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Professor Dina Porat

Prof. Dina Porat, Chief Historian of Yad Vashem speaking on the Day Symposium in honor of Prof. Israel Gutman Prof. Dina Porat, Chief Historian of Yad Vashem speaking on the Day Symposium in honor of Prof. Israel Gutman

Professor Dina Porat, head of the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry, served as head of the Chaim Rosenberg School for Jewish Studies (2004-2008), of the Department of Jewish History  (2000-2003), and of The Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism and Racism (1992-2010) and is incumbent of the Alfred P. Slaner Chair for the Study of Racism and anti-Semitism,  all in Tel Aviv University.

She also serves as Yad Vashem's chief historian as of October 2011.

Awarded TAU’s Faculty of Humanities best teacher for 2004.

Prof. Porat was a Fellow-Member of the Institute for Advanced Studies in The Hebrew University (1985), The Center for Israel and Jewish Studies in Columbia University (1987/8), the Yad-Vashem Researchers Seminar (1995/6), a Visiting Professor at Harvard University (Fall 1999), a Visiting Scholar at NYU (winter 2004) and at the Memorial de la Shoah, Paris (October 2007). Taught in Venice International University, Fall of 2008.

Major Publications:

Author of The Blue and the Yellow Stars of David, The Zionist Leadership in Palestine and The Holocaust, 1939-1945, Harvard University Press, 1990; a 1991 finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. The Hebrew original version (Am Oved, 1986) won the Yad Ben-Zvi Award (1988) and the Kubowitzki Award (1990). Translated into Spanish: Con las manos atadas, El liderazgo zionista y el Holocausto 1939-1945, Yad Vashem, TAU and E.D.Z Nativ Ediciones, 2008. 

Editor of the original (Tel Aviv, 1988) Hebrew version of Avraham Tory’s Surviving the Holocaust, The Kovno Ghetto Diary  (Harvard University Press, 1990), edited and with an introduction by Martin Gilbert, historical and textual notes by Dina Porat. Tory's diary was published in Lithuanian as well, in 2000.

Editor, with Dr. Roni Stauber and Dr. Esther Webman, of Anti-Semitism Worldwide, since 1994, a Tel Aviv University annual.

Author of Beyond the Corporeal, Abba Kovner's Life Story, Am Oved and Yad-Vashem, 2000, Hebrew, which received the Zandman Award and the Buchman Award.
An English version was published by Stanford UP in the fall of 2009, titled The Fall of a Sparrow, The Life and Times of Abba Kovner, and won the National Jewish Book Award for 2009 in the category of biographies, autobiographies and memoirs.

Author of Israeli Society, the Holocaust and its Survivors, a collection of research essays, Vallentine Mitchell, 2008, and of a Hebrew version, The Smoke-smelling Morning Coffee, The encounter of the Yishuv and Israeli Society with the Holocaust and its Survivors., Am oved and Yad Vashem, 2011.

Editor of When Disaster comes from afar, leading Personalities in the Land of Israel Confront Nazism and the Holocaust, 1933-1948, Yad Ben-Zvi, Jerusalem, 2009 (Hebrew).

Author of over 70 articles on various aspects of the Holocaust and anti-Semitism, editor of a number of publications including “The Jewish Press in Eretz Israel and the Holocaust, 1939-1945” (with Dr. Mordechai Naor, 2002, essays) and “Between the Star of David and the Yellow Star-The Jewish Community in Palestine and the Holocaust 1939-1945” (with Prof. Yehiam Weitz, 2002, documents).

Tutored 15 PhD and post-Doc dissertations and 28 M.A. theses.

Born in Argentina, Prof. Porat made Aliya at a very early age, served in the military in The Nahal, and is married and has three sons.

Languages: Yiddish, Spanish, Hebrew, English, French and German.

Member of the Israeli Foreign Ministry Delegations to four U.N. World Conferences.

Academic advisor of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research, numbering 27 countries, 2005-2010.