This lecture is presented by the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Antony Polonsky is the chief historian at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw and the professor emeritus of Holocaust studies at Brandeis University. He was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and studied history and political science at the University of the Witwatersrand. In 1970, he was appointed lecturer in International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and later became professor. In 1992, he was appointed the visiting professor of East European Jewish history at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. In 1999, he was appointed the Albert Abramson Professor of Holocaust Studies, an appointment held jointly at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Brandeis University. He has held visiting professor appointments at the University of Warsaw, the Institute for the Human Sciences, Vienna and the University of Cape Town, among others.