Photo of Omer Bartov as he in appears in the Choices Program 2021 video series on genocide

Omer Bartov

Brown University

Born in Israel and educated at Tel Aviv University and St. Antony’s College, Oxford, Omer Bartov is the Samuel Pisar Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Brown University and the author of nine books. His early research concerned the Nazi indoctrination of the Wehrmacht and the crimes it committed in World War II, analyzed in The Eastern Front, 1941-1945, and Hitler’s Army; the links between total war and genocide, discussed in Murder in Our MidstMirrors of Destruction, and Germany’s War and the Holocaust; and the recycling of antisemitic stereotypes, examined in The “Jew” in Cinema.

Bartov’s recent publications include Erased: Vanishing Traces of Jewish Galicia in Present-Day Ukraine (2007); Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz (2018), winner of the National Jewish Book Award and the Yad Vashem International Book Prize for Holocaust Research; and Tales from the Borderlands: Making and Unmaking the Galician Past (2022). His edited volumes include (with Eric Weitz) Shatterzone of Empires: Coexistence and Violence in the German, Habsburg, Russian, and Ottoman Borderlands (2013); Voices on War and Genocide: Three Accounts of the World Wars in a Galician Town (2020); and Israel-Palestine: Lands and Peoples (2021). Bartov’s first English-language novel, The Butterfly and the Axe, is forthcoming in 2023.

Bartov’s videos are used in the following Choices Program curriculum units:
Confronting Genocide: Never Again?
Competing Visions of Human Rights: Questions for U.S. Policy
The U.S. Role in a Changing World

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