Patrick Tobin

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PhD
tobin.patrick@gmail.com

Major Field: European History
Other Fields:
Russian and East European History
Adviser:
Christopher Browning

BA Kalamazoo College
MA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009
MA Thesis: “No Country for Old Fighters: Postwar Germany and the Origins of the Ulm Einsatzkommando Trial”
PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2013
Dissertation: “Crossroads at Ulm”

Research Interests

My research interests include global history, modern European history, the Holocaust, and the aftereffects of the Holocaust. My dissertation examines the intersection of politics, society, culture, and law in the 1958 Ulm Einsatzkommando trial. The largest Nazi crimes trial in West Germany since the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, the Ulm case convicted ten men for crimes of the Holocaust in 1941 Lithuania. By exploring the involvement and attitudes of victims, perpetrators, investigators, prosecutors, public, media, and state and federal officials, the dissertation tells a broader story about conflicting and evolving West German attitudes towards the Nazi past. This multiperspective view of the trial offers insight into how and why West Germany came to rely upon its courts to address the aftermath of the Holocaust in the late 1950s.

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