Dan Diner

Germany, 1946

Dan Diner was born in Munich as the son of East-European Jews. He grew up in Israel and Germany and is considered to be among the most eminent historians of our times. He is Professor of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Director of the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish history and culture at the University of Leipzig. His studies on the European history of the twentieth century, Beyond the Conceivable (2000), Cataclysms: A History of the Twentieth Century from Europe’s Edge (2008) and his recent Zeitenschwelle: Gegenwartsfragen an die Geschichte (‘Time’s Threshold: Contemporary Issues in History’, 2010), are widely perceived as thorough and insightful reflections on the ways in which we should discuss the major tragedies of this period, namely the two world wars and the Holocaust.