Dr. Jonathan Webber

    Dr. Jonathan Webber is a British scholar living in Kraków, Poland. He studied social anthropology for his doctorate at Oxford University, where he went on to teach Jewish studies for twenty years, then spent eight years as a UNESCO Professor in Jewish and Interfaith Studies at the University of Birmingham (UK), and then five years as an Associate Professor at the Jagiellonian University, Kraków. His academic research has focused on modern Jewish society, Holocaust studies, Polish–Jewish studies, and Jewish heritage issues. Dr. Webber’s research on the Jewish heritage of Galicia became the basis of his collaboration with the photographer Chris Schwarz that led to the creation of the Galicia Jewish Museum in Kraków and to their co-curating of its highly innovative Traces of Memory exhibition, for which he wrote the companion volume, published by the Littman Library in 2009. Among several other long-term projects he has undertaken in Poland, he was a founding member of the International Council of the Auschwitz Museum, on which he served for 23 years. Dr. Webber has received awards for his work from the President of the Republic of Poland and the Polish Ministry for Culture and the National Heritage.