Michael Shafir

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Michael Shafir (4 January 1944 – 9 November 2022) was a Romanian–Israeli political scientist.[1][2] He has been described as "one of the leading analysts of antisemitism and the treatment of the Holocaust in east-central Europe".[3]

Shafir was born in Bucharest, Romania. He immigrated to Israel during the Communist period in Eastern Europe, later returning to Romania in 2005. From then until his retirement he taught at the Faculty of European Studies of Babeș-Bolyai University, in Cluj-Napoca; in 2012 he donated his collection to the Octavian Goga Cluj County Library [ro].[4]

Shafir died on 9 November 2022, at the age of 78.[5]


  • Shafir, Michael (1985). Romania, Politics, Economics, and Society: Political Stagnation and Simulated Change. L. Rienner Publishers. ISBN 978-0-931477-02-7.[6][7][8]
  • Shafir, Michael (2002). Between Denial and "comparative Trivialization": Holocaust Negationism in Post-communist East Central Europe. Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism.[9]


  1. ^ "Prof. Michael Shafir | Babeș-Bolyai University". Academia.edu.
  2. ^ ואגו, רפאל; Vago, Raphael (2003). "Anti-Semitic Media in Post-Communist Romania / תקשורת אנטישמית ברומניה הפוסט קומוניסטית". Kesher / קשר (33): 108–115. ISSN 0792-0113. JSTOR 23919091.
  3. ^ Lobont, Florin (2004). "Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial in Post-Communist Eastern Europe". The Historiography of the Holocaust. Palgrave Macmillan UK. pp. 440–468. doi:10.1057/9780230524507_21. ISBN 978-0-230-52450-7.
  4. ^ Petrescu, Cristina; Pintilescu, Corneliu. "Donation of Michael Shafir collection to Cluj County Library". cultural-opposition.eu. Retrieved December 28, 2021.
  5. ^ "A murit Michael Shafir, considerat unul dintre cei mai mari specialiști în antisemitism și Holocaust din Europa". HotNews.ro. 9 November 2022. Retrieved 9 November 2022.
  6. ^ Batt, Judy (1985). "Book Review: Michael Shafir, Romania - Politics, Economics and Society: Political Stagnation and Simulated Change (London: Frances Pinter, 1985, 232pp., £18.50 hbk" £6.95 pbk.)". Millennium: Journal of International Studies. 14 (3): 373–374. doi:10.1177/03058298850140030713. S2CID 143585297.
  7. ^ Hitchins, Keith (1986). "Romania: Politics, Economics and Society. By Michael Shafir. Marxist Regimes Series (edited by Bogdan Szajkowski). Boulder, Colo.: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1985. xvii, 232 pp. Maps. Tables. 11.95, paper". Slavic Review. 45 (2): 389. doi:10.2307/2499262. ISSN 0037-6779. JSTOR 2499262. S2CID 156242179.
  8. ^ Pryor, Frederic L (1987). "Marxist regimes series". Journal of Comparative Economics. 11 (1): 124–132. doi:10.1016/0147-5967(87)90046-1.
  9. ^ Dungaciu, Sandra (2003). "Michael Shafir, Between Denial and "Comparative Trivialization": Holocaust Negationism in Post-Communist East Central Europe. Jerusalem: Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism, ACTA, No. 19, 2002, 84 pp". Nationalities Papers. 31 (3): 353. doi:10.1017/S0090599200020997. S2CID 165731997.