Professor of History
On Leave 2017-2018
M.A. University of California, Los Angeles, History (1997)
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, History (2003)
HIST 136Before the Deluge: Paris and Berlin in the Interwar Years
HIST 230 / JWST 230Modern European Jewish History, 1789-1948
HIST 301Approaching the Past: Writing the Past
JWST 338 / REL 296 / HIST 338The History of the Holocaust
HIST 433 / JWST 433The Justice of Violence? Histories of Terrorism in Europe
HIST 434 / JWST 434The Meaning of Diaspora and the Jews of Europe
HIST 490 T / JWST 490Memory, History, and the Extermination of the Jews of Europe
- Jewish Studies Program
Alexandra Garbarini received her B.A. from Williams College in 1994 and completed her doctorate in 2003 in the department of history at University of California at Los Angeles, writing a dissertation under the supervision of Saul Friedländer. Her first book, Numbered Days: Diary Writing and the Holocaust (Yale University Press, 2006) was a runner-up for the National Jewish Book Award, Holocaust category, and is the first sustained analysis by a historian of the significant ways in which European Jewish wartime diaries contribute to our understanding of the Holocaust. Drawing on an array of unpublished and published diaries from all over German-occupied Europe, Garbarini analyzes the role of diary writing within ordinary men and women’s larger struggles to cope with the unimaginable genocide as it unfolded around them. She is currently at work on a study of interwar European cultural and legal responses to mass atrocity and political violence, and their legacy for post-World War II international law and the concept of human rights.
Since the spring of 2003 she has taught at Williams College, where she offers courses on the history of the Holocaust, European Jewish history, and modern European cultural and political history.
Jewish Responses to Persecution, vol. 2, 1938-1940. With Emil Kerenji, Jan Lambertz, Avinoam Patt. Lanham, MD: Altamira Press, in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 2011.
Numbered Days: Diaries and the Holocaust (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006)
*Finalist for the 2006 National Jewish Book Award, Holocaust category
Articles, Review Essays, Encyclopedia Entries:
“Reflections on the Holocaust and Jewish History,” part of the forum on David Engel’s Historians of the Jews and the Holocaust in Jewish Quarterly Review 102, no. 1 (Winter 2012): 81-90.
“A Tale of Two Diarists: A Comparative Examination of Experiences in Eastern and Western Europe,” in the occasional paper Ghettos 1939-1945: New Research and Perspectives on Definition, Daily Life, and Survival, United States Holocaust Museum, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies (2005).
“Redemptive Possibilities of Holocaust Remembrance,” Jewish Quarterly Review 97: 2 (2007): 304-313
“Holocaust Diaries,” in The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008)
Modern Jewish History, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Modern European Cultural and Intellectual History
Charlotte Kiechel, ’12 – Coming of Age during the Holocaust: Representing an Adolescence of Survival
Lily Wong, ’12 (with Scott Wong and Anne Reinhardt) – Remembering the Nanjing Massacre: Transnationalism and Atrocity
Cristina Florea, ’10 – The (After)Life of a Dream: East German Children, Selfhood, and the “Socialist Personality” Before and After 1989
Emily Bruce, ’07 – ‘These innocent tales’: Family and Nation in the Grimms’ Kinder- und Hausmärchen
Brian Van Wyck, ’07 – Paranoia and Policy: Otto von Bismarck and Russo-Germans Relations, 1875-1881
Kimberly Gilbert, ’06 – History’s Shadow: Holocaust Remembrance in the Berlin Republic, 1990-2005
Mark Esposito, 05 – Rex vaincra! Léon Degrelle and the Failure of the Rexist Movement
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