Martin C. Dean, PhD



MA/PhD in European History at Queens’ College, Cambridge

PhD Thesis: “Austrian Policy during the French Revolutionary Wars, 1796-1799,” supervised by Prof. T.C.W. Blanning with assistance from Prof. M. Rachensteiner, and Prof. J. Steinberg. I spent one year in Vienna, one semester at the University of Bamberg and one semester in Munich conducting archival research. The Cambridge PhD Committee comprised Profs. T.C.W. Blanning and D.E.D. Beales, together with Prof. M. Duffy (Exeter University) as the external examiner.


BA in History, Queens’ College, Cambridge:

I took courses in British and European History, from the modern and medieval periods, including political, social, and economic aspects with Prof. T.C.W. Blanning, Prof. J. Steinberg, Prof. J.M. Winter, Prof. B. Bradshaw, Prof. P.F. Clarke, Prof. P. Spufford, and Prof. M. Goldie. I wrote a B.A. thesis on “Hermann Goering’s Foreign Policy, 1936-1939,” supervised by Prof. R.J. Overy and a Special Subject on “Italian Fascism” with Prof. J. Steinberg.


Professional Experience:

July 2018-present: Historical Consultant to the Simon Wiesenthal Center conducting archival research in German language collections in Washington, DC.


2017-present: Historical Consultant to the Babi Yar Holocaust Memorial Center. Living in Washington DC, I serve on the BYHMC Scientific Committee, drafting and editing text for the Center’s Historical Narrative, which was completed in October 2018. As a consultant I prepare and edit text for the BYHMC website, and conduct photographic and other historical research in preparation for a large-scale Holocaust exhibition. Among the tasks of the Scientific Committee are defining the BYHMC’s main message and ensuring historical accuracy.


2017-present: Historical Consultant to Small Footprint Films. I have conducted research in collections of war crimes trials, video testimonies, and photographs. I have also given an on-camera interview for Justin Kenny’s forthcoming Holocaust-based film documentary, The Boy from Serniki.


2016-2017: Historical Consultant to Ark-Media, providing historical research services for the PBS documentary series “Finding Your Roots.”


1998-2016: Applied Research Scholar, Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington DC: I conducted archival research, published papers on various aspects of the Holocaust, and won a National Jewish Book Award for my monograph Robbing the Jews. I served as editor of Volume 2 of the USHMM Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos: Ghettos in German-Occupied Eastern Europe, which documented more than 1,000 ghettos in Eastern Europe, thereby assisting surviors to get compensation from the German government. In this position, I was in charge of a team of researchers, scholarly contributors, and translators, which produced around 25,000 words of completed text per month.


1997-1998: Pearl Resnick Visiting Fellow, CAHS, USHMM, completed manuscript for the book: Collaboration in the Holocaust.


1996-1998: Historical Expert Witness in two successful Nazi war crimes trials for German Prosecutors (Staatsanwälte) in Dortmund and Stuttgart.

1992-1997: Senior Historian, Metropolitan Police War Crimes Unit, New Scotland Yard: I directed archival research in numerous archives (including former KGB archives), investigating more than 100 allegations of war crimes; I prepared two cases for criminal prosecution in London, submitting thousands of pages of historical documentation to the court in support of the testimony of expert witness Prof. Christopher Browning.


1991-1992: Historical Researcher, Australian Special Investigations Unit (War Crimes): I conducted research in post-Soviet and German Archives and gave evidence as an expert witness in two Australian war crimes proceedings.


1989-1991: Historical Researcher for Cambridge University History Faculty on “Capital Cities during World War I,” based in Berlin, working in East and West German archives.


1988-1989: Historical Researcher, Home Office War Crimes Inquiry, London: I prepared the draft for Chapter Four of the Report of the War Crimes Inquiry.





Martin Dean, Volume Editor, The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933—1945, vol. II, Ghettos in German-Occupied Eastern Europe (Bloomington: Indiana University Press in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 2012) 2013pp.


