Bildner Scholar (Rutgers University) Debórah Dwork is the Founding Director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Inaugural Rose Professor of Holocaust History at Clark University. Pathbreaking in her early oral recording of Holocaust survivors, Dwork weaves their narratives into the history she writes. Among her award-winning books, Children With A Star introduced a child-centered approach to historical investigation; Flight from the Reich opened the geographic view of the Holocaust and integrated the refugee experience into its history; and Auschwitz drew the critically important connection between industrial killing and a society that believed it was involved in constructive activity.
Internationally renowned for her scholarship, she is also a leading authority on university education in this field. She envisioned and grew the Strassler Center into an eminent institute for doctoral training in Holocaust History and Genocide Studies. A member of the American delegation to the 33-state International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, she has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and a Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies, and has served as the Shapiro Senior Scholar-in-Residence at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.