2 Oct 2013

Holocaust historian Israel Gutman dies

8:52 pm on 2 October 2013

Notable Holocaust historian Israel Gutman has died in Jerusalem. He was 90.

Professor Gutman was born in Warsaw in 1923. He was wounded fighting the Nazis in the 1943 Jewish uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto before being arrested and spending two years in Nazi concentration camps, including Auschwitz-Birkenau, the BBC reports.

After the war, he went to live in what would soon after become the state of Israel, where he devoted himself to studying the Holocaust and helping its survivors.

He was a founder of the Yad Vashem International Institute for Holocaust Research, and an expert witness during the 1961 trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann.

Professor Gutman's parents and siblings died in the Warsaw Ghetto.