Richard Breitman

Richard Breitman teaches courses in modern European history and German history at American University. He is the author or co-author of nine books and many articles in German history, US history, and the Holocaust. His most recent books are editions of the diaries of James G. McDonald (League of Nations high commissioner for refugees, 1933–35, and chairman of President Roosevelt’s Advisory Committee on Political Refugees, 1938–1945) in a series published by Indiana University Press. The first volume, Advocate for the Doomed, appeared in 2007, and the second volume, Refugees and Rescue, appeared in 2009. Breitman is editor of the journal Holocaust and Genocide Studies, which is owned by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He served as director of historical research for the Nazi War Criminal Records and Imperial Japanese Records Interagency Working Group, which helped to bring about declassification of more than eight million pages of US government records under a 1998 law.