Charles R. Keller Professor of History
On Leave 2022-2023
M.A. University of California, Los Angeles, History (1997)
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, History (2003)
HIST 134 TUTThe Great War (not offered 2022/23)
HIST 136 SEMBefore the Deluge: Paris and Berlin in the Interwar Years (not offered 2022/23)
HIST 230 / JWST 230 LECModern European Jewish History, 1789-1948 (not offered 2022/23)
HIST 301 SEMApproaching the Past: Writing the Past (not offered 2022/23)
HIST 338 / REL 296 / JWST 338 LECThe History of the Holocaust (not offered 2022/23)
HIST 434 / REL 335 / JWST 434 SEMThe Meaning of Diaspora and the Jews of Europe (not offered 2022/23)
HIST 490 / JWST 490 TUTMemory, History, and the Extermination of the Jews of Europe (not offered 2022/23)
Alexandra Garbarini is Professor of History and Jewish Studies at Williams College. She is the author of Numbered Days: Diary Writing and the Holocaust (2006), and co-author of Jewish Responses to Persecution, volume 2, 1939-1940 (2011). Numbered Days was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, Holocaust category. In addition to articles and reviews, she co-edited a special issue of the journal Etudes Arméniennes Contemporaines on “Victim Testimony and Mass Violence” (2015); the diary of Lucien Dreyfus, Le journal de Lucien Dreyfus, 20 décembre 1940-24 septembre 1943 : Une époque terrible et terriblement intéressant (French edition, 2018; the English edition is in preparation to be published by Rowman & Littlefield in association with the USHMM); and Lessons and Legacies, vol. XIII, New Approaches to an Integrated History of the Holocaust: Social History, Representation, Theory (2018) Her current research focuses on European Jewish and non-Jewish representations of mass violence in the decades prior to and during the Holocaust.
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
Edited Volumes and Journal Special Issues
Editor (with Jean-Marc Dreyfus), Le journal de Lucien Dreyfus, 20 décembre 1940-24 septembre 1943 : Une époque terrible et terriblement intéressante (Paris: Éditions Le Manuscrit, 2018).
Editor (with Paul Jaskot), Lessons and Legacies, vol. 13, New Approaches to an Integrated History of the Holocaust: Social History, Representation, Theory (Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press, 2018).
Guest Editor (with Boris Adjemian), “Victim Testimony and Understanding Mass Violence.” Special issue of Etudes Arméniennes Contemporaines, no. 5 (June 2015).
Articles, Review Essays, Encyclopedia Entries:
“‘Unprecedented’: Concepts and Narratives about Mass Violence and the Holocaust,” in Roger Frie, ed., History Flows Through Us: Germany, the Holocaust and the Importance of Empathy (London: Routledge, 2017).
“Document Volumes and the Status of Victim Testimony in the Era of the First World War and Its Aftermath,” Etudes Arméniennes Contemporaines, no. 5 (June 2015), pp. 113-138.
“Power in Truth-Telling: Jewish Testimonial Strategies before the Shoah,” in Jason Coy, Benjamin Marschke, Jared Poley, and Claudia Verhoeven, eds., Kinship, Community, and Self: Essays in Honor of David Warren Sabean (New York and Oxford: Berghahn, 2015), pp. 170-184.
“Diaries, Testimonies, and Jewish Histories of the Holocaust,” in Norman J.W. Goda, ed., Jewish Histories of the Holocaust: New Transnational Approaches (New York and Oxford: Berghahn, 2014), pp. 91-104.
“Engineering Miracles: Joseph Winkler and the History of Survival,” in Zeev Mankowitz, David Weinberg, and Sharon Kangisser Cohen, eds., Europe in the Eyes of Survivors of the Holocaust (Jerusalem: Yad Vashem, 2014), pp. 231-254.
“The Holocaust Is Over?” History and Theory 53, no. 3 (October 2014): 406-418.
“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.
Modern Jewish History, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Modern European Cultural and Intellectual History
Rebecca Tauber ’21 – ‘Under Those Apple Trees’: Jewish Youth Culture, Ideology, and Education in the Largest American Zionist Youth Movement of the 1960s and 1970s
Lindsay Klickstein ’19 – (Re)creating History: Holocaust Testimony, Jewish Collective Memory, and Polish-Jewish Relations
Tamar Aizenberg ’18 – History Becoming Memory: American Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors and their Jewish Identity in the 21st Century
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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