Department of History

Barry Bookheimer

  • Graduate Student

Before starting at Pitt in Fall 2015, I earned my BA from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in History.  My undergraduate Honors Thesis examined the “layers” of memory at the former Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp from its establishment as an East German National Memorial in 1961 to the present — as a decentralized memory site.  My thesis also addressed the interplay between memory/memorialization at the site and postwar national identity in Germany.    

Advisor: Gregor Thum


Modern Europe
Identity, Ethnicity, and Memory

Representative Publications

Conferences & Presentations

March 2015
“In the Water there is Freedom: The Maritime World in the Age of Slavery,” Georgia Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference, Reinhardt University, Waleska, GA

April 2015
“Ghosts of the Twentieth Century: Anti-Semitism in Present-Day Hungary,” Southeastern Tennessee Regional Student History Conference, Collegedale, TN

May 2014

“Killing the Voodoo Zombie: Examining the Western Demonization of Vodou,” Hunter Museum of American Art - Undergraduate Symposium, Chattanooga, TN

Research Interests

I am especially interested in identity, ethnicity, and memory in Germany and Eastern Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.