Robbing the Jews: The Confiscation of Jewish Property in the Holocaust, 1933-1945 (New York: Cambridge University Press in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 2008)


Martin Dean, Constantin Goschler and Philipp Ther, eds., Robbery and Restitution: The Conflict over Jewish Property in Europe (New York, Oxford: Berghahn in cooperation with the USHMM, 2007)


Collaboration in the Holocaust: Crimes of the Local Police in Belorussia and Ukraine, 1941-44 (London and New York: Macmillan and St. Martin’s, 2000), also published in Russian as Posobniki Kholokosta (St. Petersburg: Akademicheskii Proekt, 2008) and in French as Voisins et bourreaux: Le genocide en Biélorussie et en Ukraine (Paris: Calman-lévy, 2012)


Austrian Policy during the French Revolutionary Wars, 1796-1799 (Vienna: Military Historical Institute, 1993)



“Survivors of the Holocaust within the Nazi Universe of Camps,” in Hilary Earl and Simone Gigliotti, eds., The Wiley-Blackwell Companion on the Holocaust (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming 2019)

“A Day in the Life of Ivan Konstantinovich, Defendant then Cooperating Witness,” Victoria Khiterer, ed., Holocaust and Genocide: Trials and Aftermath (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars, forthcoming 2019)


“Jewish Survival in Forced Labor Camps for Jews: The Agricultural Camps in Czortkow County of Eastern Galicia, 1942-1944,” in Paul B. Jaskot and Alexandra Garbarini, eds., Lessons & Legacies, Vol. 13, The Holocaust in Social History, Representation, and Theory (Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2018), pp. 112-140


“Jews Sent into the Occupied Soviet Territories for Labour Deployment, 1942–1943,” in David Stahel and Alex J. Kay, eds., Mass Violence in Nazi-Occupied Europe: New Debates and Perspectives (Bloomington, IN: Indiana UP, 2018), pp. 41-58


“Strategies for Jewish Survival in Ghettos and Forced Labor Camps,” in Victoria Khiterer, ed., Resistance to the Holocaust (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars, 2017), pp. 38-49


“Robbery in the Netherlands,” in Peter Hayes, ed., How Was It Possible? A Holocaust Reader (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2015), pp. 410-424


“Generalkommissariat Weissruthenien and the Military Occupied Territories of Eastern Belorussia and Russia: Ghetto Labor Policies between Genocidal Aims and Military-Economic Needs, 1941-1943,” in Jürgen Hensel and Stephan Lehnstaedt, eds., Arbeit in den nationalsozialistischen Ghettos (Osnabrück: fibre, 2013), pp. 257-272


“Regional Patterns of Ghettoization in the Annexed and Occupied Territories of the Third Reich,” in Imke Hansen, Katrin Steffen, and Joachim Tauber, eds., Lebenswelt Ghetto: Alltag und soziales Umfeld während der nationalsozialistischen Verfolgung (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2013), pp. 37-51


“Ghettos,” in Peter Hayes and John K. Roth, The Oxford Handbook of Holocaust Studies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), pp. 340-353


“Lebensbedingungen, Zwangsarbeit und Überlebenskampf in den kleinen Ghettos: Fallstudien aus den Generalkommissariaten Weissruthenien und Wolhynien-Podolien,” in Christoph Dieckmann und Babette Quinkert, eds., Im Ghetto, 1939-1945: Neue Forschungen zu Alltag und Umfeld (Beiträge zur Geschichte des Nationalsozialismus, 25 (Göttingen: Wallstein, 2009): 54-73


„Die sowjetische und die deutsche Besatzung in Ostpolen aus jüdischer Sicht,“ in Polen unter deutscher und sowjetischer Besatzung 1939-1945, ed., Jacek Andrzej Młynarczyk (Osnabrück: Fibre, 2009), pp. 307-318


“Soviet Ethnic Germans and the Holocaust in the Reich Commissariat Ukraine, 1941-1944,” in Ray Brandon and Wendy Lower, eds., The Shoah in Ukraine: History, Testimony, Memorialization (Bloomington IN: Indiana UP, 2008), pp. 248-271


“Holocaust Research and Generational Change: Regional and Local Studies since the Cold War,” in Doris Bergen, ed., Lessons and Legacies, Volume VIII (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2008), pp. 203-221


