Senior Researcher / Co-Director EHRI
Eastern Europe (especially Ukraine), the Holocaust
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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 received his doctoral degree in history in 1998 at the University of Toronto. His research and teaching focuses on the Holocaust.

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

Academic positions:

  • 2003 - present: Affiliated guest, University of Amsterdam.

Other professional activities:

  • 2017 – heden: Member, Advisory Board, European Holocaust Studies.
  • 2017 – 2020: Chief Historian, Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center.
  • 2014 - present: Member, Admissions Committee, Saul Kagan Fellowship in Advanced Holocaust Studies, Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
  • 2014 – present: Member, Series Editors, War, Conflict and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam University Press.
  • 2013 - present: Member, editorial board, “Borderlines: Jews of Russia/Eastern Europe and Their Legacy” series, Academic Studies Press, Brighton, Massachusetts.
  • 2008 - present: Member editorial board Ukraïna Moderna (Modern Ukraine).
  • 2007 - present: Member international editorial board Holokost i suchasnist (Holocaust and Modernity).
  • 2012 - 2019: Member, Academic Working Group, Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.
  • 2011 - 2019: Coordinator at NIOD for Training and Transnational Access to Research Infrastructures within the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI).

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, University of Amsterdam.
  • 2003-2010: Researcher, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • 2000-2005: Postdoctoral Researcher, NIOD.