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Dr. Rebecca Carter-Chand

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Dr. Rebecca Carter-Chand
Director, Programs on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust
  • Areas of Expertise

    • The German Protestant Church and Christian minority groups in Nazi Germany
    • Christian antisemitism and Christian ethnonationalism 
    • Religion, rescue, and hiding during the Holocaust
  • Contact Information

Dr. Carter-Chand joined the Museum in 2018 as a program officer and in 2019 became director of the Programs on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust. PERH fosters scholarship, teaching, and reflection on the role of religion during the Holocaust and the ways in which religious communities have addressed these legacies since 1945. In this role, she serves as the staff director of the Committee on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust.  

Dr. Carter-Chand’s research focuses on Christian minority groups in Nazi Germany, including the Salvation Army, Quakers, Seventh-Day Adventists, and Jehovah’s Witnesses. 

Before coming to the Museum, Dr. Carter-Chand was a visiting assistant professor at Clark University’s Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Worcester, Massachusetts, and a lecturer at Lakehead University, Orillia, in Canada. She was a Claims Conference Saul Kagan Fellow in 2009–11 and a Cummings Foundation Fellow at the Museum in 2012–13. She currently serves on the editorial teams of Contemporary Church History Quarterly and Kirchliche Zeitgeschichte.

Education

  • PhD, history and Jewish studies, University of Toronto, Canada, 2016
  • MA, history, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, 2002
  • BA Honours, history, Crandall University, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, 2001

Languages

  • English
  • German
  • French (reading)

Select Publications

Select Presentations and Interviews

  • “Minority Churches and other Religious Communities in Nazi Germany,” October 2022 presentation at the University of Virginia
  • “Finding Belonging in the Volksgemeinschaft: The Seventh-Day Adventist Church and The Salvation Army in Nazi Germany,” April 2022 presentation, Volk, Volk Gottes, Volkskirche: Zur ekklesiologischen Verwendung des Volksbegriffs vom 19. Jahrhundert bis in die Gegenwart, Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin.
  • “Transnational Perspectives on The Salvation Army’s Response to War and State Conflict,” November 2021 presentation at the American Academy of Religion’s annual meeting, San Antonio, Texas
  • German Churches in the Nazi Era: Action and Reaction in Perilous Times,” June 2021 virtual program, Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum
  • Then and Now: Courage, Complicity, and Compromise,” April 2021 keynote address, Holocaust, Genocide and Contemporary Bioethics Program, Center for Bioethics and Humanities, University of Colorado
  • Courageous Acts Inspired by Faith,” April 2020 Facebook Live program
  • What Did Faith Communities Stand For? Doctrine and Deed in Nazi Europe,” 2017 public program