Dr. Michael Berenbaum is a writer, lecturer, and teacher consulting in the conceptual development of museums and the development of historical films. He is director of the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust at the American Jewish University where he is also a Professor of Jewish Studies.
He was the Executive Editor of the Second Edition of the Encyclopaedia Judaica
For the three years, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation. From 1988–93 he served as Project Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, overseeing its creation. He was Deputy Director of the President’s Commission on the Holocaust where he authored its Report to the President.
Berenbaum was the conceptual developer on the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Educational Center that opened in Skokie, and played a similar function as conceptual developer and chief curator of the Belzec Memorial at the site of the Death Camp. He was the conceptual developer on the Memoria y Tolerancia in Mexico City and a historian to the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. He recently developed three museum’s in Skopje, North Macedonia, the Memorial Museum to Macedonia Jewry in Skopje, in Dallas, the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum and in Cincinnati, the Nancy and David Wolfe Holocaust and Humanity Museum.
Berenbaum is the author and editor of twenty two books, scores of scholarly articles, and hundreds of journalistic pieces
His work in film has earned Emmy Awards and films he was worked on have earned Academy Awards.