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Carroll University
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Germany, 20th century, oral history, memory, World War 1939-1945, youth
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About Me

I earned a PhD in European History from UNC-CH in 2001–as the mom of 6 yr old twins and an infant. Since coming to Carroll University, I’ve taught courses on Western Civ, 19th and 20th century Europe, the post ’45 world, Research Methods and Germans’ fascination with the American West. I also teach in Carroll’s cross-cultural core curriculum, regularly offering experiential learning courses in Jewish-American culture and contemporary Germany.

My research focuses on experiences and memories of abrupt socio-political change–German youth in the 1940s, the German expellees, etc.  This works rests on both oral history and archival sources.

Recent Publications

Book: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow: Remembering Youth in Postwar Berlin (Greenwood), 2004.

Article: “Social Costs of War.” International Encyclopedia of the First World War (online), Berlin: Free University. Forthcoming.

Article: ‘Educating the “Flotsam of the Eastern Front.”‘ Under revision for History of Education Quarterly.

Article: “The Gordian Knot of Child Expellees’ German Identity,” Under revision for Oral History Review.

Translation: Paul Rempe, From German Cavalry Officer to Reconnaissance Pilot: The World War I History, Memories, and Photographs of Leonhard Rempe, 1914-1921. El Dorado Hills, CA: Savas Beatie 2016. I translated 99% of the German-language sources used for this monograph.

Research Findings: “Bericht der Ökumenischen Visite in der Evangelischen Kirche im Rheinland, Juni 2015.” Düsseldorf: Evangelical Church of the Rhineland, 2015). I was one of three lead authors of this report. Full text:

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Eastern Europe, Germany, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Family, Public History