Dr Michael Abrahams-Sprod

PhD (Sydney), MA (UNSW), Grad Dip Ed (UNSW), BA (UNSW)
Honorary Associate
Casual Lecturer in Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone + 61 2 9036 6122

Biographical details

Dr Michael Abrahams-Sprod is an historian, linguist and educator at the secondary, tertiary and adult education levels. He currently occupies an executive position at a Sydney high school and is qualified to teach French, German, Russian and history, has held both educational and professional leadership positions and has conducted research, lectured, presented and taught both in Australia and extensively abroad. His PhD dissertation (2006) entitled: Life under Siege: The Jews of Magdeburg under Nazi Rule was launched in German translation in November 2011 to much public acclaim by the eminent German publisher, Mitteldeutscher Verlag, under the title: "Und dann warst du auf einmal ausgestoßen!" Die Magdeburger Juden während der NS-Herrschaft. Dr Abrahams-Sprod also occupies part-time teaching positions in Jewish history and Holocaust studies at The Shalom Institute, The University of Sydney and UNSW; is Head of Education and Historical Advisor for B'nai B'rith's Courage to Care program and the President of the Australian Association for Jewish Studies. Dr Abrahams-Sprod's key academic research interests include: German-Jewish history since its inception, German-speaking Jewry under Nazism, the history of the Holocaust, the history of Zionism, the history of the State of Israel and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Research interests

  • German-speaking Jewry under Nazism;
  • German-Jewish history;
  • The Holocaust;
  • The history of European Jewry;
  • The history of Zionism;
  • The history of the State of Israel;
  • The history of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Teaching and supervision

  • JCTC1001: Palestine from Roman Rule to Islamic Conquest;
  • JCTC2605: From Emancipation to the Holocaust;
  • JCTC2606: The Holocaust: History and Aftermath;
  • JCTC2607: Israel in the Modern Middle East;
  • JCTC3601: Unravelling the Arab-Israeli Conflict;
  • HAIC: Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (Conducted by The Centre for Continuing Education);
  • RPRI: Rhythms and Purposes: The Rhythms and Purposes of Jewish Living (Conducted by The Centre for Continuing Education);
  • TDJL: Dramas: The History of the Jewish People (Conducted by The Centre for Continuing Education);
  • German-Jewry under Nazism;
  • History of German-speaking Jewry;
  • Holocaust Studies;
  • History of the Jews;
  • History of European Jewry in the Modern Period;
  • History of Zionism.

Current projects

  • Preparation of PhD dissertation (2006) entitled: Life under Siege: The Jews of Magdeburg under Nazi Rule for publication in English;
  • The history of Zionism in German-speaking Europe;
  • German-Jewish refugees in Palestine, later the State of Israel.

Associations

  • Head of Education, Historical Advisor, Education Consultant and Steering Committee Member, B’nai B’rith ‘Courage to Care’ (NSW) Inc.;
  • President, Australian Association for Jewish Studies;
  • Member, Academic Advisory Board of Studies, The Shalom Institute, The University of New South Wales;
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Australian Journal of Jewish Studies.

Other Professional Contributions

  • Historical Advisor and Consultant, Arbeitsgruppe Stolpersteine für Magdeburg der Landeshauptstadt Magdeburg (Memorial Tablets Committee for Magdeburg), Germany;
  • Former Volunteer Educator, Museum Guide and Librarian, Sydney Jewish Museum;
  • Adjunct Lecturer, School of Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of New South Wales.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Abrahams-Sprod, M. (2011). Und dann warst du auf einmal ausgestoben Die Magdeburger Juden Wahrend der NS-Herrschaft. Halle (Saale): Mitteldeutscher Verlag.

Journals

  • Abrahams-Sprod, M. (2008). Broken Glass, Shattered Lives: The Relevance of the Reichskristallnacht Today. The Sydney Papers, 20(4 (Spring 2008)), 125-132.
  • Abrahams-Sprod, M. (2007). Life under Siege: The Jews of Magdeburg under Nazi Rule (Dissertation Abstract). Leo Baeck Institute Year Book, 52(2007), 307-328.
  • Abrahams-Sprod, M. (2004). ’But the Jews have to go out!’: The School Experience of Jewish Pupils in Nazi Magdeburg. Oral History Association of Australia Journal, 26, 64-70.
  • Abrahams-Sprod, M. (2003). 'Australien! Wo ist denn das?’ - The Migration Experience of Jewish Refugees from Nazi Germany. Australian Journal of Jewish Studies, 17, 9-24.

Conferences

  • Abrahams-Sprod, M. (2006). Coffee and Cake with the Family Beiunsky: An Exploration of the Concepts of Identity and Exile with Respect to Jewish Refugees from Nazi Germany. Australasian Jewish Studies Forum, Sydney: Mandelbaum Publishing.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Abrahams-Sprod, M. (2008). Pogrom a blueprint for terror. The Australian, 10 November 2008, 8.
  • Abrahams-Sprod, M. (2007). Emil and Karl by Yankev Glatshteyn. Australian mosaic, 16 (The need for vigilance: Issues of prejudice in a culturally diverse Australia), 41-42.

