Gerald J. Steinacher

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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, D.C.) and since then has worked closely with the Museum’s staff on research and teaching initiatives. He was a Research Fellow at the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem (Israel) in 2015 and a Distinguished Fellow at the Center for Holocaust Studies at the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich in 2018.

Dr. Steinacher’s research focuses on 20th Century European History with an emphasis on Holocaust, National Socialism, Italian Fascism, and intelligence studies. He has published three books, edited ten more, and written over fifty book chapters and journal articles on these topics. Dr. Steinacher’s 2011 book, Nazis on the Run: How Hitler's Henchmen Fled Justice, examines 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. His 2017-book Humanitarians at War: The Red Cross in the Shadow of the Holocaust 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 is currently writing his next monograph with the working title Forgive and Forget? Catholic Responses to the Nuremberg Trials and Denazification, 1945-1950. In it he explores profound questions of guilt and responsibility, which allows him to compare and contrast competing models of transitional justice. As such, the implications of his findings will not be limited to WWII and the Holocaust, but will extend to other instances of justice in the wake of war, mass violence, or genocide.

Dr. Steinacher teaches classes on the Holocaust, Modern Jewish History, Modern German History, History of Immigration, and Intelligence and Espionage History.

  • Humanitarians at War: The Red Cross in the Shadow of the Holocaust (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017).
  • Nazis on the Run: How Hitler's Henchmen Fled Justice (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).
  • Südtirol 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, Antisemitism, Intelligence History