20th-century East-Central Europe
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Benjamin Frommer (Ph.D. Harvard University, 1999), Director of the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University and Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence (Associate Professor), is a historian of twentieth-century Central and Eastern Europe. His work has focused on topics of genocide and ethnic cleansing, collaboration and resistance, transitional justice, and nationalism. Frommer is the author of National Cleansing: Retribution against Nazi Collaborators in Postwar Czechoslovakia (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005), which was published in Czech translation by Academia Publishers (Prague, 2010). His current book project, The Ghetto without Walls: The Identification, Isolation, and Elimination of Bohemian and Moravian Jewry, 1938-1945, examines the wartime destruction of one of the world's most integrated and intermarried Jewish communities. His research and writing have been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Fulbright Program, the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, and the Masaryk Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Frommer has received the Weinberg College Distinguished Teaching Award (2007) and held the Wayne V. Jones Research Professorship in History (2010-2012).