AJ Solovy

PhD Candidate

Late Modern Europe

I am a historian of modern Europe with special focus on twentieth-century Germany and Austria. My research engages with mass violence and its aftermath, illiberal political movements and ideologies, and anti-Semitism. I am currently writing a dissertation entitled “Nazis After Hitler: A History of SS Members in the Postwar World, 1945-2000.” This study explores how former SS members living in West Germany, Austria, and throughout the world formed a sense of self and of history after the Third Reich's collapse. By tracing how ex-SS members imagined and reimagined their past, present, and future, my study reflects on the persistence of illiberal ideologies within liberal democracy. It also identifies the aspects of National-Socialism that held enduring appeal to its adherents across the threshold of 1945. I maintain an additional research interest in the history of medicine, specifically eugenics, race science, and psychiatry.

Research Interests:

Modern Europe; Central Europe; Fascism; The Extreme Right; European Jewish History; Racism and Anti-Semitism; Cultural and Social History; Transnational History.


MA in History, University of Vienna (2018)

BA in History and English, Williams College (2015)