Professor Monty Penkower

Professor Monty Noam Penkower is Professor Emeritus of Jewish History at the Machon Lander Graduate Center of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem. He was Victor J. Selmanowitz Professor of Modern Jewish History at Touro College in New York City, and also taught at Bard College, Rutgers University, and Stern College, and in the graduate History Departments of New York University and Yeshiva University.

Professor Penkower has lectured widely on American history and on modern Jewish history, and his numerous publications include The Federal Writers’ Project (1977); The Jews Were Expendable: Free World Diplomacy and the Holocaust (1983); The Emergence of Zionist Thought (1986); The Holocaust and Israel Reborn: From Catastrophe to Sovereignty (1994); and Decision on Palestine Deferred: America, Britain and Wartime Diplomacy, 1939-1945 (2002). The Jews Were Expendable received the B’nai B’rith A.D.L. Merit for Educational Distinction and, together with The Emergence of Zionist Thought, garnered the second Samuel Belkin Memorial Literary Award from Yeshiva University.

Professor Penkower has been a consultant to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the A & E History Channel, the Destiny Foundation, and the National Jewish Book Council. He has received grants from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, the Littauer Foundation, the Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, the Hoover and Truman presidential libraries, the American Philosophical Society, the NEH, and the American Council of Learned Societies. He also participated as the historian designate in the creation of the first Holocaust memorial sponsored by New York City, located in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. Professor Penkower is currently completing research for a book on the Palestine question and world affairs between 1933-1939, and also preparing a volume of his essays on the crisis of Jewish identity in the 20th century.


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