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Jonathan Skolnik

Graduate Program Director & Associate Professor

(413) 545-4245

522 Herter Hall

Jonathan Skolnik is Associate Professor of German, with adjunct appointments in History and in Judaic and Near Eastern Studies. He is also on the faculty in Film Studies. Professor Skolnik’s research and teaching focuses on German-Jewish Studies, intellectual history, and film studies. He is the author of Jewish Pasts, German Fictions: History, Memory, Minority Culture in Germany, 1824-1955 (Stanford University Press, 2014) and has edited special issues of New German Critique on “Secularization and Disenchantment” and “German-Jewish Religious Thought.” In 2016-2107, Professor Skolnik was Interim Director of the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies.


PhD 1999, Germanic Languages and Literatures, Columbia University 
BA 1990, History, Columbia College

Research Areas

  • German-Jewish Studies
  • Exile Cinema and Literature
  • Holocaust memory/Trauma studies
  • Intellectual History


Jewish Pasts, German Fictions: History, Memory, and Minority Culture in Germany, 1824-1955. (Stanford University Press, 2014)

“28 May 1942: Bertolt Brecht and Fritz Lang Collaborate on a Screenplay,” A New History of German Cinema, Jennifer Kapczynski and Michael D. Richardson, eds. (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2011).

“Yiddish, the Storyteller, and German-Jewish Modernism: A New Look at Alfred Döblin in the 1920s,” Yiddish in Weimar Berlin: At the Crossroads of Diaspora Politics and Culture, Gennady Estraikh and Mikhail Krutikov, eds. (Oxford: Legenda, 2010), 215-23.

“Exile on 125th St: African Americans, Germans and Jews in Edgar Ulmer’s Moon over Harlem,” The Films of Edgar G. Ulmer, Bernd Herzogenrath, ed., (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2009), 61-70.

“Class War, Anti-Fascism, and Anti-Semitism: Grigori Roshal’s 1939 Film Sem’ia Oppengeim in Context,” Feuchtwanger and Film, Ian Wallace, ed.(Bern: Peter Lang, 2009), 237-46.

Courses Recently Taught

  • German 297T: Terrorism Narratives
  • German 304: Berlin to Hollywood
  • German 391K: Franz Kafka
  • German 697: Jews and German Culture
  • English 319: Representing the Holocaust