Speakers and Moderators

In order of apperance


A German journalist and politician. She was born in Berlin and has held multiple public offices, among them Federal Commissioner for Foreigners’ Issues, General Secretary
of the Liberal Party (FDP), Member of the German Bundestag, Senator for Youth and Family in Berlin. Currently she works as an author in Berlin and holds honorary positions in several organisations: Among other the honorary Chair of the Board of Humanity in Action Deutschland HERBERT PUNDIK Danish-Jewish journalist and author. She was born in 1927 in Denmark but immigrated to Israel in the beginning of the 1950’s. In the 1960s, she was the editor of the weekend magazine of Davar. She has worked for the newspaper Information and as a correspondent for Denmark’s Radio. Since 1965 she has worked for the newspaper Politiken. From 1970 to 1993 he was Editor in Cheif and under his leadership, Politiken went from sloping sales figures to becoming the largest daily newspaper in Denmark. Author of several books.


Editor-in-Chief at the newspaper Politiken and hence is often found in current political debates. He is a former Advisor on Foreign Policy to the Danish Prime Minister. Bo Lidegaard has served in Danish Foreign Ministry and the Danish Embassy in Paris. He is also an esteemed historian, holding a master’s degree and a doctorate in History from the University of Copenhagen. Mr. Lidegaard has written several books on Danish his- tory and international relations in the 20th century, for which he has been awarded The Rescue Award, the Søren Gyldendal Prize, the Amalien Borg Medal and more. In his latest book, “Countrymen” (2013), Mr. Lidegaard examines how it was possible at the time to save most of the Danish Jews to Sweden.


Ph.D and MA, is Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies where she works with Danish and European foreign policy, specializing in how societies come to terms with their atrocity past. From 2009-2013 she was in charge of Holocaust and genocide studies at the DIIS, and has been a member of the Danish Delegation to International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance since 2005. She has published on the Danish refugee policy during Nazism, Holocaust memory in postwar Europe, and the politics of memory in Europe since 1989.


Historian, author and culture reporter, Berlingske Tidende. Served at the National Archives 1988-92. Editor at Weekendavisen 1994-98 and since ’98 at Berlingske. Frm. chairman of the Danish Society for Jewish History and editor of its annual review, Rambam. He has written and published several books, among them “Immigranter. Østeuropæiske jøder i København” (”Immigrants. Jews from Eastern Europe in Copenhagen”) 1986, “Oktober 43. Vidnesbyrd om flugten” (”October 1943. Witness Accounts on the Flight”), 1993, “Bombeterror i København. Trusler og terror 1968-1990” (”Bomb Terror in Copenhagen. Threats and Terror 1968-1990”) 2009 - and lastly ”My Fathers Flight. Jewish Destinies in October 1943”.


Senior Correspondent and columnist, Politiken, Copenhagen. Chairman of Humanity in Action (Denmark) and Danish PEN. Authored a number of books on human rights and international development, Middle Eastern affairs, questions of freedom of speech. Published a major collection of sources on October ’43 on the fate of Danish Jews during the Nazi occupation (2013).


A Professor of Twentieth Century European History at the University of Sheffield. He has published extensively on the history of Western Europe in the mid twentieth century, including Victims and Survivors: the Nazi Persecution of the Jews in the Netherlands, 1940-1945 (1997); Refugees from Nazi Germany and the Liberal European States (with Frank Caestecker, 2009) and his latest monograph, Survivors: Jewish Self-Help and Rescue in Nazi-Occupied Western Europe was published by Oxford in 2010.


Ph.D, Associate Professor in History at the Saxo Institute, Copenhagen University and author of a series of books and articles on the Holocaust in Denmark and on Anti- Semitism before and during the Second World War, including “Dansk Antisemitisme 1930-45” [Danish Anti-Semitism 1930-1945] (2004), “Nothing to speak of: Wartime Experiences of Danish Jews, 1943–1945” (2011) and “Da krigen var forbi. De danske jøders hjemkomst efter besættelsen” [When the war was over. The return of the Danish Jews after the German Occupation] (2012).


International reporter and columnist at Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland’s largest daily newspaper, and associate fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. He was an underground journalist in the 1980s under martial law, and later founded the Polish Jewish intellectual monthly Midrasz. He has written ten books on a variety of topics including the Polish democratic transformation, the European 20th century, the Yugo- slav wars, the wars of Israel, Torah commentary and post-WWII Polish Jewry. His articles have appeared in newspapers in Poland and around the world.


A writer and publisher who has worked for the BBC/World Service in London; Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Munich and in Prague; and for a variety of Danish and Bulgarian media. His books include a novel, Vienna (2001), as well as non-fiction works Hidden Treasures of Bulgaria (2005), East of Constantinople/Travels in Unknown Turkey (2008), Jewish Bulgaria (2011), A Guide to Ottoman Bulgaria (2011), and The Turks of Bulgaria (2012).


