Professor David Bankier dies at 63

Scholar was head of Yad Vashem's International Institute for Holocaust Research.

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 28, 2010 18:41
Professor David Bankier, z''l

Professor David Bankier 311 aj. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

 
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David Bankier, a prominent Holocaust scholar and head of Yad Vashem's International Institute for Holocaust Research, has died after a lengthy illness. He was 63.

Bankier earned his Ph.D. in Jewish History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His doctoral thesis focused on German society and Nazi anti-Semitism. He later taught at universities in Britain, the United States, South Africa and South America.

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Bankier published numerous scholarly studies, including a book titled: "The Germans and the Final Solution: Public Opinion Under Nazism."

Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev called Bankier "a gifted lecturer, and a human being of outstanding integrity, brilliance and humility."

Bankier, who was divorced, is survived by three children.

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