Founding Historian and co-creator of NY’s Museum of Jewish Heritage--A Living Memorial to the Holocaust (1986 to 2000), Jud Newborn, PhD is a New York-based author, dramatic multimedia lecture artist and expert on anti-Semitism, extremism and the fight for human rights worldwide. He has performed his unique programs from San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre and L.A.’s Simon Wiesenthal Center to the United Nations, and from Canada to Cape Town - providing lessons in courage that link the Holocaust to today's crises of democracy & human rights abuse.
Dr. Newborn is co-author of the critically acclaimed classic, Sophie Scholl and the White Rose. Praised by The New York Times, Newsweek International and singled out by Library Journal, it has just been released in a 3rd, special 75th Year Anniversary Year Edition, with endorsements attesting to its urgent relevance today by such figures as Norman Lear, Elie Wiesel, Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary, Prof. Deborah Lipstadt, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Michael Berenbaum, Original Director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
He is currently working on the first major Hollywood motion picture about the White Rose.
Jud Newborn has written for The New York Times and Jerusalem Post among other leading publications, and appeared as a seasoned on-camera consultant throughout the media, from the CBS Morning News, CNN and other networks to NPR’s “All Things Considered.” A Fulbright and Woodrow Wilson National Fellow, Dr. Newborn was educated at NYU, Cambridge University (where he was a writer-in-residence at Clare Hall College), and was awarded his PhD with Distinction by the University of Chicago for “Arbeit macht frei”: The Hidden German Cultural Meaning of the Holocaust. In July 1995 Dr. Newborn broke a decades-long barrier by giving the first lecture on the Holocaust ever held at the UN, at which time he called out against the UN’s abandonment of Bosnia Muslims to mass murder.
During his European doctoral fieldwork from 1980-1983, he hunted down SS officers and Nazi perpetrators for interviews. He also volunteered to work undercover for Poland’s Solidarity Freedom Movement in 1982, six months into the Communist Declaration of Martial Law and the sealing of Poland’s borders.
Dr. Newborn is co-creator of the award-winning animated short about a child Holocaust survivor, Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest, which reminds us of the need to protect those most vulnerable. As a poet and lyricist he has collaborated with country, pop and classical composers, including Pulitzer Prize winner Shulamit Ran. Today he serves as Special Programs Curator for Long Island’s renowned Cinema Arts Centre, bringing in Nobel Laureates, Kennedy Center Honorees, and Academy Award, Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Pulitzer Prize winners to interview for consciousness-raising programs before live audiences.
Jud Newborn believes firmly in not just “talking the talk,” but “walking the walk.”
The Anne Frank Center is honored this year to recognize his passion and activism with the 2018 Spirit of Anne Frank "Human Writes" Award.