Dr. Geraldien von Frijtag Drabbe Kunzel

Assistant Professor
International and Political History
Associate Professor
Political History
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Geraldien von Frijtag Drabbe Künzel is Associate Professor at the Department of Political History. She has been research fellow of the International Institute for Holocaust Research Yad Vashem, Israel (2011) and recipient of the Research Grant of the Gerda Henkel Foundation (2012-2013) and the NWO Aspasia Grant (2015). She received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Amsterdam in 1999, on German criminal courts in the occupied Netherlands as an instrument of Nazi-policy (1940-1945). Geraldien writes and lectures on contemporary European history, with a particular emphasis on the Holocaust, Nazi-occupied Europe, political violence, conflict and war in twentieth century Europe. She has published in several languages. Her latest book, Hitler’s Brudervolk,  published by Routledge in 2015 (and by Bert Bakker/Prometheus in Dutch in 2016), examines the Dutch participation in the Germanization project of the occupied East and the engagement of Dutch ‘pioneers’ in the Holocaust by bullets. She is coordinator of the Utrecht Seminar of Political History, member of the Research Committee of the EU funded EHRI (European Holocaust Research Infrastructure), participant of the international network on Supranational Criminology and the initiator and coordinator of the research group ‘Perpetratorship in the Context of Mass Violence’. From 2016 onwards, her research concerns primarily the Holocaust in the Netherlands. To this end she co-organized together with dr. Valeria Galimi the Workshop ‘Microcosms of the Holocaust: Emotional Communities in the Modern Metropoles of Nazi-Occupied Europe' , part of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies 2016 Summer Research Workshop Program. She was one of the coordinators of the research-team Microcosms of the Holocaust and the 2017-2018 senior fellow in residence of the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research (Los Angeles). In 2020 she published on the history of the Dutch town of Hilversum during WWII. She is since January 2023 the PI of the NWO-funded research project 'The Holocaust in "the Provinces": Local Dynamics in the Nazi-Occupied Netherlands (1925 - 1950)'. For more information see  HERE