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Prof. Madeea AXINCIUC, PhD is a Professor at the Faculty of Foreign Languages, the ​ Jewish Studies Program and the Religious Studies Program – Texts and Traditions, the University of Bucharest. She obtained her Ph.D. (summa cum laude) with the thesis: “Imagination and prophecy in the Guide for the Perplexed by Moses Maimonides”. She conducted research internships at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, New Europe College – Institute for Advanced Studies, the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University of Hamburg, University of Leiden. She held a series of lectures and conferences and published several articles and studies in the fields of Jewish Studies and the Philosophy of Religion. She is Founding Director of the Jewish Studies Program and of the Religious Studies - Texts and Traditions Program, as well as founding member of the Centre for Medieval Studies and founding director of the Centre for Trans-disciplinary Research in Religion and Science from the University of Bucharest. Published books: Despre ierarhiile divine. Fascinaţia Unului şi lumile din noi. Temeiuri pentru pacea religiilor [About Divine Hierarchies. The fascination of the One and the Worlds within. Grounds for the Peace of Religions] (Humanitas, 2014); Profetul şi oglinda fermecată. Despre imaginaţie şi profeţie în „Călăuza rătăciţilor” de Moise Maimonide [The Prophet and the Enchanted Mirror. On Imagination and Prophecy in "The Guide for the Perplexed" by Moses Maimonides] (Humanitas, 2008).

Lya BENJAMIN, PhD has been a researcher at the Centre for the Study of the History of Romanian Jewry since 1985. She graduated from the University of Ekaterinburg, Faculty of History and she holds a PhD from the University of Bucharest (2001), with a thesis about the daily life of Jews during the Holocaust. She is the author of numerous studies, collections of documents and anthologies regarding the history of Romanian Jews in general and during the Holocaust. She was a member of the International Committee for the Study of the Holocaust and has edited the collection of documents that was published with the Committee’s report. She participated to conferences and symposiums in Romania and other countries, such as: the United States, Israel, Germany. Publications: Strategii comunitare de supraviețuire în contextul statului național legionar. Documente 1940-1941, [Communitarian Surviving Strategies in the Context of a National Legionary State. Documents 1940-1941], volume compiled by Lya Benjamin (Hasefer, 2013); Idealul sionist în presa evreiască din România (1881 - 1920) [The Zionist Ideal in Romanian Jewish Press (1881-1920)], selected and commented texts by Lya Benjamin (coordinator) and Gabriela Vasiliu (Hasefer, 2010); Iacob Iţhac Niemirower, Iudaismul. Studii, eseuri, omiletică şi retorică; studiu introductiv de Lucian-Zeev Herşcovici [Judaism. Studies, Essays, Homiletics and Rhetoric: Introductory Study by Lucian-Zeev Herșcovici], selection of texts, notes, glossary and index by Lya Benjamin and Mihaela Rotaru (Hasefer, 2005); Prigoană şi rezistenţă în istoria evreilor din România. Studii [Persecution and Resistance in the History of Romanian Jews. Studies] (Hasefer, 2001); Harry Kuller, Lya Benjamin Album. Muzeul de istorie a evreilor din România Şef-rabin Moses Rosen [Album. History Museum of the Jews in Romania Chief Rabbi Moses Rosen] (Hasefer, 2002); Memorialul martirilor din România.[The Memorial of the Martyrs of Romania] text and selection of images by Lya Benjamin (Hasefer, 2003); Evreii din România în texte istoriografice [The Jews of Romania in Historical Texts], anthology, introduction, text selection, notes and commentaries, transaltions from Hungarian, German and French, bibliography and index by Lya Benjamin (Hasefer, 2004).

