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Michael Fleming is a British historian and professor at the Polish University Abroad in London.[1]

Fleming is the author of National Minorities in Post-Communist Poland (2003); Communism, Nationalism and Ethnicity in Poland, 1944–1950 (2009);[2] and Auschwitz, the Allies and Censorship of the Holocaust (2014). His articles have appeared in numerous journals, including American Jewish History, Modern Judaism, and Journal for the Study of Antisemitism.[3] As of 2018 he is one of the conference secretaries of the Institute for Polish–Jewish Studies.[4]


Education and careerEdit

Fleming graduated from the University of London and obtained his PhD from the University of Oxford.[2] He has held teaching positions at Jesus College, Oxford, Pembroke College, Oxford,[1] and the Academy of Humanities and Economics, Łódź. He was a visiting researcher in Warsaw at the Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences, and in Pułtusk at the Pułtusk Academy of Humanities.[1][2]

Holocaust researchEdit

In Auschwitz, the Allies and Censorship of the Holocaust, Fleming seeks to show that the Allies knew in 1942 what was happening inside the German extermination camps. The Vrba-Wetzler report, written by two escapees from the Auschwitz concentration camp and distributed from April 1944, was not "the watershed moment", writes Norman J. W. Goda in a review of Fleming's book, in Allied knowledge of what was happening to the Jews inside Auschwitz, as is generally believed.[5] The Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs described the book as "undoubtedly one of the most important in the study of the Holocaust in the last twenty years".[6]


Fleming shared the Aquila Polonica Prize in 2011.[2]

Selected worksEdit

  • Michael Fleming (2003). National Minorities in Post-communist Poland. Veritas Foundation Publication Centre. ISBN 978-1904639008.
  • Michael Fleming (2009). Communism, Nationalism and Ethnicity in Poland, 1944–1950. Routledge. 206 pages. ISBN 978-1135276379.
  • Michael Fleming (2014). Auschwitz, the Allies and Censorship of the Holocaust. Cambridge University Press. 406 pages. ISBN 978-1107062795.


  1. ^ a b c "Prof. Michael Fleming", The Polish University Abroad in London.
  2. ^ a b c d "Staff". The Jagiellonian University Polish Research Centre in London. 2012.
  3. ^ "Presenters". The Allied Powers' Response to the Holocaust Conference. 2015-01-22.
  4. ^ "Members", Institute for Polish–Jewish Studies.
  5. ^ Goda, Norman J. W. (March 2016). "Book Reviews: Auschwitz, the Allies, and Censorship of the Holocaust. By Michael Fleming". The Journal of Modern History. 88 (1): 172–174. doi:10.1086/684870.
  6. ^ Groth, Alexander J. (29 October 2015). "Auschwitz, the Allies and Censorship of the Holocaust by Michael Fleming". Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs. 9 (3): 533–537. doi:10.1080/23739770.2015.1099088.