Stuart Z. Charmé is Professor of Religion at Rutgers University. He is the author of two books dealing with issues of personal and social identity in the work of Jean-Paul Sartre: Meaning and Myth in the Study of Lives (1984) and Vulgarity and Authenticity (1991). His current research deals with philosophical issues involved in post-modern Jewish identity and with the formation of Jewish identity in children and adolescents.
Jonathan M. Hess is Associate Professor of Germanic Languages at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of Reconstituting the Body Politic: Enlightenment, Public Culture and the Invention of Aesthetic Autonomy (1999) and is spending 1999–2000 as a fellow at the National Humanities Center working on a book entitled Colonizing Diaspora: Debating Jewish Emancipation in Germany, 1781–1815.
Dalia Ofer is the Max and Rita Haber Professor of Holocaust and East European Studies at the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and also the academic head of the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism. She has published extensively on the Holocaust in Eastern Europe, on immigration to Palestine and Israel, and on the memory of the Holocaust in Israel. Her recent book (together with Lenore J. Weitzman) is Women in the Holocaust (1998).
Jonathan Schorsch is a Ph.D. candidate in Jewish History at the University of California, Berkeley. His dissertation examines social and discursive relations between Sephardic Jews and blacks in the early colonial world of Holland, England, and their overseas territories.
Michael Robert Shurkin recently received his Ph.D. in Jewish History from Yale University, and in the fall 2000 he will be a lecturer in Modern Jewish History at Johns Hopkins University. His dissertation was a study of the efforts of the French government and the Jewish consistories to acculturate the Jews of Alsace and Algeria during the nineteenth century as part of the nation building process.
James E. Young is Professor of English and Judaic Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he is Chair of the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies. He is the author of Writing and Rewriting the Holocaust (1988), The Texture of Memory (1993), and, most recently, At Memory's Edge: After-Images of the Holocaust in Contemporary Art and Architecture (2000). [End Page 177]