Sheer Ganor

Research Interests: 

About me:

I have a BA degree in history from the Tel Aviv University.  

My academic interests include modern Jewish history, 20th century Germany, experiences of migration, exile and refuge, and memory studies. 

At UC Berkeley I have taught as a GSI for the following courses: History of the Holocaust (Fall 2014), Modern Jewish History (Spring 2015), History and Practice of Human Rights (Fall 2015).

About my dissertation:

In Scattered Formation: German-Jewish Diasporas after 1933

Exile, refuge and forced mass migration have profoundly shaped our world over time and across space. My research project makes a close examination of a people who, dispersed by mid-twentieth century terrors, became paradigmatic to subsequent discussions of these phenomena. German Jews fleeing Nazi persecution or immigrating after surviving the Holocaust left Europe for numerous destinations. Upon their myriad landings, they developed a diasporic network defined by a shared culture and history as well as by diverging contexts in their new home societies. I aim to trace and articulate this transnational network of German-Jewish diasporas, focusing on the lived experiences of refuge, community building and identity formation. From the process of filing reparation claims to the recreation of Kaffeeklatsch rituals, I seek to identify how German Jews, unmoored from past lives and scattered across the globe, crafted a new chapter in German-Jewish history.

Graduate Position: 
PhD Candidate