AmCon 2022 Speakers

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis is the 11th Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth. Born and raised in South Africa, he served as Chief Rabbi of Ireland from 1985 to 1992 prior to moving to the UK where he served as rabbi of the Western Marble Arch Synagogue and then Finchley United Synagogue before assuming the position of Chief Rabbi in 2013.

Karen Pollock MBE

Karen Pollock CBE is the Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust. She started her professional life working for the Parliamentary Committee Against Antisemitism (PCAA), where she became Director. She joined the Holocaust Educational Trust as Communications Director in 1998 and became the Trust’s Chief Executive in 2000.

She was a founding Trustee of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and is a member of the Council of the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust Council at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. She is a Vice President of the Jewish Leadership Council, and an Advisor to the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation.

In 2012 Karen was awarded an MBE for her services to education in the UK. In 2020, she was awarded a CBE for services to Holocaust education.

Dr Toby Simpson

Dr Toby Simpson has been Director of The Wiener Holocaust Library, the world’s oldest archival and library collection relating to the Holocaust and Nazi era since 2019. He recently led the project Testifying to the Truth: Eyewitnesses to the Holocaust which has catalogued, digitised, and translated over 1,000 eyewitness accounts, gathered by the WHL between 1954 and 1961. Dr Simpson joined the WHL in 2011, setting up a new programme of exhibitions, tours, and events. Between 2011 and 2016, he curated or co-curated over a dozen exhibitions for the WHL including Humanity After the Holocaust: The Jewish Relief Unit, 1943-1950, and Four Thousand Lives: The Kitchener Camp Rescue.

Professor Tim Cole

Tim Cole is Professor of Social History at the University of Bristol and Director of the Brigstow Institute. He is also Chair of the 'We are Bristol History Commission' set up in the wake of the toppling of the Colston Statue. His research is on environmental histories and historical geographies with a particular focus on the Holocaust. Among Tim's recent publications are Holocaust Landscapes (2016) and About Britain (2021).

Martin Winstone

Martin Winstone is Project Historian for the UK Holocaust Memorial and Senior Historical Advisor to the Holocaust Educational Trust. He is the author of The Holocaust Sites of Europe, a guide to Holocaust sites across the continent, and The Dark Heart of Hitler’s Europe, a history of the General Government, the Nazi colony in occupied Poland which became the central killing ground of the Holocaust. He is also a member of the UK delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).

Dr Imogen Dalziel

Dr Imogen Dalziel is Research Associate at the UK Holocaust Memorial. She previously worked for the Holocaust and Genocide Research Partnership and the Holocaust Research Institute at Royal Holloway, University of London, from where she also obtained her PhD in 2020. Dr Dalziel was a participant on the Lessons from Auschwitz Project in 2009; she was in the first cohort of Regional Ambassadors and is now a freelance Educator for the Trust. She also volunteers with the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, and her efforts were recognised with an ‘If Not for Those Ten…’ award in 2016.

Kiera Fitzgerald

Kiera Fitzgerald is The Wiener Holocaust Library’s Education Officer and assists with the development and delivery of the Library’s educational programme for schools. Kiera is also an Ambassador Alumni of the Trust, having completed the Lessons from Auschwitz Project in 2012.