Professor of History, University of Maryland, College Park
George Herbert Walker Bush/Axel Springer Fellow - Class of Fall 2007
Jeffrey Herf is professor of modern European and German history at the University of Maryland in College Park. Widely published, Herf has most recently received the National Jewish Book Award for his work The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda During World War II and the Holocaust (Harvard, 2006). The book examines the Nazi regime’s radical anti-Semitic propaganda as a bundle of hatreds, an explanatory framework, and effort to legitimate mass murder. Other books by Herf include Divided Memory: The Nazi Past in the Two Germanys (Harvard, 1997), War By Other Means: Soviet Power, West German Resistance, and the Battle of the Euromissiles (The Free Press, 1991), and Reactionary Modernism: Technology, Culture and Politics in Weimar and the Third Reich (Cambridge, 1984). After obtaining an MA in history from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a PhD in sociology from Brandeis University, Herf taught at Ohio University in Athens, Emory, Holy Cross, and Harvard, before joining the University of Maryland, in 2003.