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Dr Waitman Beorn

Assistant Professor

Department: Humanities

Dr. Waitman Wade Beorn is a Senior Lecturer in History at Northumbria University in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.  Dr. Beorn was previously the Director of the Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond, VA and the inaugural Blumkin Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.  His first book, Marching Into Darkness: The Wehrmacht and the Holocaust in Belarus (Harvard University Press) Dr. Beorn is also the author of The Holocaust in Eastern Europe: At the Epicenter of the Final Solution (Bloomsbury Press, 2018) and has recently finished a book on the Janowska concentration camp outside of Lviv, Ukraine, tentatively entitled Between the Wires: The Janowska Camp and the Holocaust in Lviv.  His next research project is The Revenants: The Postwar Lives of Nazi Perpetrators.

 Dr. Beorn has published work in Holocaust and Genocide StudiesCentral European HistoryGerman Studies Review, Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and HistoryPolitics and Governance, and the Geographical Review in addition to chapters in several edited volumes.  He has been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright Foundation, Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, and Claims Conference fellowships. He is also active in the digital humanities.  

As a public-facing scholar, Dr. Beorn has published pieces in the Washington Post, The New Republic, and The Forward.  He has also appeared on MSNBC, CNNRichard French Live on WRNN, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and TRT. He is an active contributor to public history and engagement on Twitter as well. Dr. Beorn teaches courses in Holocaust History, Comparative Genocide, German history, Eastern European history, Antisemitism, Modern European history, Public history, and Digital history. 

Waitman Beorn

- Holocaust History

- Comparative Genocide

- Digital Humanities

- Geography and Mapping

- Public History

- Modern German History

- Extremism, White Supremacy, Antisemitism

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • The Holocaust in Eastern Europe: At the Epicenter of the Final Solution, Beorn, W. 8 Feb 2018
  • Marching Into Darkness: The Wehrmacht and the Holocaust in Belarus, Beorn, W. 6 Jan 2014
  • All the Other Neighbors: Communal Genocide in Eastern Europe, Beorn, W. Jun 2020, The Wiley Blackwell Companion to the Holocaust, Hoboken, NJ, Wiley
  • Unravelling Janowska: Excavating an Understudied Camp Through Spatial Testimonies, Beorn, W. 20 Sep 2019, Beyond "Ordinary Men", Paderborn, Verlag Ferdinand Schoeningh GmbH
  • Last Stop in Lwów: Janowska as a Hybrid Camp, Beorn, W. 1 Dec 2018, In: Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Harriet Galler Interacting Memories – The Holocaust and the Cambodian Genocide Start Date: 18/01/2021

  • History MA April 09 2007
  • History BSc May 27 2000
  • History PhD


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