5th Tikkun Olam Award (Misha Mitsel)

Historian and archivist Mikhail (Misha) Mitsel was born in 1953 near Vladivostok, Russia. He grew up in Lvov (Ukraine), and in 1978, he graduated from Lvov State University.

In the 1980s, he worked in the museum “Kiev Fortress” as a researcher and tour guide.

In the 1990s, he was a researcher at the Institute for Jewish Studies in Kiev.

In 1998, he moved to the USA. He is an archivist, specializing in Eastern European Jewish history, at the Archives of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in New York.

Misha is the author of many articles and books in English, Russian, Ukrainian and Polish including the photo-album The American Brother: The“Joint” in Russia, the USSR and the CIS (Jerusalem, 2004) (co-authored with Michael Beizer), Jews of Ukraine in 1943-1953: A Documented Study (Kiev, Ukraine 2004), Jewish Religious Communities in Ukraine: Kiev, Lvov: 1945-1981 (Kiev, Ukraine 1998)  and List of the 1863 insurgents jailed in the Kiev Fortress (Przemyśl,  Poland, 1995).


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Some special words to Misha Mitsel: As the son of Ernest Mohr, A German refugee in Haiti during the Shoah, I want to recognize the outstanding humanitarian work of the JDC then and now, as they seek to help the people of Haiti. To you personally, we want to express our immense gratitude for the deeply significant work you do, may your life and intellectual contributions continue to bless and enlighten many.


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