David Cesarani is Research Professor in History at Royal Holloway, London. The author of several prize-winning books, he has advised many institutions, NGOs and government bodies on Holocaust and post-Holocaust issues
David Cesarani’s Eichmann: His Life and Crimes (2004) is the first account of Eichmann’s life since the aftermath of his dramatic capture and trial by the Israelis. He describes how Eichmann embraced extermination as a career move and how a normal man became “rotten from the inside out”.
Hanna Yablonka’s The State of Israel VS. Adolf Eichmann (2004) reveals how the 1961 trial was constructed, becoming a turning point for Israeli society and perception of...
Round Table Discussion: Israel at 60, coming of age
A lively debate which went beyond the current issues and will looked at some of the really major questions that can only be approached with a sense of perspective: antisemitism and islamophobia, paralleled by hatred of Israel and fear of the Arab world; the multiplication of diasporas as a result of globalization; the growth of fundamentalism and ultra-orthodoxy; powerlessness and empowerment.
Rehabilitating Rezso Kasztner
Dealing with Satan, Rezso’s Kasztner’s Daring Rescue Mission is the story of Reszo Kasztner, the man responsible for saving Ladislaus Lob and 1670 Jewish men, women and children from Bergen-Belsen. Combining history with memoir and a remarkably honest analysis of morality and survival, Ladislaus Lob examines the life and actions of a man of extraordinary contradictions. A highly controversial figure, regarded by some as a traitor and by many others as a hero, Kasztner was eventually murde...
Major Farran’s Hat
David Cesarani discussed his groundbreaking new book about the brutal murder of Jewish activist Alexander Rubowitz in Palestine in May 1947.
Reading like a heady mix of true crime and polemical narrative history, Major Farran’s Hat investigates a shady murder mystery of violence, cover ups and expediency that throws light on Britain’s legacy in the Middle East – a cautionary tale with remarkable and troubling resonance for us all.
A fascinating exploration of J...
Jesus and the Jews
Why is Jesus the source of fascination in modern Jewish thought? How has Christianity changed Jewish practice and how did Judaism shape the medieval imagination?
We discovered the Jews who insisted on Jesus’ Jewish-ness, the movement to identify Jesus as an Aryan, and how an examination of the Virgin Mary can offer a glimpse into the links and catastrophic breaks between the Abrahamic faiths.
Professors Susannah Heschel and Miri Rubin, two leading scholars in the field offered...
Sarah Helm on Ravensbrück and David Cesarani on Germany 1933-49
Ravensbrück was the only concentration camp with solely female occupants; today it is barely known. Sarah Helm has written the definitive account of the camp, singling out many acts of heroism among the atrocities.Drawing on newly-translated testaments and research, David Cesarani’s Final Solution: The Fate of the Jews 1933-49 demonstrates the surprising lack of inevitability in the events that culm...