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Jonathan Skolnik

Associate Professor, German Studies -- German-Jewish Studies Exile Cinema and Literature Holocaust memory/Trauma studies Intellectual History

Jonathan Skolnik is Associate Professor of German, with adjunct appointments in History and in Judaic and Near Eastern Studies. He is also core faculty in Film Studies and associate faculty in Comparative Literature. 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.” He has held fellowships from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; the Leo Baeck Institute; and the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Advanced Judaic Studies. In 2016-2017, Professor Skolnik was Interim Director of the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies. He is President of the North American Heine Society.


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) 

"Memory without Borders? Migrant Identity and the Legacy of the Holocaust in Olga Grjasnowa's Der Russe ist einer, der Birken liebt," German Jewish Literature after 1990, Katja Garloff and Agnes Mueller, eds. (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2018).

“Man darf nicht sagen...”. Kafka’s 1906 fragment Über ästhetische Apperception („On Perception“). Materiali di Estetica. Terza serie 4.2 (2017)

“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
  • English 319: Representing the Holocaust (Fall 2018)
  • German 391K: Franz Kafka
  • German 697: Jews and German Culture
  • German 698: German Exile Cinema (Spring 2019)