Rebecca Wittmann

Associate Professor of History
Affiliated Faculty, Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies




Dept. of Historical Studies Erindale Hall, 2nd floor, L5L 1C6


Rebecca Wittmann (PhD University of Toronto) is Associate Professor of History at the University of Toronto and incoming Chair of the Department of Historical Studies at UTM. Her research focuses on the Holocaust and postwar Germany, trials of Nazi perpetrators and terrorists, and German legal history. She has received fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). She has published articles in Central European History, German History, and Lessons and Legacies. Her book, Beyond Justice: The Auschwitz Trial (Harvard University Press, 2005) won the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History. She is currently working on her second book project entitled Guilt and Shame through the Generations: Confronting the Past in Postwar Germany.


Holocaust and postwar Germany
Trials of Nazi perpetrators and terrorists
German legal History
Holocaust Memory


Ph. D – University of Toronto, (2001)

M.A –  University of California, San Diego, (1994)

B.A. University of Toronto (1992)

Awards and Distinctions

Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary European History for Best Book Manuscript, Wiener Library, London, UK, 2005.
Dean’s Special Merit Award for Teaching and Research Excellence, University of Toronto at Mississauga, 2005.
Fritz Stern Dissertation Prize, for the best 2001 dissertation in German History, German Historical Institute, Washington DC, 2002.
Honourable Mention, Bullen Prize, for the best 2001 history dissertation written in Canada, Canadian Historical Association, 2002.


The Holocaust in Historical Memory
Atrocity and Memory
The Holocaust in History
Postwar Germany
Remembering Atrocity


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