Jud Newborn, Ph.D., is a New York-based author, lecturer, and film curator. He is expert on anti-Semitism, extremism and the fight for human rights worldwide. Founding Historian of New York’’s Museum of Jewish Heritage from 1986 to 2000, Dr. Newborn has lectured from San Diego’s Old Globe Theater, L.A.’s Simon Wiesenthal Center and major universities and religious institutions to the United Nations, and from Canada to Cape Town. He is co-author of the acclaimed SOPHIE SCHOLL AND THE WHITE ROSE, telling the full story given partial treatment in the Academy Award-nominated German film of 2006, Sophie Scholl: The Last Days. Dr. Newborn has also written for THE NEW YORK TIMES and JERUSALEM POST among other leading publications, and appeared as a consultant throughout the media, from the CBS MORNING NEWS, CNN and other networks to NPR’s “All Things Considered.”
Awarded his PhD with Distinction by the University of Chicago, Dr. Newborn broke a decades-long barrier by giving the first lecture on the Holocaust ever held at the UN in July 1995, at which time he also called out against the UN’s abandonment of Bosnia Muslims to mass murder. During his European fieldwork from 1980-1983, Dr. Newborn hunted down former SS officers and worked briefly undercover for Poland’s Solidarity Freedom Movement in 1982, six months into the Communist Declaration of Martial Law.
Today he serves as Special Projects Curator for the renowned CINEMA ARTS CENTRE, LI, bringing in celebrated actors, directors and authors to interview before live audiences.
“Lauded by Newsweek & The New York Times, by the UN, Princeton & Hebrew Union College, Dr. Jud Newborn speaks with dramatic power & a deeply felt passion that leaves his audiences both moved & exhilarated.” – MARTIN BORIS, LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE
“Dr. Jud Newborn tells a riveting story about resistance to the Nazis. The White Rose students were brave beyond measure, & Dr. Newborn brings them alive again for us.” – JANE ALEXANDER, FORMER CHAIR, NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS; TONY WINNER; 4-TIME ACADEMY AWARDS NOMINEE
“We hit the jackpot with Jud Newborn. One of the best Holocaust & human rights presentations anyone will ever hear.” – EDIE NAVEH, HOLOCAUST CENTER, PITTSBURGH
“I would strongly urge you to offer you podiums to Jud Newborn. Matters of Human Rights, Justice, Peace, Courage, and Conscience find resonance with his lectures on the White Rose.” – PROF. JAMES MCNUTT, THOMAS MORE COLLEGE, KY
“A stellar presentation!” – MAUREEN McNEIL, ANNE FRANK CENTER