Historian and Senior Fellow at the French National Center for Scientific Research,
Paris. Annette Wieviorka has worked on the history of the Jews in the 20th Century, the memory of the Holocaust and the history of Communism. She is notably the author of Déportation et génocide: Entre la mémoire et l’oubli (1992); L’ère du témoin (1998); Maurice et Jeannette: Biographie du couple Thorez (2010); A l’intérieur du camp de Drancy (with Michel Laffitte). Her intellectual work has been the object of a book of interviews with Séverine Nikel, L’heure d’exactitude. Histoire, mémoire, témoignage (2011).


Danish Historian, teaching at the Gymnasium in Elsinore and a consultant for education at the Danish Institute for International Studies; a member of the Education Working Group in the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA – former ”Holocaust Taskforce”). Since 1996 coordinator of the Danish teacher-seminars at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. Published 2003 with two other historians an educational book about the action against the Danish Jews in October 1943


Holds a master’s degree in History and Minority Studies. He has in-depth knowledge of the history of Jews in Denmark and served for six years as curator at the Danish Jewish Museum, taking part in research and documentation projects dealing with the wartime history of the Danish Jews 1943-1945. He currently works as a consultant at Als Research.


Head of section at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS). Her main focus is the Holocaust and genocide in a Danish context. She develops educational programmes including thematic seminars for high school students, teacher-training seminars, and internet-based education (articles, computer games, documentary films etc.). Ms. Berlau was a fellow on the Danish HIA Program in 2004. She holds a Master’s degree in social sciences.


Chairwoman of The Theresienstadt Association in Denmark, which works to council and assist its members of survivors, spouses of people who were deported, and people born in the concentration camp. The Theresienstadt Association also works to educate the the broader public on Theresienstadt. Birgit Krasnik Fischermann is herself a survivor of Theresienstadt. She was only five when she and her family were deported.


Born in Germany, however his Danish family moved back to Denmark in 1933 and escaped from the Gestapo during the German occupation of Denmark and lived as ref- ugee in Sweden 1943–45. Mr. Melchior was 14 when he fled to Sweden. He later became Chief Rabbi of Denmark 1970-96. Mr. Melchior, became a member of The Internation-
al Raoul Wallenberg Committee 2003 and first and only honorary member of Danish Refugee Council 2008. Mr. Melchior has written numerous articles and books on issues relating to religion, Judaism and refugees.


Germanany’s Ambassador to Denmark since July 2011. Mr. Zenner has had a long career within the Federal German Foreign Ministry. Prior coming to Denmark Mr. Zenner has been working in Mexico City, Brussels, Berlin and Paris primarily with
economic and European affairs. Mr. Zenner was born in Bad Kreuznach in Rhein- land-Pfalz, western Germany.


Prof. Dr., holds the Chair for Modern History at the Freiburg University. From 2007 until 2013, he was Director of the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, School of History. His books include: Best. Biographische Studien über Radikalismus, Weltanschauung und Vernunft, 1903-1989, Bonn 1996, 52008; National-Socialist Extermination Policy. Contemporary German Perspectives and Controversies, New York und Oxford 1999 (ed.); Hitler’s Foreign Workers. Enforced Foreign Labor in Germany under the Third Reich, Cambridge 1997; Die nationalsozialistischen Konzentrationslager 1933 bis 1945. Entwicklung und Struktur, 2 Bände, Göttingen 1998 (ed.) Editor of „Europäische Geschichte im 20. Jahrhundert“, 10 vol.; Co-editor of the source book Die Verfolgung und Ermordung der europäischen Juden durch das nationalsozialistische Deutschland, 1933-1945, 16 vol., München 2007 ff.


Ph.D, is a teacher and researcher in the Department of History and the Hugo Valentin Centre at Uppsala University, Sweden. Her dissertation, Ett främmande element i nationen. Svensk flyktingpolitik och de judiska flyktingarna 1938-1944 (A Foreign Element Within the Nation. Swedish Refugee Policy and the Jewish Refugees, 1938- 1944; 2008) dealt with Sweden and the Holocaust, more specifically with the attitudes and actions of the Swedish Immigration Authorities towards Jewish refugees during the Second World War. She has written articles on antisemitism as well as the bystander issue, and she is the co-editor of a forthcoming anthology on antisemitism in Sweden, Tankar i “judefrågan. Nedslag i den svenska antisemitismen.”


Dr. polit., Professsor of Social Work at the Graduate School for Social Work and Social Research at Oslo University College. Her research fields are in social sciences and on the history of the Holocaust. Professor Levin has been attached to the Norwegian Center for the Study of the Holocaust and Religious Minorities (HL-sentret) both as a board member and as a researcher. She has published on the Norwegian Jewish refugees.


