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Leo Baeck Institute London Lecture Series 2005-06

Leo Baeck Institute London Lecture Series 2005-06

Wiener Library, Centre for German-Jewish Studies and Leo Baeck Institute

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Prof DAVID CESARANI (University of London)

Prof David Cesarani is Research Professor in History, Royal Holloway College, University of London, where he lectures on modern European Jewish History and the Nazi period. He is a former Director of the Wiener Library and has also been a Director of the Parkes Institute at Southampton University. He has published widely, including Eichmann. His Life and Crimes (2004), Justice Delayed and How Britain became a Refuge for Nazi War Criminals (1993).

DR NICHOLAS STARGARDT (Magdalen College, Oxford) 

Dr Nicholas Stargardt is a Fellow in modern European History at Magdalen College, Oxford. He is the author of Witnesses of War: Children’s Lives under the Nazis (2005) and The German Idea of Militarism: Radical and Socialist Critics (1994). He has written widely about modern German history, ranging from the intellectual history of nationalism to children’s art from the Holocaust.

PROF MICHAEL MEYER (Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati)

Professor Michael Meyer was born in Berlin, Germany, and brought to the United States as a small child in 1941. Since 1967 he has been on the faculty of the Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, where he is currently the Adolph S. Ochs Professor of Jewish History.

Gerd Koenen was born 1944 in Marburg, Germany and studied history and politics in Tübingen and Frankfurt. During his studies in the 1960s he was involved in the radical left-wing student movement. He was a member of the German Socialist Student Union (SDS), and joined Maoist circles in the 1970s. He worked later as an editor, journalist, freelance writer and academic assistant of Lew Kopelew.

Gerhard Riegner Memorial Lecture
DR SYBILLE STEINBACHER (Friedrich Schiller University, Jena) 

Dr Sybille Steinbacher is assistant lecturer/research associate in Modern History at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany. From 1999 to 2002, she worked for the Unabhängige Historische Kommission zur Erforschung der Geschichte des Hauses Bertelsmann im Dritten Reich (Independent Historical Commission for Research into the history of the publishing house Bertelsmann in Nazi-Germany). From 2004-2005 she was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for European…

PROF DENNIS B. KLEIN (Kean University, New Jersey)

Prof Dennis B. Klein is Director of the Jewish Studies Program and Professor of History at Kean University in New Jersey. He is the author of four books, including The Jewish Origins of the Psychoanalytic Movement (1985) and Hidden History of the Kovno Ghetto (1997).

He is the founding editor in chief of Dimensions: A Journal of Holocaust Studies and the founding director of the Anti- Defamation League’s Braun Center for Holocaust Studies. He is a Fulbright-Hays Fellow,…


Prof Jean-Francois Bergier was professor of social and economic history at the University of Geneva from 1963-1969 and Professor of History at ETH Zurich since 1969. The main focus of his work is the economic, social and cultural history of Switzerland and alpine countries from medieval times until the present. He is a member of Institut de France and the Académie royale de Belgique and has been Professor emeritus since April 1999.

BEN BARKOW, DR KLAUS LEIST (Wiener Library, London)

Ben Barkow has been Director of the Wiener Library since 2001. He is the author of Alfred Wiener and the Making of the Holocaust Library (1997), the editor of Testaments of the Holocaust, series 1-3 (1998-2000) joint editor of Storeys of Memory (2001) - a volume to mark Britain’s first Holocaust Memorial Day, and co-editor of Philip Manes’ Theresienstadt memoir, Als ob’s ein Leben wär (As though it were a life....) (2005). He teaches a course on antisemitism and the Holocaust at…

PROF SAUL DUBOW (Sussex University)

Prof Saul Dubow is Professor of History at Sussex University. His teaching and research concentrate on the history of modern South Africa from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. His work has focussed on the development of racial segregation and apartheid in all their aspects. He is currently the holder of a British Academy Research Readership and is completing a book on The Commonwealth of Knowledge.

PROF SUSAN NEIMAN (Einstein Forum, Potsdam) 

Prof Susan Neiman is Director of the Einstein Forum in Potsdam, Germany. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, she studied philosophy at Harvard and the Freie Universität Berlin, and taught philosophy at Yale (Assistant and Associate Professor of Philosophy, 1989-1996) and Tel Aviv University (Associate Professor of Philosophy, 1996-2000).

Her areas of speciality are Moral and Political Philosophy and the History of Modern Philosophy. Her most recent publications are Fremde sehen anders. Zur Lage der Bundesrepublik…