Professor David Cesarani

Personal profile

I have written  several books dealing with the Nazi persecution and mass murder of the Jews, and its aftermath, including: Eichmann. His life and crimes (2004), which won the 2006 National Jewish Book Award for History in the USA and Justice Delayed. How Britain became a refuge for Nazi war criminals (1992) and edited seveal more, including  After Eichmann. Collective Memory and the Holocaust since 1961 (2005); with Paul Levine ‘Bystanders’ to the Holocaust. A re-evaluation (2002);  Genocide and Rescue. The Holocaust in Hungary, 1944 (1998); The Final Solution. Origins and Implementation (1994).  I have advised a number of institutions, NGOs and government bodies on Holocaust and post-Holocaust issues. I acted as historical consultant on numerous radio and TV documentaries including, ‘Auschwitz: The Nazis and the Final Solution’, BBC2, January-February 2005; ‘Auschwitz: the hidden evidence’, C4, December 2004; ‘I met Adolf Eichmann’, BBC2, February 2002; ‘Holocaust on Trial’, BBC2, 2001; ‘Into the arms of strangers…’ (2000). My most recent book, Major Farran’s Hat. Murder, scandal and Britain’s war against Jewish terrorism, 1945-1948 (2008) was nominated for a National Jewish Book Award and a ‘Golden Dagger Award’ for non-fiction crime writing.

See my signature essay on 'Who Speaks for British Jews?' in the special issue of New Statesman, 25 May 2012, on the British Jewish experience.

For my latest blog, see:

See David Cesarani speaking at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in April 2009


Hear my contribution, with  others, to a Proms-related programme on Herschel Grynszpan, the man whoose action triggered the anti-Jewish pogrom in German on 9-10 November 1938 and which, in turn, inspired Sir Michael Tippetr's oratorio 'A Child In Our Time':

Hear my participation in a new BBC documentary about the history of terrorism, presented by Fergal Keane,  that explores the story I revealed in Major Farran's Hat:



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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