I am a historian of modern Germany. At the core of my interests are the origins, impact and legacies of National Socialism. I am particularly concerned, in both my writing and teaching, to find ways of integrating histories of antisemitism and the Holocaust into wider histories of Germany and Europe in the late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries. My first book, Daimler-Benz In The Third Reich (1998) won the Fraenkel Prize for Contemporary History, as did my second, Haunted City. Nuremberg and the Nazi Past (2009).
My current focus is on the cultural history of Nazi Germany. I am completing a major project on symphonic concert life in Nazi Germany. This project, which has taken me to over 20 archives, considers the everydayness of the social practice, especially in provincial towns far removed from the experiences of elite, Berlin-based orchestras and their audiences. At its core is an attempt to answer the question: how did people listen to art music in the Third Reich? A book is forthcoming.
I mainly use these pages to write short pieces connecting my fields of scholarly interest to issues of contemporary political concern.