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.Bankier published numerous scholarly studies, including a book titled:"The Germans and the Final Solution: Public Opinion Under Nazism."YadVashem Chairman Avner Shalev called Bankier "a gifted lecturer, and ahuman being of outstanding integrity, brilliance and humility."Bankier, who was divorced, is survived by three children.