Rosenthal Visiting Fellow, Spring 2007, Archive


David Silberklang, Ph.D.

Yad Vashem
Rothberg International School
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Judaic Studies is delighted to announce that Professor David Silberklang will serve as the Rosenthal Visiting Fellow from January through May 2007 at Case Western Reserve University.

David Silberklang is a senior historian at Yad Vashem, where he serves as Editor-in-Chief of Yad Vashem Studies, a leading scholarly journal on the Holocaust. He is also a lecturer in Jewish History in the Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and has taught graduate seminars in the Institute for Contemporary Jewry at Hebrew University as well. At Yad Vashem, he is also Series Editor of the survivor memoir series – the Holocaust Survivors' Memoirs Project. In April 2006 he was appointed Israel's representative on the Academic Working Group of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research.

In the past David has been a Yad Vashem educator (1982-89); Chief Historian of Yad Vashem's Museum Development Project (1994-1997), in which capacity he wrote the conceptual historical outline that served as the basis for the content of the new historical museum at Yad Vashem opened in March 2005; adjunct professor in the BA and MA programs at the IDF Military College (2002-2004); was founding Assistant Editor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies (1985-1995); and was a research historian for Scotland Yard and for the Canadian Department of Justice in connection to war crimes investigations in those countries (1989-1996).

David's research interests have included the Holocaust in Poland, Nazi population and forced labor policies in Eastern Europe, Allied responses to the Holocaust, the Jews' responses to the Holocaust. He has published numerous scholarly articles and reviews, and his book, Gates of Tears, will be coming out in Hebrew next year and in English shortly after.

David received his BA from Columbia University and his MA and PhD from the Hebrew University. He was born in Brooklyn, has been living in Israel for 27 years, and is married to Bobbie. They have four children.

During his visit to the Rosenthal Center, Professor Silberklang will be teaching two courses at for the Judaic Studies Program at Case Western Reserve University:  “Issues in the Study of the Holocaust”, in the Religion and History Departments; and a seminar called “Being Human in the Holocaust”, for the SAGES program. 

Dr. Silberklang's Public Appearances:

January 27, 2007
"Secret Last Letters from the Holocaust," Temple Beth-El Heights Synagogue, 3246 Desota Avenue, Cleveland Heights, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m., Shabbat "lunch and learn", 216/320-9667

February 7, 2007
Rosenthal Center Public lecture: "What Don't we Know? Unanswered Questions from the Holocaust", 4:00 refreshments, 4:30 lecture, 1914 Lounge, Thwing Center, 11111 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland

February 26:
Jewish Education Center of Cleveland, 12:00 luncheon, "Secret Last Letters from the Holocaust", 12:00 luncheon,  2030 South Taylor, Cleveland Heights, OH  216/371-0446

February 28, 2007
"Directions in Holocaust Commenoration and Education ", Jewish Community Center, 26001 South Woodland Rd. Beachwood, 1:00 p.m., 216/831-0700

March 11, 2007
"Hanging by a Thread: Reflections on being a Jew in the Holocaust," Dinner presentation, 37th Annual Scholars Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches, Sunday, March 10, 2007, 5:30 p.m., Cleveland Downtown Marriott at Key Center, 127 Public Square, Cleveland.  $55.00 dinner and reception, MasterCard and Visa accepted. For reservations, call: 2126/368-8961.

March 11, 2007
7:15 - 9:00 p.m. "New Approaches to Teaching the Holocaust"--paper session chair and discussant, 37th Annual Scholars Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches, Cleveland Downtown Marriott at Key Center. Paper session is free and open to the public.  Hotel parking.

March 27, 2007
"Secret Last Letters from the Holocaust," (variation on a theme), Park Synagogue, 27575 Shaker Boulevard (Park East), Pepper Pike, 12:15 - 1:30 p.m. luncheon presentation

April 18, 2007
Siegel College, "Reflections on the Historical Implications of the Holocaust", presentation at private luncheon to current and recent Siegel graduate students, followed by a private research meeting with Siegel faculty.