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Meng, Michael L.

Meng, Michael L.

Associate Professor

Office: 016 Hardin Hall
Phone: (864) 656-3153

Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2008)

Michael Meng is a historian of modern European history with specialties in German, Jewish, Polish, urban, and intellectual history. His first book, Shattered Spaces: Encountering Jewish Ruins in Postwar Germany and Poland (Harvard, 2011), explores the history of Jewish sites in the urban landscape from 1945 to the present. He has written articles and book chapters that have been published in Contemporary European History, Central European History, German History, The Journal of Modern History, and New German Critique. Recently, he has co-written several essays on Heidegger that will be forthcoming, and he is currently working on several projects, including a cultural history on the Frankfurt Judengasse since the late eighteenth century and an intellectual history on death, history, and salvation in European thought.

Selected Professional Works

Books (Published)

Jewish Space in Contemporary Poland. Indiana University Press, 2015; co-edited with Erica Lehrer.

Shattered Spaces: Encountering Jewish Ruins in Postwar Germany and Poland. Harvard University Press, 2011.

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)

“Democratic (In)Equalities: Immigration in Twentieth-Century Western Europe,” Contemporary European History, 22, no. 1 (2013): 139-151.

Winson Chu, Jesse Kauffman, and Michael Meng, “A Sonderweg through Eastern Europe? The Varieties of German Rule in Poland during the Two World Wars,” German History, 31, no. 3 (2013): 318-344.

“A Cemetery of Ruins: The Ghetto Space and the Abject Past in Warsaw’s Postwar Reconstruction,” in Justyna Beinek and Piotr Kosicki, eds., Re-mapping Polish-German Historical Memory: Physical, Political, and Literary Spaces since World War II (Bloomington, IN: Slavica Publishers, 2011): 11-38.

"From Destruction to Preservation: Jewish Sites in Germany and Poland after the Holocaust," Fritz Stern Prize Essay, Bulletin of the German Historical Institute (Spring 2010).

"Did Poles Collaborate or Resist the Nazis? Problems with Narrating the Holocaust in Poland," in Jonathan Petropoulos, Lynn Rapaport, and John K. Roth, eds., Memory, History, and Responsibility: Reassessments of the Holocaust, Implications for the Future (Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2010).

"The Politics of Antifascism: Historic Preservation, Jewish Sites, and the Rebuilding of Potsdam's Altstadt," in Gavriel Rosenfeld and Paul Jaskot, eds., Beyond Berlin: German Cities Confront the Nazi Past (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2008).

East Germany's Jewish Question: The Return and Preservation of Jewish Sites in East Berlin and Potsdam, 1945-1989," Central European History 38, no. 4 (2005): 606-636.

After the Holocaust: The History of Jewish Life in West Germany," Contemporary European History 14, no. 3 (2005): 403-413.

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Accepted or Submitted)

“Traveling to Germany and Poland: Toward a Textual Montage of Jewish Emotions after the Holocaust,” commissioned chapter for Norman Goda, ed., Rewriting the Jewish History of the Holocaust (Berghahn Books, forthcoming 2014).

“Muranów as a Ruin: A Collage of Memories in Postwar Warsaw,” in Erica Lehrer and Michael Meng, eds., Constructing Pluralism (Indiana, forthcoming 2014).

“Silences about Sarrazin’s Racism in Contemporary Germany,” The Journal of Modern History (forthcoming 2014).