Cooper Union

Atina GrossmanAtina Grossmann teaches Modern European and German history, and Women’s and Gender Studies at Cooper Union. A graduate of the City College of New York (BA) and Rutgers University (MA, Ph.D), she has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, German Marshall Fund, American Council of Learned Societies, Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and the American Academy in Berlin, as well as Guest Professorships at the Humboldt University Berlin and the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena.

Publications include Reforming Sex: The German Movement for Birth Control and Abortion Reform, 1920-1950 (1995), and co-edited volumes on Crimes of War: Guilt and Denial in the Twentieth Century (2002) and After the Nazi Racial State: Difference and Democracy in Germany and Europe (2009). Jews, Germans, and Allies: Close Encounters in Occupied Germany (2007) was awarded the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History from the Wiener Library in London; the George L. Mosse Prize of the American Historical Association (2007), and selected as one of the best books of the year (2008) by the HSKult ListServ in German social and cultural history.

Her current research focuses on transnational Jewish refugee stories, Soviet Central Asia, Iran, and India: Sites of Refuge and Relief for European Jews During World War II.

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  • Gender and the Holocaust: Continuing Research and New Interpretations
  • Jews, Germans, and Allies in Occupied Germany: Entangled Histories and Lost Memories
  • Transnational Jewish Refugee Stories: Soviet Central Asia, Iran, and India as Sites of Relief and Refuge for European Jews during World War II
  • Writing Hybrid Jewish Histories: Emotional and Scholarly Challenges of Mining the Family Archive for the History of Flight, Refuge, Loss, and Restitution