Adrian CIOFLÂNCĂ is a member of the Collegium of the National Council for the Study of the Securitate Archives and researcher with the „A. D. Xenopol” Institute of History (belonging to the Romanian Academy). He was a member of the International Commission on the Holocaust in Romania (2003-2004) and expert in The Presidential Commission for the Analysis of the Communist Dictatorship in Romania (2006), co-author of the Final Reports of the two commissions. Since 2005, he is a member of the Romanian Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (former Holocaust Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research). Tziporah Wiesel Fellow of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington (2009). Between 2010 and 2012, he was director of department in The Institute for the Investigation of the Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile. In 2010, he coordinated a project of the „Elie Wiesel” National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania which concluded with the discovery of a mass grave in Popricani (the Iași county), with 36 Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Adrian Cioflâncă edited, in collaboration, seven volumes; the last one: Istoria recentă altfel. Perspective culturale (Recent History Otherwise. Cultural Perspectives), Andi Mihalache, Adrian Cioflâncă (eds.), Iaşi, Editura Universităţii „Al. I Cuza”, 2013. He also authored studies in fields like the history of the Holocaust, history of communism, political violence, cultural history, the theory of history.

Camelia CRĂCIUN, PhD is a lecturer in Eastern European Jewish culture and history at the Department of Jewish Studies, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Bucharest, and a researcher at the Center for the Study of Romanian Jewish History, Federation of the Jewish Communities of Romania. She holds an MA (2003) and a PhD (2009) in Jewish studies from Central European University, Budapest. She published articles on intellectual history and Jewish Romanian history in Turda, M. and Pyrah, R. (eds.), Re-Contextualising East Central European History: Nation, Culture and Minority Groups (Oxford, 2010), Cronologia minorităţilor naţionale din România (1989-2009), (editor Institutul pentru Studierea Problemelor Minorităţilor Naţionale, Cluj, 2012) and Diana Mishkova, Balasz Trencsenyi, Marja Jalava (eds), ”Regimes of Historicity” in Southeastern and Northern Europe, 1890-1945, London, Palgrave, 2014. She also contributed to Jews in Eastern Europe: The YIVO Encyclopedia (2008). Coeditor of volumes Noi Perspective în Istoria Evreilor din România, Hasefer, Bucureşti, 2010 and Istorie şi memorie evreiască, Hasefer, Bucureşti, 2011 and editor of volume Lumea evreiască în literatura română. Representations of the Jewish World in Romanian Literature (Iași, 2014). She has also published articles on Jewish Romanian intellectual history in Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Religions- und Kulturgeschichte, Etudes Balkaniques, New Europe College Yearbook, Studia Judaica, Bruckenthaliana and the CEU Jewish Studies Yearbook.

Prof. Ladislau GYÉMÁNT, PhD is a leading researcher in the field of Jewish Studies in Romania. During his activity, he has been main researcher (III, II, I degree) at the "George Bariţiu" Institute of History of the Romanian Academy, the Branch of Cluj-Napoca (1970-2014), head of the "Dr. Moshe Carmilly" Institute of Jewish History and Judaism at the "Babes-Bolyai" University of Cluj-Napoca (1990-2012), deputy dean and dean of the Faculty of European Studies at the "Babes-Bolyai" University in Cluj-Napoca (1997-2012). He also developed courses of general history of the Jews and of Jewish history in Romania as part of the program organized by the "Moshe Carmilly" Institute of Jewish Studies. He held courses of European history at the Faculty of European Studies. He is a doctoral thesis advisor in history and a specialist in the modern and contemporary history of Europe, of the European construction prehistory, of the history of Central Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries; the history of Transylvania; the history of the Jews in Romania; Jewish genealogy. He is the author of 31 books and 124 studies, having issued numerous publications (Studia Judaica, I-XX, Cluj-Napoca, 1991-2014; Bibliotheca Judaica, I-VI, 1994-2000) and he won numerous awards and prizes (the Nicolae Balcescu Award of the Romanian Academy, 1981; the I.C. Filitti Award, Bucharest, 1992; the Alexandru Safran Medal, Bucharest, 2009; the Sarah and Haim Jankulovics Award, Haifa, 2010; the Medal of the Babeş-Bolyai University, 2011).