„Geplündert, verwaltet und verkauft: Die Enteignung der Juden in der besetzten Sowjetunion,“ in Katharina Stengel, ed., Vor der Vernichtung: Die staatliche Enteignung der Juden im Nationalsozialismus (Frankfurt am Main: Campus, 2007), pp. 308-327


“Gospodarka wyzysku: ‘warunki życia’ w gettach na Kresach Wschodnich,” in Zagłada Żydów: Studia i Materiały (Warsaw, 2007) no. 3: 114-131


“La spoliation des ‘biens juifs’ dans le commissariat general des Territoires de l’Est (1941-1944),” in Revue d’histoire de la Shoah (Janvier/Juin 2007) no. 186: 393-409


“Les Conseils juifs en Pologne orientale et en Union sovietique sous l’occupation allemande,” in Revue d’histoire de la Shoah (Juillet/Decembre 2006) no. 185: 291-308


“Schutzmannschaften in Ukraine and Belarus: Profiles of Local Police Collaborators,” in Dagmar Herzog, ed., Lessons and Legacies VII: The Holocaust in International Perspective (Evanston Ill.: Northwestern UP, 2006), pp. 219-232

“The Role of Law in the Seizure of Jewish Property in Nazi-Occupied Eastern Europe,” in Ralf Banken and Johannes Bähr, eds., „Das Europa des ‚Dritten Reichs’“ (Frankfurt am Main: Klostermann, 2005), pp. 81-104


“Where Did All the Collaborators Go?” Slavic Review 64, no. 4 (Winter 2005): 793-798


“Soviet War Crimes Lists and their Role in the Investigation of Nazi War Criminals in the West, 1987-2000,” published in Alfred Gottwaldt, Norbert Kampe, and Peter Klein eds., NS-Gewaltherrschaft: Beiträge zur historischen Forschung und juristischen Aufarbeitung (Berlin: Hentrich, 2005) Publikationen der Gedenk- und Bildungsstätte Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz, Band 11, pp. 456-470

“Poles in the German Local Police in Eastern Poland and their Role in the Holocaust,” in Polin, vol. 18 (2005): 353-366


“Local Collaboration in the Holocaust in Eastern Europe,” in Dan Stone, ed., The Historiography of the Holocaust (London: Palgrave, 2004), pp. 120-140


“Microcosm: Collaboration and Resistance during the Holocaust in the Mir Rayon of Belarus, 1941-1944,” in Collaboration and Resistance during the Holocaust: Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, eds. D. Gaunt, P.A. Levine, and L. Palosuo (Bern: Peter Lang, 2004), pp. 223-260


“Il processo di arianizzazione in Germania. Le imprese multinazionali ebraiche e il trasferimento di capitali all’estero,” in Pasato e Presente, Numero 59 – maggio/agosto (2003): 99-122


“Polen in der einheimischen Hilfspolizei. Ein Aspekt der Besatzungsrealität in den deutsch besetzten ostpolnischen Gebieten,” in Bernhard Chiari, ed., Die polnische Heimatarmee. Geschichte und Mythos der Armia Krajowa seit dem Zweiten Weltkrieg (Munich: Oldenbourg, 2003), pp. 355-368


“The Development and Implementation of Nazi Denaturalization and Confiscation Policy up to the Eleventh Decree to the Reich Citizenship Law of November 25, 1941,” in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Volume 16, No. 2 (Fall 2002): 217-242

“Jewish Property Seized in the Occupied Soviet Union in 1941 and 1942: The Records of the Reichshauptkasse Beutestelle,” Research Note in Holocaust and Genocide Studies Vol. 14, No. 2 (Spring 2000): 83-101


“Seizure, Registration, Rental and Sale: The Strange Case of the German Administration of Jewish Moveable Property in Latvia (1941-1944)” in Latvia in World War II: Materials of an International Conference, 14-15 June 1999, Riga (Riga, 2000), pp. 372-381


Jon Lawrence, Martin Dean, and Jean-Louis Robert, “The Outbreak of War and the Urban Economy: Paris, Berlin, and London in 1914,” in The Economic History Review, Vol. XLV, No. 3 (August 1992), republished in Jay Winter and Jean-Louis Robert, eds., Capital Cities at War: London, Paris, Berlin 1914-1919 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997), pp. 135-163


