44th Tikkun Olam Award to Professors Richard Breitman and Allan J. Lichtman
Richard Breitman received his B.A. from Yale University and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He is author or co-author of ten books and many articles in German history, U.S. history, and the Holocaust. Apart from his latest book, FDR and the Jews, co-authored with Allan J. Lichtman, he is best known for The Architect of Genocide: Himmler and the Final Solution (Knopf 1991) and Official Secrets: What the Nazis Planned, What the British and Americans Knew (Hill and Wang, 1998). He served as director of historical research for the Nazi War Criminal Records and Imperial Japanese Records Interagency Working Group, which helped to bring about declassification of more than eight million pages of U.S. government records under a 1998 law. He is editor of the scholarly journal Holocaust and Genocide Studies. He is Distinguished Professor in History at American University.
Allan J. Lichtman is Distinguished Professor of History at American University in Washington, D.C. His has authored or co-authored eight books, including most recently, FDR and the Jews (Harvard, 2013, with Richard Breitman), a New York Times Editor’s Choice Book. Other recent books include the The Keys to the White House, 2012 Edition (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012) and White Protestant Nation: The Rise of the American Conservative Movement (Grove/Atlantic 2008), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in non-fiction. The Keys system correctly predicted the popular vote outcome in every presidential election from 1984 to 2012. Dr. Lichtman received the American University Scholar/Teacher of the year award for 1992-3, the University’s highest academic honor. Dr. Lichtman has lectured extensively in the United States and abroad. He has provided commentary for all major television and radio networks and is regularly quoted by leading newspapers and magazines worldwide. He has published more than 200 scholarly and popular articles and served as an expert witness in more than 80 federal voting rights and redistricting cases. As an expert for the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights Dr. Lichtman discovered that the outcome of the 2000 presidential election turned on the vast disparity in rates at which officials rejected ballots cast by blacks and whites in Florida.