Prof. Alexandru FLORIAN, PhD holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and political science. He is a Professor at the Faculty of Political Science, the "Dimitrie Cantemir" University - Bucharest and General Manager of the "Elie Wiesel" National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania. He authored five books and edited two other volumes, as well as more than 50 studies on current issues, such as the reception of the Holocaust in Romania, political modernization and transition in Central and Eastern Europe, etc.

Prof. Lucian NASTASĂ KOVÁCS, PhD (born in 1957) is professor and scientific research at Romanian Academy, „George Bariţiu” Institute of History, and „Babes-Bolyai” University from Cluj-Napoca. He is expert in the history and sociology of culture and education, with many research internships at Budapest, Geneve, Graz, Zurich, Beijing, Tel Aviv, Moskow, Paris and Heidelberg. Professor Nastasă received, in 2004, the Romanian Academy Prize and in the same year he became member of the Doctors Corporation of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences; in 2012 he received „Meir Rudich” Prize of Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is also the author of some valuable works such as: Generation and change in Romanian historiography (1999); Interethnic Relations in Post-Communist Romania (2000, with Levente Salat); The Hungarians from Romania and the minority ethics (2003, with Levente Salat); The intellectuals and the social promotion (2004); The University of Kolozsvár/Cluj and the students of the Medical Faculty (2004, with Victor Karady); Routes to the world scientist (2006); The „sovereigns” of the Romanians universities. Mechanisms of selection and promotion of the intellectual elite (2007); Armenians from North-West Transylvania in the years of communism (2008); The intimacy of amphitheatres. Snop-Shots from the private life of the „literary” universitaires (2010); Universitarian Anti-Semitism in Romania (2011); Rom or Gypsy. Dilemmas of an ethnonym in the Romanian space (2012, with István Horváth); Cultural policies and intellectual models in Romania (2013, with Dragoș Sdrobiș), Pogromul itinerant sau Decembrie antisemit, Oradea 1927 (2014), and the coordinator of the series Ethnocultural Minorities. Documentary Testimonies (4 vol. between 2001 and 2003).

Prof. Liviu ROTMAN, PhD has been a Professor at the Faculty of Political Sciences since 2005. There, he teaches courses within the National School of Political Science and Public Administration (SNSPA in Romanian), such as: the modernization of Romania, ethnic minorities, an analysis of the communist system, the Holocaust, Zionism, etc. He is also the Head of the Center for Israeli Studies (within SNSPA) and a professor in the Master of Jewish Culture and Civilization (the Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest). He heads the Center for the Study of Jewish History in Romania and coordinates the "Jews in Romania" project developed by the Diaspora Studies Center of the University of Tel-Aviv. He was a member of the International Committee for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania. As a specialist in the social and cultural history of Jews and in the history of the Jews under communism, he published, among others: The Israelite-Romanian School, Hasefer, 1999 (plus an edition in Hebrew); Communism and the Jews of Romania, Polirom, 2005 (with editions in Hebrew and English); Jewish Patrimony in Romania, the Mercur Initiative, Spain, 2011 (in English and Hebrew); The Kehilah in Romania. The Pulse, Character and History of the Romanian Jewish Community, Tel-Aviv University, 2015.

Anca TUDORANCEA (Ciuciu), PhD holds a Ph.D. in the Philosophy of Culture at the University of Bucharest (2011). She is a researcher at the Center for the Study of the History of the Jews in Romania and associate lecturer at the Goldstein Goren Center – the University of Bucharest. Her books and studies analyse the history of Jewish neighbourhoods in Bucharest, the image and imaginary realm of Jewish Bucharest, photos in general and family photos, the Jewish community of Romania in the 19th and 20th centuries. Recent publications: Visual Codes. The Jews of Bucharest (1881 - 1941), (Ph.D. thesis), Bucharest, Hasefer Publishing House, 2013; Stories and Images of the Jewish Bucharest, Felicia Waldman, Anca Ciuciu, Bucharest, Noi Media Print, 2011; The “Believer” Connection. Chief Rabbi Dr. Moses Rosen and the Jewish Community in the CNSAS Archives, Bucharest, the Hasefer Publishing House, 2008.

Prof. Mihai Răzvan UNGUREANU, PhD is a professor at the History Department, University of Bucharest. After earning a degree in history from Al. I. Cuza University in Iași, he went on to study for an MA in Jewish Studies at St. Cross College, University of Oxford in 1993 and then, in 2004, he obtained his PhD in history from Al. I. Cuza University. He is also a prolific researcher, as he is a member of the Romanian Society of Heraldry, Sigiliography and Genealogy of the Romanian Academy, Iași branch (since 1993), member of the scientific board of the Soroș Romanian Fundation for an Open Society Iași-București (1996-1998), director of the Center for Romanian Studies in Iași - Romanian Cultural Federation (1996-1999), member of the European Association for Jewish Studies in Oxford, United Kingdom (since 1997), Senior Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Jewish and Hebrew Studies, St. Cross College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom (since 1998), member of the Council of the Sever Zotta Institute for Heraldry and Genealogy Studies in Iași (since 1998), etc. He is also coordinator for the history collection at the Polirom publishing house. His publications include: Convertire si integrare religioasa in Moldova la inceputurile Epocii Moderne [Conversion and Religious Integration in Moldova at the Beginning of the Modern Era](Iași, 2004); Rumänien (România) in collaboration with Thede Kahl and Michael Metzeltin (Viena, Münster, 2006); Întotdeauna loial. Note diplomatice pentru o Românie modernă [Always Loyal. Diplomatic Notes for a Modern Romania] (Bucureşti, 2008).

Prof. Raphael VAGO, PhD was born in Cluj in 1946 and has lived in Israel since 1958. He is a Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow, Department of History, Tel-Aviv University, The Cantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry and the Cummings Center for Russian and East European Studies. He has served as member of the International Commission of Historians on the Holocaust in Romania. His main areas of teaching and research: Modern History of Central and Eastern Europe, Modern Anti-Semitism, Holocaust and Holocaust Denial, Nationalism, minorities, ethnicity – present and historical perspective. Furthermore, he has participated in numerous conferences, taught courses at SNSPA, Bucharest, and he is a frequent lecturer at the International School for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem.

Cristian VASILE, PhD (born in 1976, in Bucharest) is a researcher at the "Nicolae Iorga" Institute of History (the Program Romania and Europe in the Twentieth Century). He is noted both in the field of post-war ecclesiastical history and in studies on culture, education system, ideology and propaganda during the communist period. He published monographies on the Romanian Orthodox Church and the Greek Catholic Church. He graduated from the Faculty of History (1998) at the University of Bucharest, with a major in contemporary Romanian history. He also graduated the Faculty of Political Science in Bucharest (2002). Since 2000, he has been a researcher at the “Nicolae Iorga” Institute of History of the Romanian Academy. In 2006, he was a member and scientific secretary of the Presidential Commission for the Analysis of the Communist Dictatorship, having contributed to the Final Report under which the communist regime in Romania was officially condemned. Latest published book: Intellectual and Artistic Life in the First Decade of the Ceausescu Regime, 1965-1974 (Humanitas Publishing House, 2014).

Prof. Mordechai (Motti) ZALKIN, PhD is an associate professor of modern Jewish history in the Jewish History department at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. His special fields of interest are the cultural, social and economic history of the Jews in Lithuania and the history of Jewish education in Eastern Europe. He is currently researching the relationships between Jews and Lithuanians in the countryside. Among his publications are: A New Dawn: The Jewish Enlightenment in the Russian Empire – Social Aspects (2000); From Heder to School: Modernization Processes in Nineteenth Century East European Jewish Education (2008); Naujos Lietuvos žydų istorijos perspektyvos (2009).