Atina Grossmann

Professor

Atina Grossmann teaches Modern European and German history, and Women's and Gender Studies. A graduate of the City College of New York (BA) and Rutgers University (MA, Ph.D), she has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, German Marshall Fund, American Council of Learned Societies, Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and the American Academy in Berlin, as well as Guest Professorships at the Humboldt University Berlin and the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena.

Publications include:

Reforming Sex: The German Movement for Birth Control and Abortion Reform, 1920-1950 (1995)

 

 

 

Crimes of War: Guilt and Denial in the Twentieth Century (co-edited; 2002)

 

 

 

After the Nazi Racial State: Difference and Democracy in Germany and Europe (2009).

 

 

 

Jews, Germans, and Allies: Close Encounters in Occupied Germany (2007) was awarded the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History from the Wiener Library in London; the George L. Mosse Prize of the American Historical Association (2007), and selected as one of the best books of the year (2008) by the HSKult ListServ in German social and cultural history.

 

Her current research focuses on transnational Jewish refugee stories, "Soviet Central Asia, Iran, and India: Sites of Refuge and Relief for European Jews During World War II."

Selected Publications
After the Nazi Racial State: Difference and Democracy in Germany and Europe

Jews, Germans, and Allies: Close Encounters in Occupied Germany

Crimes of War: Guilt and Denial in the Twentieth Century

Reforming Sex: The German Movement for Birth Control & Abortion Reform 1920-1950

When Biology Became Destiny: Women in Weimar and Nazi Germany

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