Barry C. Trachtenberg

Jewish history scholar studies the Holocaust, antisemitism, Yiddish culture and language

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Barry C. Trachtenberg

Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Department: History

Holocaust; Jewish history; antisemitism; Israel/Palestine, Yiddish

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Barry Trachtenberg is associate professor of History and director of the program in Judaic Studies. He was trained in Jewish history at the University of California, Los Angeles (Ph.D.), the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Oxford University (Post-graduate Diploma). His book, The Revolutionary Roots of Modern Yiddish, 1903-1917 (Syracuse University Press, 2008) examines the impact of the 1905 Russian Revolution on the formation of Yiddish scholarship. His current project, on an attempt to publish a comprehensive encyclopedia in the Yiddish language, considers the shifting agenda of Yiddish-language research and the ways that the Nazi Holocaust shaped Yiddish scholars and Diaspora Nationalists' understanding of their task. He is also currently writing a book "The United States and the Nazi Holocaust: Legacies of a Genocide" for Bloomsbury Press.

Trachtenberg was a fellow at the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan and a research fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial and Museum. He teaches classes on the Nazi Holocaust, antisemitism, modern and medieval Jewish history, and Jewish nationalism. In 2011, he co-led the Curt C. and Else Silberman Seminar for Faculty at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. In 2013 and 2014 he was an instructor at the Holocaust Educational Foundation's Annual Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization at Northwestern University.