Photo: Jelmer de Haas
Germany, 1946
historian of the twentieth century

Dan Diner

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.

Published in

Journal Nexus

Nexus 68

Oorlog en vrede

Speaker at


Anniversary Conference

War and Peace

20 September 2014 10.00 - 17.00 National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam