Dovid Katz

Specialization: Holocaust Revisionism and Geopolitics; East European Far Right & Human Rights; Yiddish Studies & Litvak Culture
Location: Lithuania
Activity: researcher, lecturer, author, editor

Dovid Katz is a leading specialist on the Yiddish language and Lithuanian Jewish culture. A native of New York City, he founded and led Yiddish studies at Oxford for 18 years (1978-1996), and after a stint at Yale (1998-1999) settled in Lithuania where he was professor of Judaic studies at Vilnius University from 1999 to 2010 and founded a Yiddish institute. In 2008, he began to publicly oppose state policies of trying to prosecute Holocaust survivors who resisted the Nazis, the growing Double Genocide movement (which that year produced the 2008 Prague Declaration), and the new far right that poses as center right. He founded the web journal Defending History, and after publishing articles in the Guardian, the Irish Times, the Jewish Chronicle, was terminated at Vilnius University, Lithuania in 2010. He now pursues both Yiddish and study of (and activism against) East European Holocaust revisionism and antisemitism in the current east-west geopolitical context. He is coauthor of the 2012 Seventy Years Declaration. His most recent book is Yiddish and Power (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), and is now at work on Dovid and Goliath: Standing Up to the New Holocaust Denial which he hopes to complete by 2017.  As a prolific author of many books and articles, he would like to write a book on Lithuanian issues but is yet to find a publisher. His personal website is www.dovidkatz.net.