A Deadly Hybrid: The Janowska Camp and the Holocaust in Ukraine

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 International Affairs Building)

Please join us for a talk with Dr. Waitman Wade Beorn, Lecturer in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia, and consultant and writer for the United States Holocaust Museum.

Dr. Beorn will explore the little-known and understudied Nazi concentration camp in Lwów. In particular, his presentation will examine the special character of this camp which served as a slave labor camp, transit camp, and mass killing site for the duration of its existence.

Dr. Waitman Wade Beorn is a Lecturer in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia. He is also a consultant and writer for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Dr. Beorn was previously the Director of the Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond, VA. His first book, Marching Into Darkness: The Wehrmacht and the Holocaust in Belarus, examines the complicity of the German Army in the Holocaust in the Soviet Union, focusing on ground level participation, and won the Thomas J. Wilson Memorial Prize for best first book from Harvard Press. Dr. Beorn is currently preparing a major project on the Janowska concentration camp outside of Lviv, Ukraine. This book project is tentatively entitled Between the Wires: The Janowska Camp and the Holocaust in Lviv. Dr. Beorn has also submitted a synthetic book, The Holocaust in Eastern Europe: At the Epicenter of the Final Solution, to Bloomsbury Press where it is in the final stages of publication.

In addition to his first book, Dr. Beorn has published work in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Central European History, and Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History in addition to chapters in several edited volumes. He has been awarded Fulbright Foundation, Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, and Claims Conference fellowships and is also part of an interdisciplinary group, Holocaust Geographies, which explores the spatial dynamics of the Holocaust and was the recipient of a National Science Foundation grant.

Outside of academia, he serves as a consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum particularly in their programs aimed at military personnel. He has co-written a training module in ethical military decision-making for ROTC cadets based on his research. He also researches and writes web content for the USHMM online encyclopedia. Dr. Beorn has worked since 2007 with the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New  York City. He consulted on their 2009 exhibit “The Shooting of Jews in Ukraine: Holocaust by Bullets.” In addition, he continues to serve the museum in its American Service Academy Program, leading discussions on the German Army and the Holocaust. He also served as the executive director of the Sam and Frances Fried Holocaust and Genocide Education Fund in Omaha, NE.