Ph.D, is a Finnish historian working in Helsinki. He earned his doctorate in 2008 with
a work dealing with Finnish-German security police co-operation between 1933-1944 (translated into German as Geheime Waffenbrüderschaft: Die sicherheitspolizeiliche Zusammenarbeit zwischen Finnland und Deutschland 1933-1944, Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2010). His current research interests include the history of the Holocaust and its legacy both in Finland and abroad, the history of European Fascist and radical nationalist movements, as well as the history of policing and police institutions. His most recent international publications appear in Kinnunen, T. and Kivimäki, V. (eds.): Finland in World War II, Leiden: Brill 2012 and in Muir, S. and Worthen, H. (eds.): Finland’s Holocaust, Basigstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2013.


Sweden’s Ambassador to Denmark since 2010. Mrs. Fogh has previously been Sweden’s Ambassador to the permanent mission to the United Nations; ambassador to India, Thailand, Cambodia, and Nepal and before coming to Denmark Mrs. Fogh was Director-General for Administration in the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.


Distinguished Professor, American University, is the author or co-author of ten books and many articles in German history, the history of the Holocaust, and American history. His most recent book, co-authored with Allan J. Lichtman, FDR and the Jews, was published by Harvard University Press in 2013. He is editor of the scholarly journal Holocaust and Genocide Studies. He took part in a U.S. government effort to declassify documents related to the Holocaust and war crimes and war criminals, which resulted in the opening of more than 8 million pages of documents in the U.S. National Archives.


Mr. Pind is a politician and Member of the Board of Humanity in Action Denmark. He is currently Member of Parliament for the Liberal Party, and he is the party’s spokes- person on foreign policy and foreign affairs. He is former Minister for Refugees, Immigrants and Integration and Minister for Development Cooperation. Søren Pind holds a master’s degree in Law and is a former Associate Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Copenhagen. Søren Pind has published several books, including “Friheden duer til alt godt (Freedom is Good for Everything Good)” from 2002, and “Kære Søren – en brevveksling om det nye Danmarks kurs (Dear Søren, an Exchange of Letters on the Course of the New Denmark)” from 2003 with Søren Krarup.


One of the world’s leading researchers in the field of human rights. He is professor of International Law and Human Rights, University of Vienna, and Director at The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights in Vienna. He has held numerous national and international positions, for instance that of UN’s Special Rapporteur on Torture. He is the author of numerous books and articles, and has received The UNESCO Prize for the Teaching of Human Rights for his innovative ways of teaching on the subject human rights.


Judith Goldstein founded Humanity in Action in 1997 and has served as its Executive Director ever since. Under Judith’s leadership, Humanity in Action has organized educational programs on international affairs, diversity and human rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, the Netherlands and the United States. She received her Ph.D in history from Columbia University and was a Woodrow Wilson Scholar for her MA studies. Judith has written several books and articles about European and American history, art and landscape architecture.


Israeli ambassador to Denmark. Holds degrees in history, Middle Eastern Studies, Political Science and Strategic Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Haifa University and Israel’s National Defence College. Joined Israel’s foreign Service in 1979 with positions of diplomacy, research, policy planning, and media relations. From 2008 to 2012 he served as the Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem. Ambassador to Copenhagen since September this year.



journalist and author, talkshow host on Radio Litterary Magazine, Danish Broadcasting Company; literary critic and commentator at ‘Weekendavisen’. Published several political books and collections of essays on literature and culture.


Economist, philosopher, author and publisher, has received the Ebbe Kløvedal-Reich Democracy Award (2007) and Døssingprisen (2012) for her books about democracy and history of ideas.


Former editor-in-chief of the Danish newspapers Information, Weekendavisen and Berlingske Tidende. Since 2004 he has been the Berlin Correspondent of Politiken, Copenhagen. He has written several books including “Rousseau – The Imagination to Power” (1998) and “The Murder of Petra Kelly – A Story on The Fall of The Berlin Wall” (2009).


Editorial writer and literary critique at the Danish daily Politiken. His books include a ‘Michel de Montaigne’, a ‘Marcel Proust’, ‘the History of Politiken 1884-2009’ and several works on contemporary France. He has studied music and literature at the University
of Copenhagen, political science at Science-Po, Paris, and he has been a fellow of the Reuters Institute at Oxford.


Foreign editor at Jyllands-Posten since 2010. Culture editor 2004-2010. Foreign correspondent in Russia and The US 1990-2004. Author of “Amerikanske stemmer” and “Tavshedens tyranny”.


Journalist and editor, former news host at the Danish national TV station, DR, and diplomatic correspondent for the Danish daily, Berlingske. Today editor and founder of the independent online media “Dit Perspektiv” www.ditperspektiv.dk, which specializ- es in foreign policy, security matters, energy and other global issues. Born in Chile, she later came to Denmark as a refugee and has thus grown up with international matters first at hand.


Journalist and writer, Samuel Rachlin was born into a Jewish family that was deported from Lithuania to Siberia in 1941, Rachlin came to Denmark, his mother’s home country, from the Soviet Union when he was ten years old. He earned a Master’s degree from the University of Copenhagen and later, an MS from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Mr. Rachlin has been a Danish news anchor, a correspondent both in Moscow and Washington DC (where he currently resides). He works as a writer, commentator and communication consultant and divides his time between Washington and Copenhagen.