Menachem Z. Rosensaft

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Menachem Z. Rosensaft is Adjunct Professor of Law at Cornell Law School, Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School, General Counsel Emeritus of the World Jewish Congress, and President of the World Federation of Bergen-Belsen Associations. He has taught about the law of genocide at Cornell Law School since 2008 and at Columbia University since 2011. He holds a J.D. degree from Columbia Law School, M.A. degree from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, and an M.A. in modern European history from Columbia University. He received a PhD (hon.c.) from Tuzla University in July 2023.

He is the founding chairman of the International Network of Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, a past president of Park Avenue Synagogue in New York City, and chair of the Advisory Council of the Foundation for Memorial Sites in Lower Saxony, Germany. He was appointed to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council by Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. In June 2009, he was a member of the U.S. delegation to the International Conference on Holocaust Era Restitution Issues in Prague. He stepped down as General Counsel and Associate Executive Vice President of the World Jewish Congress at the end of August 2023.

Rosensaft is the editor of The World Jewish Congress, 1936-2016 (WJC, 2017); God, Faith & Identity from the Ashes: Reflections of Children and Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2015); and Life Reborn, Jewish Displaced Persons 1945-1951 (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 2001). He is the author of Poems Born in Bergen-Belsen (Kelsay Books, 2021).

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