David Bankier was born on January 19, 1947 (27 Tevet, 5707), in the Zeckendorf DP camp in the Bamberg district, Oberfranken, Germany, in the then American Occupation Zone. His parents were Holocaust survivors from Ukraine and Poland. From there his family migrated first to Israel and then to Argentina (on reaching adulthood, David immigrated to Israel; the family immigrated to the USA; in the 1980s his parents returned to Israel). David grew up in Argentina; he studied at a public school and at a Jewish school where he consolidated his knowledge of the Hebrew language. In his youth he participated in Zionist activity and in 1967 immigrated to Israel. In that year he began to study Jewish history at the Hebrew University and in 1983 he completed his doctoral dissertation, “German Society and National Socialist Antisemitism, 1933–1938.”1
Bankier's most influential work covered the role of public opinion in Nazi Germany, specifically opinion relevant to Nazi anti-Semitism and to the Nazi Holocaust. His work on this topic involved extensive original research into Sopade reports as well as the internal documentation of the Sicherheitsdienst (SD) regarding German public opinion.
- Ethan Bronner, "David Bankier, Scholar of Holocaust, Dies at 63", New York Times, February 28, 2010, available at link.
- Bankier, David. The Germans and the Final Solution: Public Opinion Under Nazism (Wiley-Blackwell, 2006)
- About David Bankier, in Yad Vashem website
- David Bankier's Path in Holocaust Research - an article by Prof. Dan Michman, in Yad Vashem website
- An article by David Bankier about the relations between the Gestapo and the German population during Nazi period, in Yad Vashem website
- An interview with David Bankier about the Holocaust, its perpetrators, its reasons and its uniqueness, in Yad Vashem website
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