"Where in the world is Michael Berenbaum today?" Dr. Berenbaum, Director of AJU's Sigi Ziering Institute and international authority on the Holocaust, is in constant demand worldwide. Between January and the end of July this year alone, Dr. Berenbaum will have made presentations in Macedonia, Mexico, Israel, and Poland.
In February, Dr. Berenbaum spoke at three different venues in Mexico City. He gave an overview of the Holocaust to an audience of 1,500 students and scholars at Anahuac Catholic University, where most of those attending knew little, if anything, about this dark chapter in history. Then he spoke to a crowd of almost a thousand people at a Conservative synagogue about the meaning of the Holocaust as it moves from living memory to an historical event. Dr. Berenbaum also addressed students from four Jewish High Schools, to whom he explained why it is important that they remember the Holocaust.
March found Dr. Berenbaum in Macedonia launching and signing his latest book, The Jews in Macedonia during WWII, which has been published in English and Macedonian. Last year, he led the international creative team responsible for the conceptual, intellectual, and historical development of the Macedonian Holocaust Memorial Center, which held a special opening in March 2011; the full museum is scheduled to open in 2013.
This June, he will participate in the Eighth International Conference on Holocaust Education to be held at Yad Vashem, where he will present his views on issues facing Holocaust education in the 21st century. While there, Dr. Berenbaum will be interviewed about his life-long devotion to educating people about the Holocaust, and that interview will become a permanent part of Yad Vashem's multi-media curricula.
For the ninth time, he will visit Jagedonian University in Krakow, Poland where he will teach (non-Jewish) teachers in Poland about the Holocaust and anti-Semitism. His presentations always take place in July during the Krakow Jewish festival.
Dr. Berenbaum is the director of AJU's Sigi Ziering Institute, a think tank which explores the ethical and religious implications of the Holocaust. He is the author and editor of 21 books, and a consultant in the conceptual development of museums, including the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC, and the creation of historical films. He has been a professor of Jewish Studies at AJU since 2002.