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Waitman Wade Beorn

is an historian of the Holocaust and genocide as well as a digital humanist. He is currently a senior lecturer in the Department of Humanities at the University of Northumbria. Previously, he was a lecturer in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia, the inaugural Blumkin Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and the Executive Director of the Virginia Holocaust Museum. He is the author of Marching into Darkness: The Wehrmacht and the Holocaust in Belarus (2014) and The Holocaust in Eastern Europe: At the Epicenter of the Final Solution (2018).

Doris L. Bergen

is the Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor of Holocaust Studies in the Department of History and Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. She is the author of War and Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust (3rd ed. 2016) and Twisted Cross: The German Christian Movement in the Third Reich (1996). She is a member of the Academic Committee of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

Laura E. Brade

is an historian of Modern Central and Eastern Europe, the Holocaust, and refugees and forced migration studies. She is an Assistant Professor of History at Albion College in Albion, Michigan, and received her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017. She has published an article with Rose Holmes titled, “Troublesome Sainthood: Nicholas Winton and the Contested History of Child Rescue in Prague, 1938-1940,” in History & Memory 29, no. 1 (Spring/Summer 2017): 3-40.

Christopher R. Browning

is Frank Porter Graham Professor of History Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of many influential books on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, including The Final Solution and the German Foreign Office: A Study of Referat D III of Abteilung Deutschland, 1940-43 (1978); Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland (1992); The Origins of the Final Solution: The Evolution of Nazi Jewish Policy, September 1939-March 1942 (2004) (with contributions by Jürgen Matthäus); and Remembering Survival: Inside a Nazi Slave-Labor Camp (2010). Ordinary Men, The Origins of the Final Solution, and Remembering Survival each received a National Jewish Book Award. Browning has been an expert witness at various trials of accused Nazi criminals in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, as well as in the “Holocaust denial” trials of Ernst Zündel in Toronto in 1988 and the Irving vs. Lipstadt trial in London in 2000. In 2006 he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Robert P. Ericksen

a PhD from the London School of Economics, works in Modern German History, German Church History, and Holocaust History. He is the Kurt Mayer Chair in Holocaust Studies Emeritus at Pacific Lutheran University; Chair of the Committee on Ethics, Religion and the Holocaust at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC; a founding editor of Kirchliche Zeitgeschichte; and author of Theologians under Hitler (1985) and Complicity in the Holocaust: Churches and Universities in Nazi Germany (2012).

Peter Hayes

is Professor of History and German and Theodore Zev Weiss Holocaust Educational Foundation Professor of Holocaust Studies Emeritus at Northwestern University. He specializes in the history of Nazi Germany and particularly the involvement of that nation’s largest corporations in the crimes of the Third Reich. He is the author or editor of thirteen books, notably Why? Explaining the Holocaust (2017), which also has been published in German, Chinese, Polish, and Spanish, and Industry and Ideology: IG Farben in the Nazi Era (1987).

Dagmar Herzog

is Distinguished Professor of History and Daniel Rose Faculty Scholar at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She writes and teaches on the history of the Holocaust and its aftermath, the histories of religion and Jewish-Christian relations, and the histories of gender and sexuality. She is the author, most recently, of Cold War Freud: Psychoanalysis in an Age of Catastrophes (2017) and Unlearning Eugenics: Sexuality, Reproduction, and Disability in Post-Nazi Europe (2018).

Mark W. Hornburg

is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at UNC-Chapel Hill who specializes in Modern German History. He is currently finishing his dissertation entitled “Cleansing the Wehrmacht: The Treatment of Social Outsiders in the German Military under the Nazi Regime.” From 2013-2015, he was a visiting (Fulbright) scholar at the University of Freiburg, Germany.

Konrad H. Jarausch

is Lurcy Professor of European Civilization at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Senior Fellow of the Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung in Potsdam, Germany. He has written or edited about 50 books on modern German and European History. His most recent titles are: Out of Ashes: A New History of Europe in the Twentieth Century (2015) and Broken Lives: How Ordinary Germans Experienced the Twentieth Century (2018).

Thomas Köhler

is an historian and literary scholar. He works as a research assistant at the memorial and museum Villa ten Hompel Muenster and is an associate research assistant at the Chair of Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Münster. He is the author or editor of three books, including (with Wolf Kaiser and Elke Gryglewski), “Nicht durch formale Schranken gehemmt”: Die deutsche Polizei im Nationalsozialismus (2012) and (with Dieter Ambach), Lublin-Majdenek. Das Konzentrations- und Vernichtungslager im Spiegel von Zeugenaussagen, 2nd ed. (2014).

Deborah E. Lipstadt

is the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies and the Department of Religion at Emory University. Her books include Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory (1993), The Eichmann Trial (2011), and Antisemitism: Here and Now (2019). Her book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier (2006) is the account of her libel trial against David Irving, who sued her in the UK for calling him a Holocaust denier.

