Academy for Television & Film (HFF) in Munich, the Tel Aviv University, film and television department and the Sam Spiegel Film and TV School, Jerusalem. Her films include: "Da schaut man nicht" (1982), "Zwischenspiel" (1988), "Aktion Suehnezeichen" (1989), "Moving" (1991), and "Rosenzweig's Freedom" (Rosenzweigs Freiheit, 1998; winner Hollywood Film Festival 1999, and German Union Award  (DAG) in Gold in 2000.) She is currently teaching at the IDC Herzliya, Israel.

Targownik served as a scholar-in-residence at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute.

Suzanne Vromen of Bard College
Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Bard College

Suzanne Vromen is professor emeritus of sociology at Bard College where she taught for 22 years. She was living in Belgium when the Germans invaded the country in 1940. After a year under Nazi occupation, with her family she succeeded in escaping and finding refuge in the Belgian Congo. She received her master's in urban planning from Columbia University, and a master's degree and doctorate in sociology from New York University. At Bard College, besides teaching in and chairing the sociology department, she co-founded the women's studies program in 1979 and directed it for eight years. She has held visiting positions at Vassar College, at the University of Haifa and recently taught as a Fulbright senior specialist at the Buber Institute of the Free University of Brussels. She has offered courses on the Holocaust for many years, given workshops for high school teachers under the auspices of Facing History and Ourselves, and lectured at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City and at Taglit-Birthright Israel. She is the author of "Hidden Children of the Holocaust: Belgian Nuns and Their Daring Rescue of Young Jews from the Nazis," published by Oxford University Press. Her other publications address collective memory, nostalgia and commemoration, social theorists Georg Simmel and Maurice Halbwachs, the identities of Jewish-American women and Hannah Arendt's Jewish identity.  

David Weinberg, Director
Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies
Wayne State University

David Weinberg is director of the Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies and professor of history at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. He has lectured and published extensively in the field of modern Jewish history, with special interest in the history of French Jewry. Weinberg is the author of "Between Tradition and Modernity: Haim Zhitlowski, Simon Dubnow, Ahad Ha-Am, and the Shaping of Modern Jewish Identity" (Holmes & Meier, 1996), and "A Community on Trial: The Jews of Paris in the 1930s" (Chicago, 1974). Weinberg is preparing a monograph on European Jewish life after World War II.

Lenore Weitzman
Clarence J. Robinson Professor of sociology and Law, George Mason University

Sociologist Lenore Weitzman is known in recent years for her many contributions to the field of Holocaust studies, especially for her innovation of carrying out a gendered analysis of the subject. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her work on the Holocaust, and is a co-editor with Dalia Ofer, of the groundbreaking "Women in the Holocaust," a Jewish Book Award finalist. A professor of history, sociology, gender studies, and law, Weitzman has also published widely on the social and economic consequences of divorce. 

Weitzman served as a scholar-in-residence at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute.

James E. Young
Professor and Chair
Department of Judaic & Near Eastern Studies
University of Massachusetts Amherst

James E. Young is professor of English and Judaic studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he has taught since 1988, and is currently chair of the department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies. Young is the author of "Writing and Rewriting the Holocaust" (1988); "The Texture of Memory" (Yale University Press, 1993), which won the National Jewish Book Award in 1994; and "At Memory's Edge: After-images of the Holocaust in Contemporary Art and Architecture" (Yale University Press, 2000). He was also the guest curator of an exhibition at the Jewish Museum in New York City, entitled "The Art of Memory: Holocaust Memorials in History" (March-August 1994, with venues in Berlin and Munich, September 1994-June 1995) and was the editor of "The Art of Memory" (Prestel Verlag, 1994), the exhibition catalogue for this show. In 2000, he was appointed as editor-in-chief of the Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization, a ten-volume anthology of primary sources, documents, texts and images, forthcoming with Yale University Press. At present, he is completing an insider’s story of the World Trade Center Memorial, entitled "Memory at Ground Zero: A Juror’s Report on the World Trade Center Site Memorial." 


Internal Academic Advisory Board

Sylvia Barack Fishman is incoming chairperson of the Near Eastern and Judaic studies department at Brandeis University, and professor of contemporary Jewish life. She is co-director of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and is a faculty affiliate of the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies.

Barack Fishman’s new study of the gap between the way Jewish men women relate to Jews and Judaism, "Matrilineal Ascent/ Patrilineal Descent: The Gender Gap in American Jewish Life," was discussed in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation and The Boston Globe, as well as Ha’aretz and The Jerusalem Post. Her recent book, "The Way Into the Varieties of Jewishness," explores diverse understandings of Jewish identity, religion and culture across the centuries, from ancient to contemporary times. Her interview research with Jewish and non-Jewish men and women, as reported in two books, "Choosing Jewish: Conversations About Conversion" and "Double Or Nothing? Jewish Families and Mixed Marriage," has precipitated lively scholarly and communal discussion. She is currently conducting a study of “Cultural Contexts Shaping Young Jewish Leaders.” Fishman is the author of seven books and numerous monographs and articles on the interplay of American and Jewish values, transformations in the American Jewish family, the impact of Jewish education, gender studies focusing on the changing roles of Jewish men and women, and contemporary Jewish literature and film. She has written analyses of portrayals of Jews in Jewish literature, film and popular culture, and her literary studies range from biblical characters to the novels of Philip Roth.

