Omer Bartov, Ph.D.
Sara and Asa Shapiro Scholar in Residence

Professor Bartov is the John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History and Professor of German Studies at Brown University. His research has ranged from studies of the Wehrmacht (German Army) during World War II to the links between total war and genocide. Bartov’s latest research focuses interethnic relations in Eastern Europe. 

At the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research, Professor Bartov gave a lecture on how the East Galician town of Buczacz was transformed from a site of coexistence, where Poles, Ukrainians, and Jews had lived side-by-side for centuries, into a site of genocide. In his lecture, Bartov addresses questions such as: What were the reasons for this instance of communal violence, what were its dynamics, and why has it been erased from the local memory? 

As leading scholar in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Professor Bartov has earned many research awards and honors, including being inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2005 and earning a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (2003-2004). He is also the author of seven books and the editor of three volumes. His books include Hitler's Army: Soldiers, Nazis, and War in the Third ReichMirrors of Destruction: War, Genocide, and Modern Identity; and Erased: Vanishing Traces of Jewish Galicia in Present-Day Ukraine