Dan Michman is the Head of the International Institute of Holocaust Research and Incumbent of the John Najmann Chair in Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem, professor of Modern Jewish History and Chair of the Finkler Institute of Holocaust Research at Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan. He has been at the forefront of Holocaust research in Israel, the U.S. and Europe for decades. He was born to Holocaust survivors in Amsterdam in 1947. 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 published numerous books and 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.
His evening talk at Davidson College entitled "'Dire Straits.' Or: What Exactly is 'The Holocaust'?" will tackle the vocabulary, methodology, conceptualization and politics of Holocaust Studies and the Nazi genocide of European Jewry.
Chambers Hance Auditorium (CHAM-4121)
Pegelow Kaplan, Thomas