ChaeRan Y. Freeze,
Associate Professor, NEJS, Brandeis University

ChaeRan Y. Freez has focused her research on the history and culture of the Jews in Russia, Jewish family history and women’s and gender studies. Her first book, "Jewish Marriage and Divorce in Imperial Russia" (Waltham: Brandeis University Press, 2001) received the Koret Foundation Publication Award and the Salo Baron Award for the best first book in Jewish studies. The book will be published in Hebrew by the Zalman Shazar Center (2009). Freeze also edited "Polin: Jewish Women in Eastern Europe" (Vol. 18) with Paula Hyman and Antony Polonsky. This volume is the first collection of essays devoted to the study of Jewish women’s experiences in Eastern Europe. Her most recent book in progess, "Everyday Jewish Life in Imperial Russia, 1825-1914: Select Documents" (coauthored with Jay Harris) documents the “everyday” as a site of interaction with modernity where Jews confronted the unfamiliar and negotiated their environment in strategic and creative ways. In 2007-2008, she worked on her new book project, "Sex and the Shtetl: Gender, Family, and Jewish Sexuality in Tsarist Russia" as the Alan M. Stroock Fellow for Advanced Research in Jewish Studies at Harvard University. She is also working on a book on the diaries of Zinaida Poliakova.

Sylvia Fuks Fried
Executive Director, The Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry

Sylvia Fuks Fried is executive director of the Tauber Institute. She is associate editor of the Tauber Institute publication series and the Brandeis University Press representative to the editorial committee of the University Press of New England. Fried serves on the executive committee of the Center for German and European Studies and as director of publications for the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University.

Antony Polonsky
Albert Abramson Professor of Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Brandeis University
Brandeis University

Antony Polonsky was a founder and is now vice-president of the Institute for Polish-Jewish Studies in Oxford and of the American Association for Polish-Jewish Studies, Cambridge, Mass. He is the author of salient works on Polish history, and also the editor of numerous works, including Abraham Lewin’s "A Cup of Tears: A Diary of the Warsaw Ghetto" (Blackwell, 1988, paperback, 1990, French edition, 1991, Japanese edition, 1992), which was awarded the Joseph and Edith Sunlight Literary Prize in 1989 and the prize of the Jewish Book Council of America in the Holocaust section in 1990; "‘My Brother’s Keeper?’ Recent Polish Debates about the Holocaust" (Routledge, 1990); and (with Joanna Michlic), "The Neighbors Respond: The Controversy over the Jedwabne Massacre in Poland" (Princeton University Press, 2004). He is also the editor of "Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry" of which 21 volumes have appeared. "Polin" was the winner of the 1999 National Jewish Book Award in the category of Eastern European Studies and runner up in the same section in 2006. At present, he is working on a three-volume history of the Jews in Poland and Russia from 1350 to the present day.

Prof. Shulamit Reinharz
Director of the HBI, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and Prof. of Sociology, Brandeis University

Shulamit Reinharz was born in Amsterdam and grew up in New Jersey. She received her doctorate from Brandeis University. In 1997, Hadassah’s National Commission on American Jewish Women established the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, which Reinharz heads to this day. In 2001, she opened the Women’s Studies Research Center, which she designed and raised all the funds. The holder of the Jacob Potofsky Chair of Sociology, Reinharz is the author or co-author of 10 books including most recently, "The JGirls’ Guide" and the highly praised "American Jewish Women and the Zionist Enterprise." She is currently writing a book, a memoir "In Four Hands," which analyzes her father’s experience in Holland during the Holocaust.

Sharon Pucker Rivo
Executive Director, National Center for Jewish Film
And Adjunct Associate Professor of Jewish Film, Brandeis University

Sharon Pucker Rivo, executive director and co-founder of The National Center for Jewish Film, has been a leading force in the field of Jewish film and culture for more than three decades. In the mid-1970s, Rivo and a colleague rescued a languishing collection of Yiddish-language feature films produced in the 1930s and 1940s. Today, the National Center for Jewish Film is the largest archive and distributor of Jewish film in the world, outside of Israel, with 12,000 reels of feature films, documentaries, home movies and institutional films dating from 1903 to the present, distributing over 350 films and selling DVDs to venues around the world. Rivo has received numerous awards and honors including the Zvi Cohen Leadership Award from the Boston Center for Jewish Heritage 2007.