“The German Gendarmerie, the Ukrainian Schutzmannschaft and the ‘Second Wave’ of Jewish Killings in Occupied Ukraine: German Policing at the Local Level in the Zhitomir Region, 1941-44,” in German History Vol. 14, No. 2 (1996): 168-192


“The Choice between War and Peace: the Austrian Political Crisis of August 1796,” in Mitteilungen des Österreichischen Staatsarchivs, 42 (1992): 229-263


“Auschwitz,” in John Campbell, ed., The Experience of World War II (London: Harrap, 1989)


Book Reviews:

Review of Guenter Lewy, Perpetrators: The World of the Holocaust Killers (Oxford: OUP, 2017) in Antisemitism Studies, Vol. 2, No. 2 (Fall 2018): 365-369


Review of Kiril Feferman, The Holocaust in Crimea and the North Caucasus (Jerusalem: Yad Vashem, 2016) in The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review (2018), 1-3


Review of David Cesarani, Final Solution: The Fate of the Jews 1933-1949 (New York: St. Martins, 2016) in Zagłada Żydów: Studia i Materiały, nr. 13 (2017): 769-771


Review of Leonid Rein, The Kings and the Pawns: Collaboration in Byelorussia during World War II (New York: Berghahn, 2011) in Slavic Review vol. 72 no. 3 (Fall 2012): 703-704


Review of Barbara Engelking, Jacek Leociak, The Warsaw Ghetto: A Guide to the Perished City, trans. Emma Harris (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009) in German History (2011)


Martin Dean Reads The Unknown Black Book: The Holocaust in the German-Occupied Soviet Territories, edited by Joshua Rubenstein and Ilya Altman, published in amnesty international (spring 2008)


Review of Götz Aly, Hitlers Volksstaat: Raub, Rassenkrieg und nationaler Sozialismus (Frankfurt am Main: S. Fischer, 2005) in Holocaust and Genocide Studies vol. 20, no. 3 (Winter 2006): 505-508


Review of Tatjana Tönsmeyer, Das Dritte Reich und die Slowakei, 1939-1945: Politischer Alltag zwischen Kooperation und Eigensinn (Paderborn: Ferdinand Schöningh, 2003) published in American Historical Review (June 2005): 893


Review of Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung, ed., Verbrechen der Wehrmacht: Dimensionen des Vernichtungskrieges 1941-1944 (Ausstellungskatalog) (Hamburg: Hamburger Edition, 2002), in German History, Vol. 23, No. 1 (2005): 131-132


Review of Christoph Dieckmann/Babette Quinkert/Tatjana Tönsmeyer, eds., Kooperation und Verbrechen: Formen der “Kollaboration” im östlichen Europa 1939-1945, Beiträge zur Geschichte des Nationalsozialismus, Bd. 19, (Göttingen: Wallstein, 2003) in: sehepunkte 4 (2004), Nr. 10 [15.10.2004],



Review of the book by John Authers and Richard Wolffe, The Victim’s Fortune: Inside the Epic Battle over the Debts of the Holocaust (New York: HarperCollins, 2002). The review was published in International Relations (Fall 2002), the journal of the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London


Review of Christian Gerlach, Kalkulierte Morde: Die deutsche Wirtschafts- und Vernichtungspolitik in Weissrussland 1941 bis 1944 (Hamburg: Hamburger Edition, 1999) published in German History, Vol. 19, No. 3 (2001)


“The Plundering of Jewish Property in Europe: Five Recent Publications Documenting the Process of Property Seizure and Restitution in Germany, Belgium, Norway and Belarus.” Extended Review Essay published in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (2001)


Review of Lawrence Sondhaus, The Naval Policy of Austria-Hungary, 1867-1918: Navalism, Industrial Development, and the Politics of Dualism (West Lafeyette, Indiana: Purdue UP, 1993) in Germany History (1995), 13 (3): 413-414


Conference Presentations:

“One Day in the Life of Ivan Konstantinovich, Defendant then Cooperating Witness,” presentation given at 35th Conference on the Holocaust and Genocide at Millersville University, April 11-13, 2018.


