Prof. Dan Diner (Ph.D., 1973, University of Frankfurt am Main) is Professor of Modern History at the Hebrew University Jerusalem, and Director of the Simon-Dubnow-Institute for Jewish History and Culture at the University of Leipzig.
He is the author of numerous publications an twentieth-century history, Jewish history, Middle Eastern history and German history, particularly in the period of National Socialism and the Holocaust. His most recent publications include:
Zeitenschwelle. Gegenwartsfragen an die Geschichte, München 2010.
Lost in the Sacred. Why the Muslim World Stood Still, Princeton, N. J., 2009. English translation of: Versiegelte Zeit. Über den Stillstand in der islamischen Welt, Berlin 2005.
Disseminating German Tradition. The Thyssen Lectures, Leipzig 2009 (ed. with Moshe Zimmermann).
Aufklärungen. Über Varianten von Moderne, Zürich 2008.
Cataclysms. A History of the Twentieth Century from Europe’s Edge, Madison, Wis., 2008. English translation of: Das Jahrhundert verstehen. Eine universalhistorische Deutung, Munich 1999.
Gegenläufige Gedächtnisse. Über Geltung und Wirkung des Holocaust, Göttingen 2007.
Restitution and Memory. Material Restoration in Europe, New York/Oxford 2007 (ed. with Gotthard Wunberg).
Dark Times, Dire Decisions. Jews and Communism, Oxford 2005 (ed. with Jonathan Frankel).
His most important books have been translated into Czech, English, Hebrew, Italian, Polish and Turkish. In 2006 he was awarded the Ernst Bloch Prize, and in 2007 the Italian Premio Capalbio.