Dr. Michael Berenbaum
Michael Berenbaum is a writer, lecturer, and teacher consulting in the conceptual development of museums and the development of historical films. He is director of the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust at the American Jewish University, where he is also a Professor of Jewish Studies. In the past he has served as the Weinstein Gold Distinguished Visiting Professor at Chapman University, the Podlich Distinguished Visitor at Claremont-McKenna College, the Ida E. King Distinguished Professor of Holocaust Studies at Richard Stockton College for 1999 - 2000, and the Strassler Family Distinguished Visiting Professor of Holocaust Studies at Clark University in 2000.
He was the Executive Editor of the Second Edition of the Encyclopaedia Judaica that reworked, transformed, improved, broadened, and deepened the now classic 1972 work. The EJ won the prestigious Dartmouth Medal of the American Library Association for the Outstanding Reference Work of 2006.
For the three years, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation. He was the Director of the United States Holocaust Research Institute at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Hymen Goldman Adjunct Professor of Theology at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. From 1988 - 1993 he served as Project Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, overseeing its creation. He also served as Director of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington, Opinion Page Editor of the Washington Jewish Week, and Deputy Director of the President's Commission on the Holocaust, where he authored its Report to the President. He has previously taught at Wesleyan University and Yale University, and has served as a visiting professor at three of the major Washington area universities - George Washington University, The University of Maryland, and American University.
Dr. Berenbaum is the author and editor of twenty books, scores of scholarly articles, and hundreds of journalistic pieces. His most recent books include: Not Your Father's Antisemitism, A Promise to Remember: The Holocaust in the Words and Voices of Its Survivors, and After the Passion Has Passed: American Religious Consequences, a collection of essays on Jews, Judaism and Christianity, religious tolerance, and pluralism occasioned by the controversy that swirled around Mel Gibson's film, The Passion of the Christ. He is also the editor of Murder Most Merciful: Essays on the Moral Conundrum Occasioned by Sigi Ziering The Trial of Herbert Bierhoff. In film, his work as co-producer of One Survivor Remembers: The Gerda Weissman Klein Story was recognized with an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, and the Cable Ace Award. He was the historical consultant on The Shoah Foundation's Documentary, The Last Days, which won an Academy Award for the best feature-length documentary of 1998. He was the executive producer, writer, and historian for Desperate Hours on the Holocaust in Turkey, which was broadcast on Public Television in the Fall of 2010 and is a consultant and interviewee on several broadcasts, most recently, Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust, which was broadcast on the BBC in England and on AMC in the United States. For his work in journalism, he won the Simon Rockower Memorial Award of the American Jewish Press Association three times in three different categories during a two-year period.
Dr. Berenbaum is a graduate of Queens College (BA, 1967) and Florida State University (Ph.D., 1975). He has won numerous fellowships, including the Danforth Fellowship, the George Wise Fellowship at Tel Aviv University, and the Charles E. Merrill Fellowship at FSU. He was an elected fellow of the Society for Values in Higher Education. He was given a Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) from Nazareth College in 1995, a Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa) from Denison University in 2000, and a Doctor of Humane Letter (honoris causa) from Gratz College in 2011.
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