Mark Roseman

Distinguished Professor, Pat M Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies

Professor in History

Adjunct Professor in Germanic Studies

Department of History

IU; IU Bloomington

Full Biography

I am a historian of modern Europe, with particular interests in the History of the Holocaust and in modern German history. My publications have covered a wide range of topics in German, European and Jewish history, including life-reform and protest in 1920s and 1930s Germany; Holocaust survival and memory; Nazi policy and perpetrators; the social impact of total war; post-1945 German and European reconstruction; generation conflict and youth rebellion; Jewish and other minorities in modern German history. I also have an interest in the comparative history of genocide. I am currently the general editor of the four-volume Cambridge History of the Holocaust, and working on a new synthesis of writing about Nazi perpetrators. 

Honors and Awards

  • 2023 Elected visiting fellow Magdalen College, Oxford
  • 2018 appointed Distinguished Professor Indiana University
  • 2017 Guest Professor at the University of Jena
  • 2016 Appointed by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum (with Alexandra Garbarini) to lead the Silberman Seminar for University Faculty
  • 2010-11 Ina Levine Invitational Scholar at US Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Geschwister Scholl Prize (2003)
  • Lucas Prize Project Mark Lynton prize (2002)
  • Jewish Quarterly's Wingate Literary Prize (2001)
  • Fraenkel prize (2000)
  • Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (1998)

Research Interests

  • History of the Holocaust
  • Modern European History
  • Modern German History
  • Comparative history of genocide


  • B.A. at Christ's College, Cambridge University, 1979
  • M.A. at Cambridge University, 1981
  • Ph.D. at Warwick University, 1987

Courses Taught

  • History of the Holocaust
  • History of genocide
  • Antisemitism since the enlightenment
  • Perpetrators of the Holocaust
  • The rise and fall of racial empire in Germany and Japan 1870-1950
  • Nazism and German Society
  • War and Violence in 20th Century Europe
  • Life after Death. Rebuilding German Society after 1945


Selected Publications

  • ÜberLeben im Dritten Reich. Handlungsspielräume von Juden und ihren Helfern Jena Center Geschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts Vorträge und Kolloquien, Bd. 26 (Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2021)
  • Lives, reclaimed. A story of rescue and resistance in Nazi Germany (New York: Metropolitan Books, 2019) 352 pp. (UK edition published by Oxford University Press, audio edition by Tantor audio)
  • Beyond the racial state (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017)) (edited book with Devin Pendas and Richard Wetzell) 533 pp.
  • “The barbarians from our “Kulturkreis.” Nazi perpetrators in the eyes of German Jews. Search and Research, No.24 ed. International Institute for Holocaust Research, (Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, 2016).
  •  “The Holocaust in European history” in Nicholas Doumanis (ed.) Oxford Handbook of Modern Europe 1914-1945, (Oxford University Press, July 2016), 518-536
  • Documenting Life and Destruction. Jewish Responses to Persecution, 1933-1946.  Volume I. (1933-1938)), Lanham, Md: Alta Mira, 2010 (with Jürgen Matthäus)
  • Conflict, Catastrophe and Continuity. Essays on Modern German History, New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2007 (edited volume, with Frank Biess and Hanna Schissler)
  • German History from the Margins, Bloomington: Indiana University Press 2006 (edited volume, with Neil Gregor and Nils Roemer)
  • The villa, the lake, the meeting. The Wannsee Conference and the 'final solution', Harmondsworth: Penguin, 2002
  • The past in hiding, Harmondsworth: Allen Lane, the Penguin Press 2000.
  • Generations in conflict. Youth rebellion and generation formation in modern Germany 1770-1968, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995 (edited volume)