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Michael A Ream
Oct 23, 2017

Eminent Israeli Holocaust Historian and Yad Vashem Institute Director to Speak at ASU (Oct. 26)

Oct 23, 2017 by Michael A Ream

The Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies has brought many distinguished scholars and historians to the ASU campus in recent years, but few -- if any -- have been as eminent as Professor Dan Michman of Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, in Israel.


The ASU community and general public are invited to Professor Michman’s evening lecture on Thursday, October 26, at 7:30 pm in Belk Library and Information Commons, Room 114. The lecture is entitled “Holocaust Research Since 1990: Contemporary Contexts and Their Impact on the Comprehension of the Event.” The lecture is free of charge and no tickets are required.


Professor Michman is the head of the International Institute for Holocaust Research and incumbent of the John Najmann Chair of Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem. He is also a Professor of Modern Jewish History at the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry and the chair of the Arnold and Leona Finkler Institute of Holocaust Research and incumbent of the Abe and Edita Spiegel Family Chair of Holocaust Research at Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel.


Professor Michman has been at the forefront of Holocaust research in Israel, North America, and Europe for decades. He holds a Ph.D. from Hebrew University and started his career as a lecturer in Jewish History and Biblical Hebrew at the Dutch-Jewish [Ashkenazi Orthodox] Rabbinical Seminary in Amsterdam in the early 1970s. Born to Holocaust survivors in Holland in 1947, Michman and his family came to Israel in 1957, when his father, Joseph Melkman/Michman was appointed to head Yad Vashem as its general director.


Professor Michman has written 14 books, including Pour une Historiographie de la Shoah: Conceptualisations, terminologie, définitions, problèmes fondamentaux (2001), The Emergence of Jewish Ghettos during the Holocaust (2011), and “Angst vor den Ostjuden.” Die Entstehung der Ghettos während des Holocaust (2011). He edited 15 more volumes (plus 5 more in preparation) such as Belgium and the Holocaust: Germans, Belgians, Jews (1998) and Hitler, Ha-Shoa veha-hevra ha-germanit (2007) and authored numerous articles in a variety of languages on the history of Dutch and Belgian Jewry, Israeli society and on various aspects of the Shoah, ranging from historiography, ghettos, religious life and Jewish leadership to problems of Jewish refugees, migration, resistance and survivor communities.


The Center will also organize a lunch research colloquium with Professor Michman on Thursday, October 26, that begins at 12:00 noon. To RSVP for the colloquium and to receive the pre-circulated texts, please email the Center at or call 828.262.2311.


Organized by the Center and co-sponsored by ASU's Department of History, German Program, Department of Philosophy and Religion, the Honors College, ASU’s Hillel chapter, the Temple of the High Country, Academic Affairs and the Office of International Education and Development.