Welcome to the website of historian Gerald Steinacher


  • Great news – See you at the Austrian Studies Association Conference in June 2018! read full news

    Our panel on “New Approaches to the Cold War in Austria” has been accepted and I am very much looking forward to my return to Burlington, Vermont – great people there, hope the weather will be nice (there is always time for a hike). Thanks to Guenter Bischof for organizing the panel!

  • March 3-5, 2018: Looking forward to the Annual Scholars’ Conference on the Holocaust at the Univ. of Texas in Dallas read full news

    The conference will be held on March 3-5, 2018 and will focus on the Holocaust and the Churches.

  • February 26, 2018: Lecture about the The Red Cross in the Shadow of the Holocaust at the University of Vermont read full news
  • November 19, 2017: Talk at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York read full news

    My talk at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York – Escaping Nuremberg: How Nazi Perpetrators Fled Justice was very well received – great audience of 300 Jewish and non-Jewish educators from New York, great questions – some feedback to the Museum about the talk: MS: “Fascinating, erudite, informative talk about a topic I … Continue reading November 19, 2017: Talk at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York

  • Great talk on October 23, 2017 at the Historisches Kolleg in Munich read full news

    – I talked about my ideas for my new project on denazification and the Catholic Church – very interested audience and good turnout. Special Thanks to Prof. Andreas Wirsching (Institute for Contemporary History – Munich) for introducing me and moderating the evening.

  • Looking forward to my fellowship at the Historische Kolleg in Munich fall of 2017/18 read full news
  • Starting my residency at the Bogliasco Foundation near Genoa Sept/Oct 2017 read full news

    What a great place to work on research!

  • 6 short questions about Humanitarians at War by History Net read full news
  • Jahrbuch Mauthausen was just published read full news

    I am honored to contribute to the Jahrbuch Mauthausen 2016 (published by the Documentation Center/Mauthausen Memorial) with an article about Austria and the escape of Nazis and Holocaust perpetrators. Mauthausen was the largest concentration camp on Austrian territory.

  • Radio interview about Humanitarians at War is now online read full news

    The role of the International Committee of the Red Cross during WWII is complicated. Closely bound to Switzerland the ICRC tried to remain neutral whilst at the same time operating with in the boundaries of the Geneva Conventions. Criticised for its failure to speak out during the Holocaust as the war came to a close … Continue reading Radio interview about Humanitarians at War is now online

  • May 4, 2017: Presentation of my new book “Humanitarians at War” at the University of Stockholm read full news
  • April 3-4, 2017: Holocaust Conference at Royal Holloway (London) in honor of David Cesarani, who passed away much too young. He was a great inspiration. I am very much looking forward to meeting colleagues and friends again. read full news
  • French-speaking friends – here is my latest interview for French TV about the leadership of the Catholic Church and the Holocaust (2016) read full news
  • February 19, 2017: Looking forward to my talk at Beth El Synagogue in Omaha about Humanitarians and the Holocaust read full news
  • December 2016: Fantastic conference “1946: Year Zero” at the National WWII Museum at New Orleans! My talk was very well received – an audience of 600 people read full news

About me

Gerald J. Steinacher is an Associate Professor of History and the Rosenberg Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (USA). Prior to his appointment he served as the Joseph A. Schumpeter Research Fellow in the Center for European Studies at Harvard University.

In 2006 he was a Visiting Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. and since continues to work closely with the Museum’s education and research programs. In 2015 Steinacher was a Research Fellow at the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem/Israel. He is the author of numerous publications on German and Italian twentieth-century history, most recently Humanitarians at War. The Red Cross in the Shadow of the Holocaust (2017), published by Oxford University Press.

Nazis on the run

Historian Gerald Steinacher reported on the many Nazi war criminals that avoided capture following the end of World War II. The author examined the routes or ‘ratlines’ that were used for escape and questioned the role that the Vatican and the International Committee of the Red Cross had in allowing passage. Gerald Steinacher used many slides in his presentation and then responded to questions from members of the audience at The National World War II Museum in New Orleans.