Franziska Exeler is the Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for History and Economics and a Fellow of Magdalene College. She is also Lecturer in Modern History at Free University Berlin. Her research interests include twentieth-century East European, Soviet and German history; the history of the Second World War and its legacies in Europe and Asia; Holocaust and genocide studies; myth, memory and trauma; borderlands and migration; and international law, transitional justice and legal history.
Franziska is currently completing a book manuscript titled Ghosts of War, which examines the search for truth and guilt in the aftermath of Nazi occupation, and the meaning that law and justice had in that process. It does so through the lens of Belorussia, an East European borderland that was particularly affected by the Second World War. Related research projects analyze how the Soviet prosecution of treason and war crimes fit into the global moment of post-Second World War justice.
Her research has been supported by grants and fellowships from Princeton University, the Social Science Research Council, the European University Institute, the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, and the German Academic Exchange Service. She received her PhD from Princeton University.
Together with Diana Kim (Georgetown University), she is coordinating the Invisible Histories website, a platform for researchers to present photographs in context and explore hidden narratives. The project is supported by the Joint Center for History of Economics at Harvard University and the University of Cambridge.
“Nazi Atrocities, International Criminal Law, and War Crimes Trials. The Soviet Union and the Global Moment of Post-World War II Justice,” in: TheNew Histories of International Criminal Law. Retrials, edited by Immi Tallgren and Thomas Skouteris, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019, 189–219.
"What Did You Do during the War? Personal Responses to the Aftermath of Nazi Occupation." Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, 17, 4 (2016), 805-835.
"The Ambivalent State. Determining Guilt in the Post-World War II Soviet Union." Slavic Review 75, 3 (2016), 606-629.
“Gewalt im Militär. Die Rote Armee im Zweiten Weltkrieg” [Violence within the Military. The Red Army in World War II]. Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaft 3 (2012), 228-246.
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