Appalachian State UniversityT-Pegelow-Kaplan

Thomas Pegelow Kaplan is the Leon Levine Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies at Appalachian State University in North Carolina. He also is a Full Professor at ASU’s Department of History. Pegelow Kaplan holds a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has previously taught Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Grinnell College, IA, Davidson College, NC, and De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines. Pegelow Kaplan has been a fellow at a number of research centers in North America and Germany, including the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University, the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C., and the Center for Research on Antisemitism at the Technical University of Berlin. His research focuses on histories of violence, language, and culture of Nazi Germany and Nazi-occupied Europe and European-Jewish responses to these onslaughts. He is also working on the 1960s global youth revolts, exploring, among others, the exchanges and impact of Jewish émigrés and survivors. Pegelow Kaplan is the author of numerous chapter and articles, including contributions on wartime and post-war petitioning practices by Jewish and other racialized persecutes of the Hitler state. His monograph The Language of Nazi Genocide: Linguistic Violence and the Struggle of Germans of Jewish Ancestry (Cambridge University Press)analyzes how words preceded, accompanied, and made mass murder possible.

Lecture Topics: 

  • Reconsidering the Spatial Terms of Jewish and Holocaust Historiography: Trans-European and Global Jewish Petitioning During the Shoah
  • Struggling for Survival: German Jews, Germans of Jewish Ancestry and the Contestation of ‘Racial’ Descent in the Hitler State
  • Language and Systematic Mass Murder: Post-Linguistic Turn Reflections on the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide
  • Jewish (R)Émigrés, Leftist Protest Movements and Social Memories of Mass Murder in 1960s West Germany and the United States”