Michael Fleming (historian)

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Michael Fleming is a British historian and professor at the Polish University Abroad in London.[1]

Fleming is the author of National Minorities in Post-Communist Poland (2003); Communism, Nationalism and Ethnicity in Poland, 1944–1950 (2009);[2] and Auschwitz, the Allies and Censorship of the Holocaust (2014). His articles have appeared in numerous journals, including American Jewish History, Modern Judaism, and Journal for the Study of Antisemitism.[3] As of 2018 he is one of the conference secretaries of the Institute for Polish–Jewish Studies.[4]

Education and career[edit]

Fleming graduated from the University of London and obtained his PhD from the University of Oxford.[2] He has held teaching positions at Jesus College, Oxford, Pembroke College, Oxford,[1] and the Academy of Humanities and Economics, Łódź. He was a visiting researcher in Warsaw at the Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences, and in Pułtusk at the Pułtusk Academy of Humanities.[1][2]

Holocaust research[edit]

In Auschwitz, the Allies and Censorship of the Holocaust, Fleming seeks to show that the Allies knew in 1942 what was happening inside the German extermination camps. The Vrba-Wetzler report, written by two escapees from the Auschwitz concentration camp and distributed from April 1944, was not "the watershed moment", writes Norman J. W. Goda in a review of Fleming's book, in Allied knowledge of what was happening to the Jews inside Auschwitz, as is generally believed.[5] The Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs described the book as "undoubtedly one of the most important in the study of the Holocaust in the last twenty years".[6]


Fleming shared the Aquila Polonica Prize in 2011.[2]

Selected works[edit]

  • Michael Fleming (2003). National Minorities in Post-communist Poland. Veritas Foundation Publication Centre. ISBN 978-1904639008.
  • Michael Fleming (2009). Communism, Nationalism and Ethnicity in Poland, 1944–1950. Routledge. 206 pages. ISBN 978-1135276379.
  • Michael Fleming (2014). Auschwitz, the Allies and Censorship of the Holocaust. Cambridge University Press. 406 pages. ISBN 978-1107062795.


  1. ^ a b c "Prof. Michael Fleming", The Polish University Abroad in London.
  2. ^ a b c d "Staff". The Jagiellonian University Polish Research Centre in London. 2012.
  3. ^ "Presenters". The Allied Powers' Response to the Holocaust Conference. 2015-01-22.
  4. ^ "Members", Institute for Polish–Jewish Studies.
  5. ^ Goda, Norman J. W. (March 2016). "Book Reviews: Auschwitz, the Allies, and Censorship of the Holocaust. By Michael Fleming". The Journal of Modern History. 88 (1): 172–174. doi:10.1086/684870.
  6. ^ Groth, Alexander J. (29 October 2015). "Auschwitz, the Allies and Censorship of the Holocaust by Michael Fleming". Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs. 9 (3): 533–537. doi:10.1080/23739770.2015.1099088.