A Different Perspective on Innovation in Holocaust Studies


  • Anna Corsten Institut für Zeitgeschichte München




émigré historians, Holocaust Studies, female perspective


When talking about the emergence of Holocaust studies as an academic field in the 1960s and 1970s, we often look at its development from a male perspective by focussing on the academic positions, honours, and the success of books. Thus, women are often excluded from this perspective since they chose different paths due to their career options and gender expectations at that time. Many female scholars therefore sought other possibilities to study the Holocaust, for example through teaching. In this article, I will look at the role played particularly by women but also male scholars through teaching Holocaust studies.

Author Biography

Anna Corsten, Institut für Zeitgeschichte München

Anna Corsten is a historian at the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich (IfZ). She is currently researching how the German government dealt with property of the NSDAP and other Nazi organisations. Between 2016 and 2020 she wrote her disserta- tion on German-speaking émigré historians and their impact on the study of National Socialism and the Holocaust at the University of Leipzig. She held several fellowships, for example, by the GHI in Washington D.C., the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute (VWI) and the Center for Holocaust Studies in Munich.




How to Cite

Corsten, Anna. 2021. “A Different Perspective on Innovation in Holocaust Studies”. S: I.M.O.N. Shoah: Intervention. Methods. Documentation. 8 (1):36-51. https://doi.org/10.23777/SN.0121/ART_ACOR01.