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Omer Bartov, The Voice of Your Brother’s Blood: The Holocaust as Communal Genocide

We are most pleased to be welcoming Professor Omer Bartov to the Seventh Southeast German Studies Workshop at Davidson College and UNC Charlotte. Omer Bartov ranks among one of the leading and most accomplished Holocaust and Genocide Studies scholars. Born in Israel and trained at Tel Aviv University and St. Antony’s College, Oxford, he currently holds the John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History and Professor of History and German Studies at Brown University. His publications, including seven books and three edited volumes, have been translated in many languages and transformed the field. He has received numerous prestigious awards and grants and has previously taught or held fellowships at Rutgers University, Harvard University, Princeton University and Tel Aviv University.

His early research on the Nazi indoctrination of the Wehrmacht and the German army’s crimes during the Second World War helped broaden and alter the understanding of Holocaust perpetrators and resulted in his well-received studies "The Eastern Front 1941-45: German Troops and the Barbarisation of Warfare (1985)" and "Hitler’s Army: Soldiers, Nazis and War in the Third Reich (1991)." He then examined the intricate links between genocide and total war, producing path-breaking works such as Murder in Our Midst: The Holocaust, Industrial Killing, and Representation (1996) and Germany’s War and the Holocaust: Disputed Histories (2003).

Most recently, he has turned to an examination of interethnic relations in the borderlands of Eastern Europe, shifting the focus to the level of communities, victim populations and non-German perpetrators. In this context, he headed a collaborative project at the Watson Institute. These projects have resulted in the co-edited volume Shatterzone of Empires (2013) and Erased: Vanishing Traces of Jewish Galicia in Present-Day Ukraine (2007). Omer Bartov is currently completing another major monograph, The Voice of Your Brother’s Blood: Buczacz, Biography of a Town, on which his keynote talk will be based.

Prof. Bartov's lecture will take place on the Center City Campus, UNC Charlotte, 320 E. 9th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202.


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