I am Professor of Modern European History at the University of Southampton, G.B., where I have worked since 1994. My research has ranged widely over the business, social, and cultural history of the twentieth century; at its core is the project of thinking through the place of the Third Reich in the longer history of Germany and Europe’s twentieth century and, in particular, of embedding histories of the Holocaust in wider narratives of modern German and European history. My most recent project focusses on the cultural history of art music in C20th Germany, in connection with which I am writing a book on the institution of the symphony concert in Nazi Germany.
19th- and 20th-century poetry and drama in English, German, French; opera; Holocaust history; history of aesthetic theory
Caribbean literature, African literature, slave narratives, James Baldwin, memoir, Civil Rights literature, black history, holocaust literature
Tony Kushner is a historian of the modern Jewish experience, especially with regard to Britain. He works more broadly on world migration history; heritage, history and memory; and ‘race’ and racism.
Trained attorney with management experience — organizing and overseeing a division of a state agency. Direct experience negotiating with international organizations, government offices, and private enterprises with focus on restitution of looted property. Proficient in both Spanish and Hebrew.
Specialties: Restitution negotiation, government and NGO liaison, international law, history, political science.
‘Remembering the Racial State: Holocaust Memory in Post-Apartheid South Africa’ in Jacob S. Eder, Philipp Gassert and Alan Steinweis, eds. Holocaust Memory in a Globalizing World (Gottingen, DE: Wallstein Verlag, 2016), pp. 199-214.
‘Anne Frank in South Africa: Remembering the Holocaust During and After Apartheid’. Holocaust and Genocide Studies 26/3 (2012), pp. 366-393.
‘Music in the Nazi Ghettos and Camps’, in Jonathan C. Friedman, ed., The Routledge History of the Holocaust (London: Routledge, 2011), pp. 436-451.
‘Jews and the Racial State: Legacies of the Holocaust in Apartheid South Africa 1945-1960’. Jewish Social Studies: History, Culture, Society 16/3 (2010), pp. 32-64.
‘‘‘We Long for a Home”: Songs and Survival among Jewish Displaced Persons’, in “We Are Here”: New Approaches to Jewish Displaced Persons in Postwar Germany (2010), ed. A. J. Patt & M. Berkowitz. Detroit: Wayne State Univer…
My research focuses on Jewish cultural history in modern Central and Western Europe. In particular, I am interested in how film, photography, literature, law, and gender engage Jewish difference. Currently, I serve as Contributing Editor for the Leo Baeck Institute Year-Book, the journal devoted to Central European Jewish history and culture.