Barry Trachtenberg
Barry Trachtenberg
The Michael H. and Deborah K. Rubin Presidential Chair of Jewish History
Office: Tribble B-1
Phone: 336.758.2512
Region: United States, Europe
Theme: Cultural and Intellectual History, Religion and Society, Jewish History


The Michael R. and Deborah K. Rubin Presidential Chair of Jewish History, Associate Professor in the Department of History, and Director of the Program in Jewish Studies, I 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) and also hold degrees from the University of Vermont (M.A. in U.S. history) and Rowan University of New Jersey (B.A. in English). From 2003-2016, I was on the faculty at the University at Albany, SUNY. I also serve on the Board of Scholars of Facing History and Ourselves and the Academic Council of the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University. I serve on the Academic Advisory Boards of both Jewish Voice for Peace and Open Hillel.

I am the author of two books. The United States and the Holocaust: Race, Refuge, and Remembrance (Bloomsbury Press, 2018) weaves together a vast body of scholarly literature to bring students of the Holocaust an overview of this complex and often controversial topic. It demonstrates that the United States’ response to the rise of Nazism, the refugee crisis it provoked, the Holocaust itself, and its aftermath were—and remain to this day—intricately linked to the ever-shifting racial, economic, and social status of American Jewry. 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.

I am currently writing a book tentatively entitled “‘Bible for the New Age’: The Nazi Holocaust and the Exile of Yiddish,” which is an examination of the only attempt to publish a comprehensive encyclopedia in the Yiddish language and considers a broad range of historiographical questions on the shifting agenda of Yiddish-language research and the ways that the Nazi Holocaust shaped Jewish historians’ understanding of their task.

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History 102: Europe and the World in the Modern Era
History 235: European Jewry from the Middle Ages to the Present
History 236: The Nazi Holocaust I (to 1941): Rise of Nazism, Jewish Responses, Global Reaction
History 237: The Nazi Holocaust II (from 1941): War, Genocide, and Aftermath
History 239: American Jewish History
History 320: Write and Record! Diaries & Memoirs of the Nazi Holocaust
History 321: Zionism, Palestine, and Israel in Historical Perspective

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Articles and Essays

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