Prof. Ruth Linn

Department of Counseling and Human Development

University of Haifa

ruth linn

Ruth Linn is the former Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Haifa, Israel (2001-2006). She is an expert in the field of moral psychology and resistance to authority. Her major academic work focusses on suppressed testimonies in times of war and peace (Linn, 1989, 1996, 2001, 2004; Dror & Linn, 2016, 2021). Linn is the only Israeli researcher permitted by Dr. Rudolf Vrba to record his heroic escape from Auschwitz-Birkenau, an event omitted in Hebrew-language Israeli history school textbooks. In recognition of his courage and his contribution to Holocaust education, she arranged for the University of Haifa to award him an honorary doctorate in 1998. After its rejection by Yad Vashem, Linn arranged for the first publication of Vrba’s memoir and the famous “Vrba-Wetzler report” in Hebrew by the University of Haifa Press. She documents the suppression of Vrba’s legacy in Israeli historiography in her 2004 book Escaping Auschwitz: a culture of forgetting

Linn has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University, the University of Maryland, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the University of British Columbia. She is a winner of the Erikson Prize of the International Society of Political Psychology for her pioneering studies on Israeli soldiers who were selective conscientious objectors during wartime. She obtained her doctorate from Boston University in 1981.

Dean (2001-2006) Faculty of Education 

Education and Sciences Building, The University of Haifa, Israel, 31905


Tel: 972-4-8249-390

Fax: 972-4-8240-911

Room: 544 (5th floor)

Full Professor,

Doctor of Education,

Boston University, Mass, U.S.A (1981)