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Dr Alex J. Kay

History of Germany

University of Potsdam



Dr Alex J. Kay graduated from the universities of Huddersfield (BA) and Sheffield (MA), UK, before receiving his PhD in modern and contemporary history from the Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, in 2005. The following year he was awarded the Journal of Contemporary History's first George L. Mosse Prize.

He was Senior Academic Project Coordinator at the Institute of Contemporary History Munich–Berlin from 2014 to 2016, and in 2016 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He has delivered lectures and talks in the United States, Austria, the United Kingdom, Germany and Poland, and currently teaches at the University of Potsdam, Germany.

Alex's research and publications focus on the history of Weimar and Nazi Germany, the Holocaust and comparative genocide. He is the author of Exploitation, Resettlement, Mass Murder: Political and Economic Planning for German Occupation Policy in the Soviet Union, 1940–1941 (Berghahn Books, 2006), The Making of an SS Killer: The Life of Colonel Alfred Filbert, 1905–1990 (Cambridge University Press, 2016, German edition 2017) and twenty peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and contributing co-editor of Nazi Policy on the Eastern Front, 1941: Total War, Genocide, and Radicalization (University of Rochester Press, 2012) and Mass Violence in Nazi-Occupied Europe (Indiana University Press, forthcoming 2018).