Prominent Holocaust historian Prof. Israel Gutman, a survivor of the Warsaw
Ghetto Uprising and Auschwitz, passed away on Monday night.
He died in
his city of residence, Jerusalem, at the age of 90.
Gutman, who was born
in Warsaw in 1923, was one of the founders of the Yad Vashem International
Institute for Holocaust Research.
Yad Vashem chairman Avner Shalev
described Gutman as a personal mentor and friend, who “made a deep impression on
historiography in Israel and around the world, and made a significant and unique
contribution to the propagation of historical awareness regarding the Holocaust
and its meanings among the wider public forum in Israel, especially among the
He added that “Prof. Gutman’s personal resume – as someone who
experienced in the flesh the horrors of the Holocaust, fought in the Warsaw
ghetto, was imprisoned in Auschwitz and was a member of the camp’s Jewish
underground, survived the death marches and was a witness to all that occurred –
added an enormous weight to his rare and exceptional strength as a researcher,
teacher and leader.
We will miss his insight and his
Gutman lost his parents and older sister in the ghetto and
was himself wounded in the uprising. From Warsaw he was moved to Majdanek, then
on to Auschwitz, and in May 1945 he was sent on the death march to
After the war, he was active in aiding the rehabilitation of
survivors. He made aliya in 1946.
He is survived by two daughters
and three grandchildren.
His funeral is set to take place on Wednesday in