Gerald J. Steinacher

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Associate Professor of History and Hymen Rosenberg Professor of Judaic Studies History (402) 472-2414 628 Oldfather Hall


Gerald Steinacher received a Ph.D. in History and an M.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Innsbruck (Austria). He comes to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from Harvard University, where he was the Joseph A. Schumpeter Fellow at the Center for European Studies. In 2006 Dr. Steinacher was a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (Washington, DC) and since then has worked closely with the Museum’s staff on research and teaching initiatives. In the fall of 2015 he was a Research Fellow at the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem (Israel).

Dr. Steinacher’s research focuses on 20th Century European History with emphasis on Italian Fascism, National Socialism, Holocaust and intelligence studies. He has published three books, edited nine volumes, and written a large number of book chapters and journal articles on these topics. Dr. Steinacher’s most recent book, Nazis on the Run: How Hitler's Henchmen Fled Justice, examined the post-war fate of Nazis and Holocaust perpetrators and the institutions facilitating their escape from Europe. The book was published by Oxford University Press in 2011 and has been translated in several languages. It was awarded the 2011 National Jewish Book Award in the Holocaust category.

Dr. Steinacher is currently working on a project, which examines the lessons learned by the Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross from its handling of the Holocaust, and the ensuing policy changes regarding genocide and victims of war. Dr. Steinacher teaches classes on the Holocaust, Modern German History, Modern Jewish History and Intelligence and Espionage History.

  • Steinacher, Gerald, Nazis on the Run: How Hitler's Henchmen Fled Justice (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).
  • Steinacher, Gerald. Suedtirol und die Geheimdienste 1943-1945 (Vienna: Studienverlag, 2000).

Ph.D. in History, University of Innsbruck, 1999
M.A. in History and Political Sciences, University of Innsbruck, 1995

Central European History, Italian History, Holocaust, Jewish History, Intelligence History