Omer Bartov: History & Fiction

April 1, 2022 - 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Omer Bartov
Omer Bartov

Omer Bartov comes to Duke for a special two-part conversation regarding his work on Ukraine engaging his historical work in a moderated conversation on "Ukraine, Then and Now," to be followed by a conversation with Professor Eileen Chow on how his research has informed his forthcoming project: "The Butterfly and The Axe." 

Born in Israel and educated at Tel Aviv University and St. Antony's College, Oxford, Omer Bartov's early research concerned the Nazi indoctrination of the Wehrmacht and the crimes it committed in World War II, analyzed in his books, The Eastern Front, 1941-1945 (1985), and Hitler's Army (1991). He then turned to the links between total war and genocide, discussed in his books Murder in Our Midst (1996), Mirrors of Destruction (2000), and Germany's War and the Holocaust (2003). Bartov's interest in representation also led to his study, The "Jew" in Cinema (2005), which examines the recycling of antisemitic stereotypes in film. His more recent work has focused on interethnic relations in the borderlands of Eastern Europe. His book Erased: Vanishing Traces of Jewish Galicia in Present-Day Ukraine (2007), investigates the politics of memory in West Ukraine. Bartov has just completed a new monograph, Tales from the Borderlands: Making and Unmaking the Galician Past, forthcoming in 2022. His many edited volumes include 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, reflecting his new interest, Israel-Palestine: Lands and Peoples (2021).

Lunch will be offered between the two conversations. 
Please register at:

Contact name

More event info


  • Center for Slavic Eurasian and East European Studies