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Omer Bartov

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Omer Bartov

Omer Bartov is the Samuel Pisar Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Brown University and the author of ten books. 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 (Palgrave Macmillan, 1985), and Hitler's Army (Oxford University Press, 1991). He then turned to the links between total war and genocide, discussed in his books Murder in Our Midst (Oxford University Press, 1996), Mirrors of Destruction (Oxford University Press, 2000), and Germany's War and the Holocaust (Cornell University Press, 2003). Bartov's interest in representation led to his study, The "Jew" in Cinema (Indiana University Press, 2005), which examines the recycling of antisemitic stereotypes in film.

His more recent work focuses on interethnic relations in the borderlands of Eastern Europe and Israel-Palestine. Recent publications include Erased: Vanishing Traces of Jewish Galicia in Present-Day Ukraine (Princeton University Press, 2007), Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz (Simon & Schuster, 2018), winner of the National Jewish Book Award, Tales from the Borderlands: Making and Unmaking the Galician Past (Yale University Press, 2022), and Genocide, The Holocaust, and Israel-Palestine: First-Person History in Times of Crisis (Bloomsbury Academic, 2023). His many edited volumes include Shatterzone of Empires: Coexistence and Violence in the German, Habsburg, Russian, and Ottoman Borderlands (Indiana University Press, 2013), Voices on War and Genocide: Three Accounts of the World Wars in a Galician Town (Berghahn Books, 2020), and Israel-Palestine: Lands and Peoples (Berghahn Books, 2021). Bartov published his novel, The Butterfly and the Axe (Amsterdam Publishers), in 2023.


  • Samuel Pisar Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Brown University
  • Local Affiliate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University