“Jewish Resistance and Survival: Between Ghettos, Forced Labor Camps, or Hiding,” presentation given at the Silberman Seminar for Training Faculty Members in Holocaust Studies, USHMM, in June 2016.


“The Holocaust in the Baltic States: Spatial, Temporal, and Social Perspectives,” paper given at the International Symposium: “The Holocaust in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania” hosted by the Mémorial de la Shoah, Paris, June 4, 2015.


“Strategies for Jewish Survival in Forced Labor Camps: A Study of 30 Forced Labor Camps for Jews (ZALfJs) in Kreis Czortkow, Distrikt Galizien, 1942-1944,” presentation given at the Lesson and Legacies Biannual Conference, organized by the Holocaust Education Foundation, in November 2014.


“Displaced War Crimes Trials: The Investigation and Prosecution of Nazi War Criminals from the Soviet Union in Australia, Great Britain, and Germany, 1987-1999,” presentation given at the International Symposium on War Crimes Trials and the Soviet Union held in Berlin, June 2014.


“Strategies for Jewish Survival in Ghettos and Forced Labor Camps,” presentation given at the Annual Holocaust Conference in Millersville, PA, April 2014.


“The Challenges and Significance of Research on Decentralized Camps,” presentation given at the Workshop on “Decentralized Camps” in Innsbruck, Austria, October 17, 2013.


“Jewish Resistance in the Forced Labor Camps for Jews in the Warthegau and in Distrikt Galizien: A Tale of Two Cemeteries,” presentation given at the Conference on Jewish Resistance hosted by the University of Potsdam in Berlin, April 2013.


“The USHMM Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933-1945: New Findings on Camps and Ghettos in the Occupied Territories of the Soviet Union,” presentation given at the Moscow Conference on “The Holocaust and World War II in the Soviet Union,” December 9, 2012.


“Micro-history as Macro-history: Understanding the History of the Holocaust from the Bottom Up – A Case Study of 1,142 ghettos,” presentation given at the Conference in Paris on “The Microhistory of the Holocaust,” December 7, 2012.


“Researching Jewish Survivors of Ghettos and Forced Labor Camps,” paper given at the ASEEES Conference in Washington, DC, November 17, 2011.


“Describing Ghettos and Camps in the Occupied Soviet Territories: Definitions, Typologies, and Key Distinctions,” given at the Symposium in Paris on “Nazi Camps in the Occupied Soviet Territories,” co-sponsored by the USHMM and Yahad-in-Unum, September 2011.


“German Ghettoization in Occupied Ukraine: Regional Patterns and Sources,” paper given at the international conference on “The Holocaust in Ukraine: New Sources and Perspectives,” Paris, October 1-3, 2007.


“The Holocaust in Postwar Investigations and Trials Concerning Events in the Town of Domachevo, Belarus,” paper given at Yad Vashem’s Conference commemorating 60 years since the Nuremberg Trial, Jerusalem, December 21, 2006.


“Preparing an Encyclopedia of Ghettos: Numbers, Types, and Essential Characteristics of Ghettos under German Administration,” presentation at Lessons and Legacies IX in Claremont Mckenna, November 2006.


“Economy of Exploitation: ‘Living Conditions’ in the Ghettos of German-Occupied Eastern Poland (kresy wschodnie),” presentation at a workshop at the University of Ottawa hosted by Professor Jan Grabowski, September 2006.


“More than just Neighbors: Confrontations between Jews and Gentiles in a Genocidal Relationship,” presentation given at the conference “Beyond Numbers, Beyond Names: The Experience of Holocaust Victims,” held at Younsgtown State University, Ohio, April 2006.


“The Soviet and German occupations of Eastern Poland from the Jewish perspective,” presentation given at the conference entitled “Poland under German and Soviet Occupation, 1939-1945,” organized by the German Historical Institute (DHI) and the Institute for National Remembrance (IPN) in Poznań, February 24-26, 2005.


“Holocaust Research and Generational Change: The Impact of New Regional and Local Studies since the End of the Cold War,” presentation at the Lessons and Legacies Conference, Brown University, November 5, 2004.


