My Person of the Year: Academia Historian Boaz Neumann Says We Can't Learn Anything From the Past

He is one of Tel Aviv University's most popular professors, a fertile and innovative historian who has offered new perspectives on Nazism. But Neumann has his doubts about history as a guide for the present.

Two weeks were all Boaz Neumann needed to realize he had chosen the wrong field of study. “I remember that Thursday at the beginning of the...