Dan Diner is the Director of the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture at the University of Leipzig and Professor in the Department of History. He is also Professor of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of History, and Regular Member of the Philological-Historical Class of the Saxonian Academy of Sciences Leipzig He is the author of numerous books, several of them were translated in English: Lost in the Sacred. Why the Muslim World Stood Still, Princeton, N. J., 2009 (English translation of: Versiegelte Zeit. Über den Stillstand in der islamischen Welt, Berlin 2005.) and of Disseminating German Tradition. The Thyssen Lectures, Leipzig 2009 (ed. with Moshe Zimmermann). Cataclysms. A History of the Twentieth Century from Europe’s Edge, Madison, Wis., 2008. Restitution and Memory. Material Restoration in Europe, New York/Oxford 2007 (ed. with Gotthard Wunberg).