Dr Alexander Korb

Associate Professor in Modern European History

Alex Korb

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2784
  • Email: ak368@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Attenborough 711
  • Feedback and Support Times (Semester 2, 2020-21): By appointment only
  • Dissertation Hour (Semester 2, 2020-21): By appointment only

Personal details

I received an MA in modern and medieval history and gender studies from the Technische Universität Berlin, with academic exchanges in Aix-en-Provence, Prague and Voronezh.

From 2000 until 2010, I worked at several museums and memorials in Frankfurt, Oranienburg and Berlin, where I conducted research, developed exhibitions and guided visitors.

My doctoral research at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin examined the fascist Ustasha movement in Croatia, and the mass violence perpetrated by the Ustasha during the Second World War. I spent several months researching in post-Yugoslav, Italian, German and Israeli archives.

During my PhD studies, I was awarded several grants and fellowships, amongst others a research fellowship at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum during the 2006–2007 academic year.

In 2010, I was appointed lecturer in Modern European History at the University of Leicester.

I am also Deputy Director of the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, a key research centre within the School, where I am involved in running the centre and planning and organising lectures, workshops and conferences.




    1. Alexander Korb, Im Schatten des Weltkriegs. Massengewalt der Ustaša gegen Serben, Juden und Roma in Kroatien, 1941-45, Hamburger Edition (2013)
    2. Reaktionen der deutschen Bevölkerung auf die Novemberpogrome [German Reactions towards the November Pogromes]. (Saarbrücken: VDM, 2008).

    Edited volume

    1. Nationalsozialistische Lager. Neue Beiträge zur Verfolgungs- und Vernichtungspolitik und zur Pädagogik in Gedenkstätten [Nazi Camps. New Approaches to Persecution and Extermination Policies and to Education in Memorial Sites]. (co-ed., Münster: Klemm and Oelschläger, 2006).

    Articles and chapters in books

    1. ‘Ustaša Mass Violence Against Gypsies in Croatia, 1941/42,’ in Anton Weiss-Wendt (ed.) The Nazi Genocide of the Roma: Reevaluation and Commemoration, ed. (Berghahn, New York, in print)
    2. ‘Understanding Ustaša Violence’, in Journal of Genocide Research, 12 (2010), 1–18.
    3. ‘Der Unabhängige Staat Kroatien 1941 - 1945. Eine integrierte Gewaltgeschichte des Raumes’, in Radu Harald Dinu et al. (eds), Herrschaft in Südosteuropa. Kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Perspektiven (V&R Unipress, Göttingen, 2012), 195-224.
    4. ‘Nation-building and mass violence: The Independent State of Croatia, 1941–45’, in Jonathan C. Friedman (ed.), The Routledge History of the Holocaust (Routledge, New York, 2011), 291-302.
    5. ‘Μαζική βία και Ολοκαύτωμα στο Ανεξάρτητο Κράτος της Κροατίας, 1941-1945’, in Giorgos Antoniou, Stratos Dordanas, Nikos Marantzidis and Nikos Zaikos (eds), Το Ολοκαύτωμα στα Βαλκάνια (Epikentro, Thessaloniki, 2011), 85–121.
    6. ‘La Construction nationale et Shoah. Les déportations dans l’État indépendant Croatie (1941-1945)’, in Tal Bruttmann, Laurent Joly and Annette Wieviorka (eds), Qu’est-ce qu’un déporté? Histoire et mémoires des déportations de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale (CNRS, Paris, 2010), 197–224.
    7. ‘A Mutipronged Attack. Ustaša Persecution of Serbs, Jews, and Roma in Wartime Croatia’, in Anton Weiss-Wendt (ed.), Eradicating Differences. The Treatment of Minorities in Nazi-Dominated Europe (Cambridge Scholarly Press, Cambridge, 2010), 145–163.
    8. ‘Le fascisme de l'Oustacha’, in Traian Sandu (ed.), Vers un profil convergent des fascismes? "Nouveau consensus" et religion politique en Europe central (L'Harmattan, Paris, 2010), 159–175.
    9. ‘The Germans and the Ustaša massacrers. Syrmia 1942’, in Juliette Pattinson and Ben Shepherd (eds), War in a Twilight World. Partisan and Anti-partisan Warfare in Eastern Europe, 1939-1945 (Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), 210–232.
    10. ‘Understanding Ustaša Violence’, in Journal of Genocide Research, 12 (2010), 1–18.


      Being familiar with several Southern and Eastern European languages such as Czech, Russian, Serbo-Croatian and Italian, my research fields are Balkan, Eastern European and German history of the late 19th and the 20th centuries in a transnational and comparative perspective.

      With the Holocaust as a starting point, I began to link this mass crime to other cases of mass violence in Europe and its colonies in modern history, thus becoming increasingly interested in the entangled history of mass violence in Europe, and the methods and means to analyse it.

      By studying the historical sociology of mass violence and nationalism, I aim to go beyond a mere description of the emergence and outcomes of violence. I'm particularly interested in the question of how societies managed to avoid or to overcome violent crises, where the turning points of mass violence are, and how societies unfold.

      Current interests

      I am currently working on a monograph, entitled ‘Europeanising World War Two: Hitler's Allies in Eastern Europe'.

      I am exploring the history of wartime Europe from the perspective of Germany's and Italy's small allies in Eastern and Southeastern Europe: Finland, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Bulgaria and Greece. Many of these countries became not scene of WWII-operations, but also of internal civil wars in the course of which a large number of mass crimes and acts of expulsions took place. Moreover, up to 15 percent of the number of Jews killed in wartime Europe came from these states. By comparing the agendas, the agencies and the scopes of action of these smaller states, I aim to Europeanize the history of Nazi Europe by closely studying what has been perceived for too long as its periphery.


      • Modern European history: comparative genocide studies
      • the history of war and violence; comparative studies of fascism
      • South-eastern European history and Balkan studies
      • the Holocaust and World War Two-related mass violence
      • German history prior to 1945

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