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Faculty Bio

Meng, Michael L.

Meng, Michael L.

Assistant 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. The book won the Hans Rosenberg Prize (Central European History Society) and the Laura Shannon Prize (Notre Dame). It was a finalist for the Yad Vashem International Prize and the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History (Wiener Library London). The dissertation upon which the book is based won the Fritz Stern Prize (GHI-Washington) and the Linda Dykstra Distinguished Dissertation in the Humanities and Fine Arts (UNC-Chapel Hill).

He is currently working on several projects, including an intellectual history of Nazi apocalypticism and its ruination after 1945 and a book on the cultural, linguistic, and intellectual afterlife of the Frankfurt ghetto (Judengasse) since the late eighteenth century.

Selected Professional Works

Books (Published)

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).