Gerald J. Steinacher is a Professor of History and the Rosenberg Professor of Jewish 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 Dr. Steinacher was a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (Washington, D.C.) and since then has worked closely with the Museum’s staff on research and teaching initiatives. In 2015 Steinacher was a Research Fellow at the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem/Israel and in 2018 Distinguished Fellow at the Center for Holocaust Studies at the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich.

His research contributes to our understanding of global contemporary history, especially in the areas of international migration and intelligence history, the Holocaust (perpetrator research) and memory culture/Vergangenheitspolitik, and the legacy of authoritarian and totalitarian regimes (with an emphasis on Fascism, National Socialism and Communism). In recent years, Steinacher’s work has been increasingly informed and theoretically embedded in the global interdisciplinary research field of transitional justice. To date, he has published four monographs, nine edited volumes and a large number of articles and book chapters on these topics.

Steinacher’s 2011 book, Nazis on the Run: How Hitler’s Henchmen Fled Justice, examines the post-war fate of Nazis and Holocaust perpetrators and the institutions facilitating their escape from Europe. The book was published by Oxford University Press in 2011 and has been translated in several languages. It was awarded the 2011 National Jewish Book Award in the Holocaust category. His 2017 book Humanitarians at War: The Red Cross in the Shadow of the Holocaust examines the lessons learned by the Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross from its handling of the Holocaust, and the ensuing policy changes regarding genocide and victims of war. His research has repeatedly been featured in The Washington PostThe Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Jerusalem Post and the German weekly Der Spiegel among others.

Steinacher’s current research project is entitled Forgive and Forget: Catholic Responses to Nuremberg Trials and Denazification 1945-1955. It examines the attitude of the Catholic Church leadership towards the de-nazification of Germany and the “defascization” (epurazione) of Italy in the first post-war decade. It analyzes church alternatives to transitional justice as a way of dealing with guilt and responsibility after World War II and the Holocaust.

In addition to teaching about the history of antisemitism, Steinacher has become increasingly more interested in research on this topic. He is currently co-editing the book Antisemitism: From the 1930s to Today, which will be published with the University of Nebraska Press next year. In addition, he is writing a large comparative study on the increase of antisemitism in Europe and the U.S. for an edited volume on racism published in Routledge’s Approaches to History series.

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