Dr. Michael Geheran

Dr. Michael Geheran

Associate Professor

Deputy Director, Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies



Michael Geheran’s research engages with modern Germany, the World Wars, and the Holocaust.  He completed his graduate studies in Modern European History at Harvard University and Clark University, where he received in PhD in 2016. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Germany from 2011-2012, and his research has been supported by grants from the German Historical Institute, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Society for Military History, the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem, and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD).  Prior to coming to West Point in 2017, Geheran taught at the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies at Boston University. His first book, Comrades Betrayed: Jewish World War I Veterans under Hitler, was published by Cornell University Press in 2020.  

Ongoing Research Projects

A Digital Case Study of the Leadership and Character of LTG (R) Roméo Dallaire. This study examines the actions of General Dallaire, the Force Commander of the UN Mission in Rwanda, during the Rwandan Genocide. Partners include the Department of Geography, Notre Dame, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and LTG Roméo Dallaire. The case study will have embedded documents, video, dynamic maps, and interactive timelines.


Publications & Presentations

Comrades Betrayed: Jewish World War I Veterans under Hitler  (Cornell University Press, 2020).

Edited Volumes:
Beyond Inclusion and Exclusion: Jewish Experiences of the First World War in Central Europe, co-edited with Jason Crouthamel, Tim Grady, and Julia Barbara Köhne (Berghahn Books, 2018).

Journal Articles (peer reviewed):
with Mark Gagnon. "Not So Quiet on the Western Front: German Reactions to Netflix's 2022 Remake," Central European History 56, no. 4 (2023): 603-608.

“Remasculinizing the Shirker: The Jewish Frontkämpfer under Hitler,” Central European History 51, no. 3 (2018): 440-465.

• “I am fighting the hardest battle for my Germanness now”: Internal Dialogues of Victor Klemperer,” Psychology and Society 4 (2011): 21-39. 

Book Chapters (peer reviewed):
• With David S. Frey, “Character in War and Genocide: The Leadership of Roméo Dallaire in Rwanda.” In: Historians on Leadership and Strategy: Case Studies from Antiquity to Modernity, edited by Martin Gutmann, 15-39.  Berlin: Springer Verlag, 2019.

• “Rethinking Jewish Front Experiences,” in: Beyond Inclusion and Exclusion: Jewish Experiences of the First World War in Central Europe, eds. Jason Crouthamel et al, 145-192.  New York: Berghahn Books, 2018.

• “The Wannsee Protocol and the Nazi use of Euphemism in the Final Solution,” in: Modern Genocide: The Definitive Resource and Document Collection, edited by Paul R. Bartrop and Steven Leonard Jacobs, 1456-1462. Santa Barbara: ABC Clio, 2014.

Book reviews in German Studies Review, Central European History, First World War Studies, H-Soz-u-Kult, and Journal of Military History.