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Gerald Steinacher

Gerald Steinacher

Assistant Professor of History
and Hymen Rosenberg Professor of Judaic Studies

Contact Information:

628 Oldfather Hall

Department of History
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588, USA
Phone: (402) 472-3250
Fax: (402) 472-8839
E-mail: email address

Joined the Department:

August 2011

I received my Ph.D. in History in 1999 from the University of Innsbruck (Austria). Prior to my appointment as an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, I served as a Research Fellow in the Center for European Studies at Harvard University. In 2006 I was a Visiting Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. and until recently I worked as an independent researcher for the Museum's Oral History Department. I served as a researcher with the Independent Commission of Historians at the German Foreign Office (2006-2009), an expert consultant with the European Commission for Research Projects in the Humanities (2009-2010), and an expert consultant on War Crimes (WWII) with the Italian Military Prosecution's Office (2003-2005).

My research focuses on 20th Century European History with emphasis on Fascism, National Socialism, Holocaust and intelligence studies. I have published two books, edited nine volumes, and wrote a large number of book chapters and journal articles on these topics. My post-doctoral research examined the postwar fate of Nazis and Holocaust perpetrators and the institutions facilitating their escape from Europe. The result of this research came out as a book entitled, Nazis on the Run. How Hitler's Henchmen Fled Justice. This academic book was published in several languages and countries with the English edition put out by Oxford University Press in 2011. Furthermore the book was recently awarded the 2011 National Jewish Book Award in the Holocaust category. Currently, I am working on a book, which explores the lessons learned by the Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) from its handling of the Holocaust, and the ensuing policy changes regarding genocide and victims of war in the years following World War II.


  • Intelligence History
  • Jewish History
  • Italian Fascism
  • Holocaust
  • Central European History


University of Trento (Italy), 1992-1993
University of New Orleans, Graduate Program, 1995-1996
University of Innsbruck:
Ph.D. Contemporary History, 1999
Masters in History and Political Sciences, 1995

Office Hours: TUE 3.30 to 4.30 p.m. or by appointment


Fall 2012: HIST 328/828 History of Germany 1914-2012

Fall 2012: HIST 450 Capstone Seminar (Your research matters!)

Spring 2013: HIST 339/839 The Holocaust

Spring 2013: HIST/JUDS 333 Jews in the Modern World

Fall 2013: HIST 337 Modern Intelligence and Espionage History

Fall 2013: HIST 328/828 History of Germany 1914-2012

Links and Further Information:

For more information, please visit my website at

UNL Professor Steinacher talks about his new book "Nazis on the run" on C-SPAN TV

UNL Professor Steinacher talks about his new book "Nazis on the run" on OUP Blog

Gerald Steinacher interviewed by HNN History News Network

Review of Nazis on the Run by Philip Kerr in the Wall Street Journal

Review of Nazis on the Run by David Cesarini in the New Statesman

Review of Nazis on the Run by Robert Gerwarth, The Irish Times

Review in H-Soz-u-Kult, H-Net of Prof. Steinacher's volume about Italian Fascist architecture
(edited together with Aram Mattioli): Fuer den Faschismus bauen. Architektur als Gesellschafts-, Sozial- und Machtpolitik


Steinacher, Gerald. Nazis on the Run: How Hitler's Henchmen Fled Justice. Oxford University Press, 2011.
Steinacher, Gerald. La via segreta dei nazisti. Rizzoli, 2010.
Steinacher, Gerald. Nazis auf der Flucht. Wie Kriegsverbrecher ueber Italien nach Uebersee entkamen. Fischer, 2010.
Steinacher, Gerald, ed. Fuer den Faschismus bauen. Architektur und Staedtebau im Italien Mussolinis . Orell Fuessli, 2009.
Steinacher, Gerald, ed. Fuer Freiheit und Recht in Europa. Der 20. Juli 1944 und der Widerstand in Deutschland, Oesterreich und Italien. Studienverlag, 2009.
Steinacher, Gerald, ed. Faschismus und Architektur. Fascismo ed architettura. Studienverlag, 2008.
Steinacher, Gerald, ed. Tra Duce, Fuehrer e Negus. L'Alto Adige e la guerra d 'Abissinia 1935-1941. Temi, 2008.
Steinacher, Gerald, ed. Zwischen Duce und Negus. Suedtirol und der Abessinienkrieg 1935-1941. Athesia, 2007.
Steinacher, Gerald, ed. Faschismen im Gedaechtnis. La memoria dei Fascismi . Studienverlag, 2006.
Steinacher, Gerald, ed. Suedtirol im Dritten Reich - L'Alto Adige nel Terzo Reich, NS-Herrschaft im Norden Italiens 1943-1945 - L'occupazione nazista nell' Italia settentrionale. Studienverlag, 2003.
Steinacher, Gerald, ed. Ludwig K. Ratschiller, Zwischen allen Fronten. Autobiografie eines Suedtiroler Partisanen. Raetia, 2003.
Steinacher, Gerald, ed. Im Schatten der Geheimdienste. Suedtirol 1918 bis zur Gegenwart. Studienverlag, 2003.
Steinacher, Gerald. Suedtirol und die Geheimdienste 1943-1945. Studienverlag, 2000.