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Omer Bartov

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Omer Bartov

Omer Bartov is the John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History at Brown University. His early research concerned the Nazi indoctrination of the Wehrmacht and the crimes it committed in World War II, analyzed in his books, The Eastern Front, 1941-1945 (1985) and Hitler’s Army (1991). He then turned to the links between total war and genocide, discussed in Murder in Our Midst (1996), Mirrors of Destruction (2000), and Germany’s War and the Holocaust (2003). Bartov's interest in representation also led to his study, The “Jew” in Cinema (2005), which examines the recycling of antisemitic stereotypes in film. For the better part of the last two decades, Bartov has researched interethnic coexistence and violence in Eastern Europe’s borderlands. This culminated in his book Erased: Vanishing Traces of Jewish Galicia in Present-Day Ukraine (2007), which investigates interethnic relations and the current politics of memory in that region, and in his most recent monograph, Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz (2018), which has won the National Jewish Book Award, the Ninth Annual Zócalo Book Award, and the annual Ab Imperio Award. Bartov is also the editor of several volumes, including (with Eric Weitz) Shatterzone of Empires (2013). In 2015-18 he directed the project “Israel-Palestine: Lands and Peoples,” at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs and has begun researching a new book tentatively titled Israel, Palestine: A Personal Political History.


  • John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History, Department of History, Brown University
  • Local Affiliate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University