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Professor John W. Steinberg

Dr. John W. Steinberg
2005-2006 Charles H. Revson Foundation Fellow

"Soviet Sources on the Holocaust"

Professional Background

Professor John W. Steinberg earned a Ph.D. in history from The Ohio State University and an M.A. and a B.A. from the University of Kansas. During his fellowship at the Museum, he was Associate Professor of History at Georgia Southern University. For his Charles H. Revson Foundation Fellowship for Archival Research, Professor Steinberg conducted research on “Soviet Sources on the Holocaust.”

As a specialist in Russian military history, Professor Steinberg is the recipient of numerous scholarly grants, awards and honors. Some of his publications include: Steinberg, John W. (, eds. The Russo-Japanese War in Global Perspective: World War Zero. Vol. 1 (Leiden: Brill Academic Press, 2005), with Volume II in press; “Prichini porazhenia russkoi armii v Russko-Iaponskoi voine: operativania tochka zrenia,” [The Causes for the Defeat of the Russian Army in the Russo-Japanese War: An Operational Overview] in Oleg R. Airapetov, ed. Russko-Iaponskaia Voina 1904-05. Vzglyad cherez stoletie [The Russo-Japanese War 1904-05: One Hundred Years Later] (Moscow, 2004. pp. 232-248); and “Imperial War Games: Images of Power or Practical Training, 1898-1906,” in Eric Lohr and Marshall Poe, eds., The Military and Society in Russia 1450-1917 (Brill Academic Press, 2002. pp.253-271). At the time of his fellowship he also had a forthcoming monograph on the education, training, and performance of the Imperial Russian General Staff. Since engaging in Holocaust Studies, Dr. Steinberg has been selected to participate at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies 2004 Summer Seminar entitled “Using Primary Sources to Teach the Holocaust,” and received a travel grant from the Holocaust Education Foundation to tour Judaic and Holocaust sites in Poland and the Czech Republic. His high-quality research and scholarly presentations have led to his election as member of the Executive Council of the Southern Conference of Slavic Studies (2004-2006).

Fellowship Research

While in residence at the Museum, Professor Steinberg researched Russian language archival materials to examine the impact and reaction of Soviet political and military officials to Nazi antisemitic atrocities in Russia’s western borderland territories.

Professor Steinberg was in residence at the Mandel Center from August 1 to December 31, 2006.