“The Holocaust and the Battle for Moscow in the Winter of 1941-42,” presentation given at the German Studies Association Conference, October 8, 2004.


“The Seizure of Jewish Property and Assets Across Europe: A Comparative Perspective,” paper given at Millersville University’s 24th Annual Conference on the Holocaust, March 27-29, 2004.


“Life and Death in 1,000 Jewish Ghettos in Nazi-occupied Europe,” paper presented at the “Gray Zones” conference at Claremont Mckenna College, February 2004.


“The ‘Local Police’ in Nazi-occupied Belarus and Ukraine as the ‘ideal type’ of collaboration: in practice, in the interrogations of its members and in the verdicts of the courts,” paper presented at the conference hosted by the Nord Ost Institut in Lüneburg on November 15, 2003.


“From Emigration to Deportation: Co-operation and Rivalry between the Financial Administration and the Security Police in the Confiscation of Jewish Assets, 1938-1943,”

presentation given at the German Studies Association conference in Washington, DC, October 7, 2001.


“Co-operation and Rivalry: Civil and Police Authorities and the Confiscation of Jewish Assets in the Reich and the Occupied Soviet Territories,” paper given at the conference on “Networks of Persecution” held at the University of Konstanz, September 24-26, 2000.


“Jewish Forced Labor in the Ghettos of Reich Commissariats Ostland and Ukraine, 1941-43,” presentation given at the Buchenwald workshop, “Begriffe und Daten in der Zwangsarbeiterfrage,” July 1999.


Public Presentations:

“The Investigation of Nazi War Crimes Conducted by Scotland Yard,” audio-visual lecture given at the Police Training Seminar on “The Police and the Holocaust,” at Indiana University, Pennsylvania, October 2018.


“Bringing Justice to Nazi War Criminals: An Inside View of Special Investigations,” presentation sponsored by the John Mills Turner Distinguished Chair in the Humanities, Lynchburg College, September 13, 2017.


“The Nazi Universe of Camps and Its Role in the Holocaust,” University of Delaware, March 22, 2016 and Indiana University, Pennsylvania, April, 2016.


“Collaboration and Justice: The Prosecution of Nazi War Criminals from the Soviet Union,” University of Ohio, Athens OH, April 2015.


„Schicksalswege durch das verzahnte Netzwerk der 42.000 NS-Ghettos und Lager,“ presentation given at the Dokumentationszentrum NS-Zwangsarbeit, Berlin-Schöneweide, March 2014.


“New Findings from the USHMM Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos,” presentation given at Harvard University, October 29, Brandeis University, October 30, and Rutgers University, November 20, 2013.


“Forced Labor Camps for Jews: New Research and Jewish Responses,” presentation given at the University of Hartford in Hartford Connecticut, October 28, 2013.


“Separate Jewish Residential Districts – Documenting the Universe of Nazi Ghettos,” presentation at the Museum of Texas Tech. University, Lubbock, Texas, April 28, 2011.


“Jewish Property and the European Holocaust, 1933-1945,” presentation at the seminar of the IHTP and the CRIA in Paris, January 2006.


“The Role of the Financial Administration in the Confiscation of Jewish Property by the Third Reich,” presentation to the AHMOC seminar in Paris, January 2006.


“Looting, Administration, and Sale: the Bureaucratic Exploitation of Jewish property in the Occupied East,” conference presentation given in Berlin on September 10, 2005.


“Following the Paper Trail: The Holocaust in Domachevo, Belarus, in the records of Polish, German, Soviet and British war crimes investigations,” presentation at UC Berkeley on April 6, 2005.

“Prosecuting Holocaust Crimes in Europe: The Case of the Metropolitan Police War Crimes Unit in the United Kingdom,” presentation at the USHMM Tribute to the US Office of Special Investigations (OSI), October 25, 2004.


“The Nazi System of Property Expropriation in the Greater German Reich: New Research Findings for the period 1938 to 1941,” paper given at the USHMM on April 20, 2004.


“Ghettos in the Occupied Soviet Union: The Nazi ‘System,’” presentation given at the Symposium “The Holocaust in the Soviet Union” at the USHMM on November 6, 2003.


