Status: PhD Candidate

Adviser: Konrad H. Jarausch and Karen Auerbach

Graduate Email: maxlazar@live.unc.edu
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Curriculum Vitae

Education

BA College of William & Mary, 2012
MA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2015
MA Thesis: “Strangers in their own Communities: Second-Generation Jews in Divided Germany, 1945-1989”

Research Interests

My research interests include modern Germany, Jewish history, Holocaust history, urban history, and spatial theory. My dissertation, tentatively entitled “Jerusalem on the Main,” is a local study of Jewish integration in Frankfurt am Main between 1914 and 1938. Until now, there has been a historical consensus that the First World War marked a negative turning point of what, until then, had been an upward arc of Jewish integration in Germany that had begun in the late eighteenth century. I challenge this master narrative of German-Jewish history by arguing that the Jews of Frankfurt continued to enjoy a high level of integration into the political, educational, cultural, and social life of their surrounding society until the Nazi Party’s seizure of power in 1933. Furthermore, I use examinations of local literature, popular culture, and the history of Jewish street names to show how scholars have frequently overlooked continuities in Jewish integration in Germany during the years preceding the Holocaust.

Recent Public Engagements

  • “The Swastika Flies outside of every Building on Jakob-Schiff-Straße: The Aryanization of Frankfurt’s Street Names, 1933-1938.” 42nd Annual Conference of the German Studies Association. Pittsburgh, PA. September 29, 2018
  • ‘The Swastika Flies in Front of Every House’ on Jakob Schiff-Straße: Jewish Integration and the ‘Aryanization’ of Street names in Frankfurt am Main,” Forschungskolloquium: Neuere Forschungen zur Geschichte und Wirkung des Holocaust, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, April 10, 2018
  • “Jerusalem on the Main: Jews and Gentiles in Frankfurt,” Max and Hilde Kochmann Summer School for PhD Students in European-Jewish History and Culture, University of Sussex, Brighton, England, July 3, 2017

You can also find two videos of me discussing research for my MA thesis and preliminary research for my dissertation with my colleagues Robin Buller (UNC-Chapel Hill) and Sam Kessler (Gustavus Adolphus College). Both were filmed during my two years as a member of Duke University’s Council for European Studies’ Society of Fellows .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOr_SRbQ340
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zL3IBgGIKbU

Courses Offered

  • HIST 120: Sport and American History, TA
  • HIST 140: The World Since 1945, TA
  • HIST 159: From War to Prosperity: 20th Century Europe, TA
  • HIST 262: History of the Holocaust: The Destruction of the European Jews, TA
  • GERM 270/CMPL 270/JWST 270/RELI 239: German Culture and the Jewish Question, TA