David Cesarani


David Cesarani

David Cesarani OBE (born 1956) is an English historian who specialises in Jewish history, especially the Holocaust. He has also written several biographies, notably Arthur Koestler: The Homeless Mind.

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Early life

In his teens, Cesarani, himself a Jew, went to work on a kibbutz and became a member of the Israeli peace movement.

His academic career includes periods at the University of Leeds, where he was Montague Burton Fellow in Modern Jewish History; at Queen Mary, University of London; the University of Southampton; and, most recently, as Research Professor of Jewish History at Royal Holloway, University of London. Between working at Southampton and Royal Holloway he was Director of Studies at the Wiener Library, Britain's largest Holocaust library.

Recent Work and Politics on Holocaust

Cesarani is a member of the Home Office Holocaust Memorial Day Strategic Group and has been Director of the AHRC Parkes Centre, part of the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations. He is co-editor of the journal Patterns of Prejudice and the Parkes-Wiener Series of books on Jewish Studies (published by Vallentine-Mitchell).

In recent years, Cesarani has campaigned against David Irving, the prominent and controversial Holocaust denier, alongside fellow academic Peter Longerich.

In February 2005, Cesarani was awarded an OBE for "services to Holocaust Education and advising the government with regard to the establishment of Holocaust Memorial Day".[1]

Private life

David Cesarani currently lives and works in the Greater London area, as a research professor of history at Royal Holloway College, University of London. He is married and has two children.

Bibliography

As author

  • Justice Delayed: How Britain Became a Refuge for Nazi War Criminals (1992)
  • The Jewish Chronicle and Anglo-Jewry 1841-1991 (1994)
  • Arthur Koestler: The Homeless Mind. (1998)
  • Citizenship, Nationality and Migration in Europe
  • Eichmann: His Life and Crimes, which was published in the USA under the title: Becoming Eichmann: Rethinking the Life, Crimes, and Trial of a "Desk Murderer" (2006)
  • Major Farran's Hat: The Untold Story of the Struggle to Establish the Jewish State (2009)

As editor

  • The Making of Modern Anglo-Jewry (1990)
  • The Final Solution: Origins and Implementation (1994)
  • Genocide and Rescue: The Holocaust in Hungary, 1944 (1997)
  • Port Jews: Jewish Communities in Cosmopolitan Maritime Trading Centuries, 1550-1950 (2002)
  • "Bystanders" to the Holocaust: A Re-evaluation (2002)

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