Michael R. Marrus

is the Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor Emeritus of Holocaust Studies at the University of Toronto. His first work in the Holocaust field was published with Robert O. Paxton, Vichy France and the Jews (1982) and his most recent book is Lessons of the Holocaust (2015). Some thirty-five years ago, together with Christopher R. Browning, he attended a year-long seminar at the Institute for Advanced Studies of the Hebrew University studying and debating a new field: Holocaust historiography.

Jürgen Matthäus

is an historian and director for Applied Research at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC. Among his recent publications are Predicting the Holocaust: Jewish Organizations Report from Geneva on the Emergence of the “Final Solution,” 1939-1942 (2018), (with E. Kerenji), Jewish Responses to Persecution, 1933-1946 (2017), and (with Frank Bajohr), The Political Diary of Alfred Rosenberg and the Onset of the Holocaust (2015).

Michael Meng

is Associate Professor of History at Clemson University. He is the author of Shattered Spaces: Encountering Jewish Ruins in Postwar Germany and Poland (2011) and co-editor of Jewish Space in Contemporary Poland (2015), among other publications on modern European intellectual and cultural history.

Dan Michman

is Professor Emeritus of Modern Jewish History and former (1983-2018) Chair of the Arnold and Leona Finkler Institute of Holocaust Research at Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan; he is also Head of the International Institute for Holocaust Research and Incumbent of the John Najmann Chair in Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem. He earned his doctorate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1978). His publications cover a broad range of topics regarding the Holocaust and its impact, and Dutch-Jewish and Belgian-Jewish history. Among his authored books are: Holocaust Historiography: A Jewish Perspective. Conceptualizations, Terminology, Approaches and Fundamental Issues (2003) and The Emergence of Jewish Ghettos During the Holocaust (2011).

Francis R. Nicosia

is Professor of History Emeritus, and Raul Hilberg Distinguished Professor of Holocaust Studies Emeritus at the University of Vermont. His most-recently authored and edited books include Nazi Germany and the Arab (2015) and the edited documents volume Dokumente zur Geschichte des deutschen Zionismus 1933-1941, Schriftenreihe wissenschaftlicher Abhandlungen des Leo Baeck Instituts, Bd. 77 (2018).

Thomas Pegelow Kaplan

is the Leon Levine Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies and Professor of History at Appalachian State University, North Carolina. He has taught at Grinnell College, Davidson College, and De La Salle University, Philippines. He is the author of The Language of Nazi Genocide (2009) and the co-editor (with Wolf Gruner) of Petitions Resisting Persecution: Negotiating Self-Determination and Survival of European Jews (forthcoming).

Karl A. Schleunes

is Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has taught German History and the Holocaust. Schleunes is the author of The Twisted Road to Auschwitz: Nazi Policy toward German Jews, 1933-1939 (1970) and Legislating the Holocaust: The Bernhard Lösener Memoirs And Supporting Documents (2001).

Alan E. Steinweis

is Professor of History and Miller Distinguished Professor of Holocaust Studies at the University of Vermont. He taught previously at Florida State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is the author of three books: Art Ideology and Economics in Nazi Germany: The Reich Chambers of Music, Theater, and the Visual Arts (1993); Studying the Jew: Scholarly Antisemitism in Nazi Germany (2006); and Kristallnacht 1938 (2009).

Christoph Spieker

is the director of the memorial and museum Villa ten Hompel Münster. He received his doctorate at the University of Münster with a study on the commander of the Order Police in Rhineland and Westphalia. He is the author and editor of numerous books, including Im Auftrag: Polizei, Verwaltung und Verantwortung (2001) and Traditionsarbeit: Eine biografische Studie über Prägung, Verantwortung und Wirkung des Polizeioffiziers Bernhard Heinrich Lankenau (2015).

T. Fielder Valone

is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at Indiana University. His research has been supported by Fulbright, the Saul Kagan Fellows Program, and other institutions, and has been published in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (“Rescued from Oblivion: The Leyb Koniuchowsky Papers and the Holocaust in Provincial Lithuania,” 2014) and by the VWI/NAP Contributions to Holocaust Research series (“Old Tensions, New Contexts: Religious Violence and Collaboration in Lithuania, June-December 1941,” forthcoming).

Gerhard L. Weinberg

took his PhD in modern European History at the University of Chicago in 1951. His professional appointments include Columbia University’s War Documentation Project and the Universities of Kentucky, Michigan, and North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Major works in addition to over 100 articles and archive guides are Hitler’s Foreign Policy 1933-1939, revised ed. (2004) and A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II (1994).

Edward B. Westermann

is a Professor of History at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. He has published extensively on the Holocaust and military history. Westermann is the author of Hitler’s Ostkrieg and the Indian Wars: Comparing Genocide and Conquest (2016) and Hitler’s Police Battalions: Enforcing Racial War in the East (2005). His newest book, Drunk with Genocide? Drinking Rituals, Masculinity and Mass Murder in Nazi Germany, is under contract and forthcoming.

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