Dennis B. Klein

Dennis B. Klein, PhD.

Professor of History

Director, Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Director of Jewish Studies Program

Modern European and Modern Jewish History

University of Rochester (Ph.D., 1978)

Liberty Hall Academic Center, Ste. 212

Phone: 908-737-5318 or (cell) 201-783-5393

Office Hours: See KeanWISE


Dr. Dennis B. Klein is Kean University Professor of History and director of the Jewish Studies program and the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies program. He is the author or editor of five books, including Jewish Origins of the Psychoanalytic Movement (University of Chicago Press, 1985), Hidden History of the Kovno Ghetto (Little, Brown in cooperation with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 1997), The Genocidal Mind (Paragon, 2005), Survivor Transitional Narratives of Nazi-Era Destruction: The Second Liberation (Bloomsbury, 2017) and Societies Emerging from Conflict: The Aftermath of Atrocity (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017). He is founding editor in chief of Dimensions: A Journal of Holocaust Studies and founding director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Braun Center for Holocaust Studies. He is a Fulbright-Hays Fellow, Phi Beta Kappa, and recipient of numerous research awards. Dr. Klein is listed in Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, Dictionary of International Biography, and Directory of American Scholars. In 2006 he was a Research Fellow at the University College London and Resident Fellow at Oxford University. He was appointed a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in 2014. His current work on post-atrocity testimonies and forgiveness theory is anthologized in Memory, Narrative, and Forgiveness (Cambridge Scholars Publishing), the 10th anniversary Truth and Reconciliation Commission conference volume, and Jean Améry and the Philosophy of Torture (Lexington Books). He guest-edited a special issue of Historical Reflections/Reflexions Historiques on witnesses’ accounts of violence and violations, to which he contributed an article on the local theater and subjective accounts of the destruction process. At present he is exploring the incrimination of the bystander in the late 20th century. In summer, 2021, he will lead a two-week seminar on “The Search for Humanity after Atrocity,” sponsored with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He frequently presents his research abroad, as well as in the US, including in Cape Town; Jerusalem; Oxford; London; New Delhi (by Skype); Poznan; Tel Aviv; and Wenzhou, China (by Skype).