20th-century East-Central Europe
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Benjamin Frommer (Ph.D. Harvard University, 1999) is a historian of modern Central Europe, with a specialization in the periods of Nazi and Communist rule. 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 Deportation 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 Fulbright Program, the American Council of Learned Societies, the International Research and Exchanges Board, the US Department of Education, and the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (Vienna). Frommer has received the Weinberg College Distinguished Teaching Award (2007) and held the Wayne V. Jones Research Professorship in History (2010-2012). During academic year 2012-2013 he is on academic leave as a Senior Fellow at the Northwestern University Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities.