Professor David Cesarani

Personal profile

The late Professor David Cesarani joined Royal Holloway in 2004. He wrote several books dealing with the Nazi persecution and mass murder of the Jews, and its aftermath, including: Justice Delayed: How Britain Became a Refuge for Nazi War Criminals (1992); Eichmann: His Life and Crimes (2004), which won the 2006 National Jewish Book Award for History in the USA; Major Farran’s Hat: Murder, Scandal and Britain's War Against Jewish Terrorism, 1945-1948 (2008) and Final Solution: The Fate of the Jews 1933-1949 (2016, published posthumously). Professor Cesarani also edited several more books, including: The Final Solution. Origins and Implementation (1994); Genocide and Rescue: The Holocaust in Hungary, 1944 (1998); ‘Bystanders’ to the Holocaust: A Re-evaluation (2002, with Paul Levine); and After Eichmann: Collective Memory and the Holocaust since 1961 (2005). He advised a number of institutions, NGOs and government bodies on Holocaust and post-Holocaust issues and was a key figure in both the establishment of Holocaust Memorial Day and the Holocaust Exhibition at the Imperial War Museum. Professor Cesarani acted as historical consultant on numerous radio and TV documentaries including the Oscar-winning ‘Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport’ (2000); ‘The Holocaust on Trial’, BBC2 (2001); ‘I Met Adolf Eichmann’, BBC2 (February 2002); ‘Auschwitz: The Forgotten Evidence’, Channel 4 (December 2004) and ‘Auschwitz: The Nazis and the Final Solution’, BBC2 (January - February 2005). In 2005, Professor Cesarani was awarded an OBE for services to Holocaust education. He died in October 2015.


The Holocaust Research Centre has created a web page in tribute to Professor David Cesarani, who was the Director of the Centre for many years. The College is also fundraising for the David Cesarani Scholarship, to support postgraduate students undertaking research as part of the Centre.

Professor Cesarani’s last blog for The Guardian can be read here. You can also listen to his hour-long programme, ‘Kindertransport’, on BBC Radio 4, recorded in 1999.


Click to read historian Neil Gregor’s review of Professor Cesarani’s last book, Final Solution (2016).


Research interests

The Nazi persecution and mass murder of the Jews and its legacy; the history of Jews in modern Britain and America; immigration and settlement in London and the East End; Britain, the Jews and Zionism.

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