“Der Raub jüdischen Eingentums in Europa: Vergleichende Aspekte der nationalsozialistischen Methoden und der lokalen Reaktionen,” paper presented at the Institut für Zeitgeschichte, Munich, July 10, 2003.


“The Role of Law in the Seizure of Jewish Property in Nazi-Occupied Eastern Europe,” presentation at the Max-Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt am Main on July 7, 2003.


“The Blocking of Jewish Bank Accounts by the Third Reich, 1936-1943,” paper presented at the University of Hanover, July 2003.


“Receiving Stolen Property: the Role of Private Companies and the Neutral States in the Confiscation of Jewish Assets during the Third Reich,” presentation at the German Studies Association conference in San Diego, California, October 2002.


“The Confiscation of Jewish Property during the Third Reich, 1933-45,” presentation given to the Association of Holocaust Organizations in Baltimore and at the University of Vermont, Center for Holocaust Studies, June 2002.


“The Economic Final Solution: A Comparative Study of ‘Aryanization’ and Confiscation Policies in Austria, Germany, and the Netherlands, 1938-1943,” presentation given at the Netherlands State Institute for War Documentation (NIOD), September 6, 2001.


„Die Entwicklung der staatlichen Massnahmen zur Einziehung des jüdischen Vermögens im Dritten Reich, 1933-1945,“ presentation at the Fritz Bauer Institut in Frankfurt am Main, September 27, 2000.


„Die Mörder von Nebenan: Zur Rolle der einheimischen Polizei in den deutschen Genozid in Weissrussland und in der Ukraine, 1941-1944,“ presentation given at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research in June 1999 and the Technische Universität, Berlin, April 12, 2000.


“The Confiscation of Jewish Securities by the Third Reich, 1938-45,” presentation given at the USHMM on March 2, 2000.


“The German Exploitation of Jewish Property in Reichskommissariat Ostland, 1941-1944,” presentation given at the USHMM, December, 1999.


“Collaboration in the Holocaust,” presentation at the USHMM, September 23, 1999.


Awards and Distinctions:

National Jewish Book Award for “Writing based on Archival Material” given to Martin Dean for Robbing the Jews: The Confiscation of Jewish Property in the Holocaust, 1933-1945 (New York: Cambridge University Press in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 2008)

USHMM Team Achievement Award for the Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos

Pearl Resnick Fellowship awarded by the USHMM

Austrian Cultural Institute Scholarship to work on PhD in Vienna

DAAD Scholarship to work on PhD in archives in Bamberg and Munich

Entrance Exam Scholarship in History awarded by Queens’ College, Cambridge


Courses Taught:



Cambridge University History Faculty, undergraduate supervisor in Modern European History


Georgetown University, and American University, Washington DC, taught undergraduate classes for courses on German and Holocaust history


Indiana University, Pennsylvania, lectured to police cadets at IUP for a course on “Policing and the Holocaust”


Royal Holloway College and University College, London, honorary fellowships, presenting lectures on the Holocaust as part of courses on Modern European History



USHMM, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, presented regularly at the Silberman Seminar on Teaching the Holocaust, aimed at training university faculty; supervised and mentored more than 20 graduate research assistants and interns conducting scholarly work at the USHMM; regularly moderated fellows meetings and other scholarly panels and presentations, commenting and advising graduate students on their research and writing


Addressed research seminars at UC Berkeley, Harvard, and Brandeis



Rhos-on Sea, Wales, taught English as a Foreign Language


USHMM, coordinated the Yiddish reading class



Member of the Board of the Friends of the Goethe Institute, Washington, DC


Election judge in Montgomery County, Maryland




English – native speaker

German – fluent (including eighteenth-century manuscripts)

Yiddish – can read and translate printed texts

French – good reading skills


Professional Memberships Present and Past

Member of the Scientific Committee, Babi Yar Holocaust Memorial Center

German Studies Association

American Historical Association

Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Holocaust Education Foundation



Hilary Earl

Professor of German History, Nipissing University, Canada



Antony Polonsky

Professor emeritus of Holocaust Studies, Brandeis University, MA



Brian E. Crim

Assistant Professor of History, John M. Turner Chair in the Humanities, University of Lynchburg, VA