Senior Researcher
Holocaust in Ukraine, Soviet Union during World War II, Genocide
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Karel Berkhoff (born 1965) is a Senior Researcher at the NIOD. Berkhoff studied history and Russian studies at the University of Amsterdam, Soviet Studies at Harvard University and graduated in 1998 as a historian at the University of Toronto. He studies primarily World War II in Russia and Eastern Europe.

Dissertation: Hitler’s Clean Slate: Everyday Life in the Reichskommissariat Ukraine, 1941–1944 (University of Toronto; 1998).

Academic positions:

  • 2003 - present: Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam.

Other professional activities:

  • 2014 - present: Member, Admissions Committee, Saul Kagan Fellowship in Advanced Holocaust Studies, Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
  • 2013 - present: Member, editorial board, “Borderlines: Jews of Russia/Eastern Europe and Their Legacy” series, Academic Studies Press, Brighton, Massachusetts
  • 2012 - present: Member Steering Committee on Archives, International Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research.
  • 2011 - present: Coordinator at NIOD for Training and Transnational Access to Research Infrastructures within the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI).
  • 2008 - present: Member editorial board Ukraïna Moderna (Modern Ukraine).
  • 2007 - present: Member international editorial board Holokost i suchasnist (Holocaust and Modernity).
  • 2005-2011: Member international reference group, research project Norwegian Volunteers in the German Waffen-SS, Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities, Oslo.

Previous Positions:

  • 2010-2011: J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Senior Scholar-in-Residence, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
  • 2006-2010: Coordinator Master track Holocaust and Genocide Studies aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam.
  • 2003-2010: Associate Professor /wetenschappelijk stafmedewerker, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • 2000-2005: Postdoctoral Researcher, NIOD.