Note: My Wed. 11/7/18 office hour is cancelled–I’ll be away at a conference.

Teaching Schedule:
Fall 2018:
Hist 133A, “19th Century Germany” (133A website), Tue & Thu, 2-3:15pm
Winter 2019: Hist 133B, “20th Century Germany I, 1900-1945” (133B website with 2016 syllabus). Tue & Thu 2-3:15pm.
Spring 2019
: Hist 133C, “20th Century Germany II, 1945-1990” & Hist 133R: “Research Seminar in German History” (133C website with 2014 syllabus; 133R website with 2014 syllabus)

Personal Statement:

In addition to the World History survey (Hist 2c: 1700-present, F’16 syllabi and assignments), I teach upper division courses covering German history from 1800 to 1990 (Hist 133A,B,C), including topical courses about the Nazi Holocaust and other genocides, and their legacies (Hist 133D and seminars 133Q and 133R). My research focuses on how, since 1945, various groups have looked back on events in the Nazi period, and what meanings they construct from that retrospection.
In UCSB’s graduate program I teach courses about museums (rudimentary webpage) and what is commonly called collective memory (detailed syllabus/website with many pdf readings), as well as about digital history (201DH: Digital History webpage with 2015 syllabus), World History (rudimentary 200WD webpage) and German history (2002 syllabus).
My extensive personal website has web pages about my research and the full texts of many of my publications. Sections below on this web page have direct links to several more 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
    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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