Dr. Jean-Marc Dreyfus is a Reader in Holocaust Studies at the University of Manchester (United Kingdom). He holds a PhD from the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne (France). Dr. Dreyfus was previously a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for European Studies at Harvard University, as well as at the Centre Marc-Bloch in Berlin (Germany). His research interests include History of the Jews in Europe (19th-20th Century), History of Jews in France (19th-20th Century), as well as Holocaust memory and the politics of memory.
Dr. Dreyfus is the author of numerous publications including "«10 890 tableaux, 583 sculptures, 583 tapisseries, 2 477 pièces de mobiliers anciens, 5 825 pièces de porcelain» Le procès de l’ERR et du pillage des œuvres d’art, Paris, 1950” in Histoire Politique: Politique, Culture, Societe (2018) and “The Transfer of Ashes after the Holocaust in Europe, 1945-1960” in Human Remains and Violence (2015). He was also the co-organizer of the European Research Council research program “Corpses of Mass Violence and Genocide”, which had the goal of “questioning the social legacy of mass violence by studying how different societies have coped with the first consequence of mass destruction: the mass production of cadavers.”
Dr. Dreyfus was awarded a 2019-2020 J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Senior Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship at the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies for his research project, “Post-Holocaust Exhumations.” Drawing upon Museum resources, his research will develop his previous work and compares the treatment of human remains after the Holocaust through a global perspective.