Jonathan Webber

Jonathan Webber is a social anthropologist who taught for many years at Oxford University before moving in 2002 to the University of Birmingham, where he holds the UNESCO Chair in Jewish and Interfaith Studies. He has a strong research interest in Polish–Jewish studies: he has been a member of the International Council of the Auschwitz Museum since it was founded in 1990, and is vice-chairman of the Institute for Polish–Jewish Studies (established in Oxford in 1984). Prof. Webber is the co-author of the permanent exhibition ‘Traces of Memory’ at the Galicia Jewish Museum in Kraków (established in 2004) and author of its companion volume, Rediscovering Traces of Memory: The Jewish Heritage of Polish Galicia (2009). In 1999 he was awarded the Gold Cross of the Order of Merit by the President of the Republic of Poland for services to Polish–Jewish dialogue; and in 2009 he was awarded an honour medal of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland for services to Polish culture.

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