Other

  • Abrahams-Sprod, M. (2012), "My Holocaust Odyssey: A Journey from Sydney via the World to Magdeburg," (Sydney: Sydney Jewish Museum) Sydney Jewish Museum 2012 Yearbook, 80–81. Also published in edited forms in (Sydney: School of Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of Sydney) Language and Culture, 21, 3–5; (Sydney: Australian Association of Jewish Studies, 2012) Australian Association of Jewish Studies Newsletter, 53, 9–12; and (Sydney: School of Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of Sydney) Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies Annual Report 2012, 20–21.
  • Abrahams-Sprod, M. (2007), “Reflections of an Accidental Oral Historian,�? (Sydney: Oral History Association of Australia, New South Wales Branch [OHAA NSW], 2007) Voiceprint, 37, 8–10.
  • Abrahams-Sprod, M. (2002), Survivor testimony bringing to life the school experiences of Jewish pupils in Magdeburg 1933 – 1945, in Yad Vashem (ed.), The Legacy of Holocaust Survivors: The Moral and Ethical Implications for Humanity. CD-ROM.
  • Abrahams-Sprod, M. (2002), “The Impossibility of Weathering the Storm: Some Reflections on the ‘Reichskristallnacht’,�? Zachor: Journal of The Australian Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Descendants Inc., November 2002 (Kislev 5763), 8–9 [also published as “Slow awakening, sudden pogrom,�? in Australian Jewish News, Sydney edition, 15 November, 2002, 18].

2012

  • Abrahams-Sprod, M. (2012), "My Holocaust Odyssey: A Journey from Sydney via the World to Magdeburg," (Sydney: Sydney Jewish Museum) Sydney Jewish Museum 2012 Yearbook, 80–81. Also published in edited forms in (Sydney: School of Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of Sydney) Language and Culture, 21, 3–5; (Sydney: Australian Association of Jewish Studies, 2012) Australian Association of Jewish Studies Newsletter, 53, 9–12; and (Sydney: School of Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of Sydney) Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies Annual Report 2012, 20–21.

2011

  • Abrahams-Sprod, M. (2011). Und dann warst du auf einmal ausgestoben Die Magdeburger Juden Wahrend der NS-Herrschaft. Halle (Saale): Mitteldeutscher Verlag.

2008

  • Abrahams-Sprod, M. (2008). Broken Glass, Shattered Lives: The Relevance of the Reichskristallnacht Today. The Sydney Papers, 20(4 (Spring 2008)), 125-132.
  • Abrahams-Sprod, M. (2008). Pogrom a blueprint for terror. The Australian, 10 November 2008, 8.

2007

  • Abrahams-Sprod, M. (2007). Emil and Karl by Yankev Glatshteyn. Australian mosaic, 16 (The need for vigilance: Issues of prejudice in a culturally diverse Australia), 41-42.
  • Abrahams-Sprod, M. (2007). Life under Siege: The Jews of Magdeburg under Nazi Rule (Dissertation Abstract). Leo Baeck Institute Year Book, 52(2007), 307-328.
  • Abrahams-Sprod, M. (2007), “Reflections of an Accidental Oral Historian,�? (Sydney: Oral History Association of Australia, New South Wales Branch [OHAA NSW], 2007) Voiceprint, 37, 8–10.

2006

  • Abrahams-Sprod, M. (2006). Coffee and Cake with the Family Beiunsky: An Exploration of the Concepts of Identity and Exile with Respect to Jewish Refugees from Nazi Germany. Australasian Jewish Studies Forum, Sydney: Mandelbaum Publishing.

2004

  • Abrahams-Sprod, M. (2004). ’But the Jews have to go out!’: The School Experience of Jewish Pupils in Nazi Magdeburg. Oral History Association of Australia Journal, 26, 64-70.

2003

  • Abrahams-Sprod, M. (2003). 'Australien! Wo ist denn das?’ - The Migration Experience of Jewish Refugees from Nazi Germany. Australian Journal of Jewish Studies, 17, 9-24.

2002

  • Abrahams-Sprod, M. (2002), Survivor testimony bringing to life the school experiences of Jewish pupils in Magdeburg 1933 – 1945, in Yad Vashem (ed.), The Legacy of Holocaust Survivors: The Moral and Ethical Implications for Humanity. CD-ROM.
  • Abrahams-Sprod, M. (2002), “The Impossibility of Weathering the Storm: Some Reflections on the ‘Reichskristallnacht’,�? Zachor: Journal of The Australian Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Descendants Inc., November 2002 (Kislev 5763), 8–9 [also published as “Slow awakening, sudden pogrom,�? in Australian Jewish News, Sydney edition, 15 November, 2002, 18].

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