Nikolaus Wachsmann

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Nikolaus Daniel Wachsmann (born 1971 in Munich) is a professor of modern European history in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Academic career[edit]

Wachsmann graduated from the London School of Economics with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree, from the University of Cambridge with a taught Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree, and from the University of London with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree.[1] His doctoral thesis, which he completed in 2001, was titled "Reform and repression: prisons and penal policy in Germany, 1918-1939".[2]

In October 1998, Wachsmann began his academic career as a research fellow at Downing College, Cambridge.[3] He was then a lecturer at the University of Sheffield. In 2005, he joined the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology of Birkbeck, University of London.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Wachsmann resides in Liverpool.[4]

Awards and honours[edit]

Selected publications[edit]

  • KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps (New York, London, 2015)
  • Die Linke im Visier. Zur Errichtung der Konzentrationslager 1933 (Göttingen, 2014), co-edited with Professor Sybille Steinbacher
  • The Nazi Concentration Camps, 1933-1939: A Documentary History (Lincoln, 2012), co-edited with Dr. Christian Goeschel
  • Concentration Camps in Nazi Germany: The New Histories (London, 2010), co-edited with Professor Jane Caplan
  • "Before the Holocaust: New Approaches to the Nazi Concentration Camps, 1933-1939", special issue of Journal of Contemporary History 45 (2010), Nr. 3, co-edited with Dr. Christian Goeschel
  • Hitler's Prisons: Legal Terror in Nazi Germany (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004).


  1. ^ a b "Professor Nikolaus Wachsmann". Department of History, Classics and Archaeology. Birkbeck, University of London. 3 May 2017. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
  2. ^ Nikolaus Daniel, Wachsmann (2001). "Reform and repression: prisons and penal policy in Germany, 1918-1939". E-Thesis Online Service. The British Library Board. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
  3. ^ "College Notices: Downing College". Cambridge University Reporter. CXXVIII (23). 30 April 1998. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Latest Prize Winners - The Wolfson Foundation". Archived from the original on 2013-09-04.
  5. ^ Professor Nikolaus Wachsmann. Birkbeck College. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  6. ^ Fisher, Ben (March 14, 2016). "Nikolaus Wachsmann Wins Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize". Jewish Quarterly.
  7. ^ "Susan Southard, Nikolaus Wachsmann and Steve Luxenberg Named Winners of the 2016 J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project Awards". Retrieved 2016-04-06.

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