Professor Bartov is considered one of the world's leading authorities on the subject of genocide. He is the author of seven books and the editor of three volumes; his work has been translated into several languages. His most recent book, Erased: Vanishing Traces of Jewish Galicia in Present-Day Ukraine (Princeton, 2007), examines the politics of memory in Western Ukraine and erasure of both the memory and the few material remains of Jewish culture there.
Born in Israel and educated at Tel Aviv University and St. Antony's College, Oxford, Omer Bartov began his scholarly work with research on the Nazi indoctrination of the German Wehrmacht under the Third Reich and the crimes it committed during the war in the Soviet Union. This was the main concern of his first two books, The Eastern Front, 1941-1945, and Hitler's Army. He then went on study the links between World War I and the genocidal policies of World War II, as well as the complex relationship between violence, representation, and identity in the twentieth century. His books Murder in Our Midst, Mirrors of Destruction, and Germany's War and the Holocaust, have all been preoccupied with various aspects of these questions. Bartov's interest in representation also culminated in his monograph, The "Jew" in Cinema, which examines the recycling of antisemitic stereotypes in European, American, and Israeli films. His most recent book, Erased: Vanishing Traces of Jewish Galicia in Present-Day Ukraine, indicates the new direction of his research on interethnic relations in the borderlands of Eastern Europe. The framework for this research was created in the multi-year collaborative project led by Bartov at the Watson Institute for International Studies, titled "Borderlands: Ethnicity, Identity, and Violence in the Shatter-Zone of Empires since 1848." Selected papers from the project will be published in a forthcoming volume. Bartov is currently on leave with an NEH Fellowship writing his new book, Blood Brothers: Buczacz, Biography of a Town.
OMER BARTOV, BA, D.Phil.
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Fellowship will help Bartov explore history of Buczacz (GSJ of May 31, 2002)
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