Announcements

Upcoming Teaching Schedule:
Fall 2016: Hist 2c, World History, 1700-present (F’14 syllabus); Hist 2ch (honors section)
[June 2016: this course already has a long waitlist; it will be offered again in Spring 2017]
Winter 2017: 201E, Public Memory (2007 course website)
Spring 2017: Hist 133D: The Holocaust and Other Genocides in European History (150 spaces; webpage with 2015 syllabus).

Personal Statement:

In addition to the World History survey (Hist 2c: 1700-present), I teach upper division courses covering German history from 1800 to the present, including topical courses about the Nazi Holocaust and other genocides, and their legacies. My research focuses on how, since 1945, various groups have looked back on events in the Nazi period. In UCSB’s graduate program I teach courses about museums and what is commonly called collective memory, as well as on German history and digital history.
I am also interested in how people use the internet to find historical information. My extensive personal website has web pages about my research and the full texts of many of my publications. The sections below on this web page list and link to the most important items.

Advisor to:

Current Projects:

  1. “Hitler, the Dagger-Stab, and ‘What if They Came for You’: Icons of German History in the Twentieth Century.”
    A collection of reception history case studies, each showing how an event was portrayed while it transpired and how that portrayal has evolved since then.
  2. Das Erbe von Dachau (see my Dachau Page for more information)
    A shorter, updated German-language version of my 2001 monograph Legacies of Dachau, which will include the redesign of the memorial site since 2003, as well as new research.
  3. The role of the Internet in the dissemination of historical knowledge
    Right now I am not actively pursuing this project, but rather learning as much as I can about uses of technology in teaching. See this 2004 thesis paper.

Selected Publications:

  • Legacies of Dachau: The Uses and Abuses of a Concentration Camp, 1933-2001
    600 page book about the history and afterlife of the former concentration camp until its most recent redesign. (my Legacies of Dachau page)
  • “Holocaust Memorials: The Emergence of a Genre,” in: American Historical Review (Feb. 2010)
    An AHR “forum” essay on representations of the Holocaust that traces the development of Holocaust memorials from 1943 to the 1960s. (25Mb pdf)
  • Stones of Contention: National Socialism and Second World War in Monuments and Memorials, 1945-1985
    32-page, richly illustrated booklet accompanying an exhibition that toured Germany from 1985 to 1992. (complete booklet on-line)
  • “The Revival of Holocaust Awareness in West Germany, Israel, and the United States,” in: 1968: The World Transformed (Cambridge 1998), 421-
    This essay examines how the Holocaust became a talked-about event in three countries in the 1960s. (full text)
  • “Experiencing the Holocaust in Los Angeles: The Museum of Tolerance,”, in:
    on-line journal Other Voices, 2:1(2000)
  • “Generational Cohorts and the Shaping of Popular Attitudes Towards the Holocaust,” in:Remembering for the Future (2001), 652-663.
    This essay summarizes the generation/cohort theory I develop at the beginning of chapter 12 of Legacies of Dachau. (text)
  • “Reshaping Dachau for Visitors, 1933-2000,” in:Horror and Human Tragedy Revisited: The Management of Sites of Atrocity for Tourism
    (New York, 2005), 118-148. (presentation text)
  • “History, War and Memory,” in: Gordon Martel (ed.), A Companion to Europe, 1900-1945 (Oxford: Blackwell, 2006), pp. 487-503. (searchable at amazon.com)
    This essay offers an overview of its topic for the period from 1945 to the present in 11 countries.
  • For a complete list of my publications, with links to most texts, see
    My Publications Page.
  • For a complete list of my reviews, with full texts, see My Book Reviews Page
    Most are illustrated and have links and additional information not contained in the published versions.

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