Christin Zühlke

Christin Zühlke

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Holocaust Literature
Ph.D., Center of Research on Antisemitism, Technical University Berlin, Germany
Thesis: “The Yiddish Testimonies of the Sonderkommando Prisoners in Auschwitz-Birkenau”

M.A. Jewish Studies and Philosophy, University for Jewish Studies Heidelberg and University Heidelberg, Germany

B.A. Philosophy and German Literature and Language, University of Rostock, Germany
research interests:
  • Holocaust Literature
  • Yiddish
  • Jewish Museums and Holocaust Museums
  • Modern Jewish Thought
  • Pop Culture
  • Practical Ethics

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Christin Zühlke is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Holocaust Literature at Washington University. She holds a Ph.D. from the Center for Research on Antisemitism, Technical University of Berlin. 

Her Ph.D. project focuses on the Yiddish writings of the Sonderkommando in Auschwitz-Birkenau with an approach to Jewish Cultural Studies and Literature. She holds an M.A. in Jewish Studies and Philosophy and a B.A. in Philosophy and German. She is a Research Assistant at the Elie Wiesel Research Center, University of Tübingen, Germany. Also, she was a Visiting Scholar at the Hebrew University Jerusalem, Israel, the University of California, Berkeley, and a Guest Scholar at the German Historical Institute (Pacific Regional Office in Berkeley). She worked in several museums and memorials, such as Jewish Museum Berlin, Germany, and Yad Vashem, Israel.

Christin's publications include:

New Microhistorical Approaches to an Integrated History of the Holocaust, edited volume, under contract with de Gruyter,

“Elie Wiesel and A Legacy of (Post-)Witnessing”, in: Modern Judaism, 16p.

Die Nacht, new, annotated German translation of La Nuit by Elie Wiesel, Elie Wiesel Research Center, Herder Publisher, 192p.

“Witnessing, Gazing and (Non)Actions as Modus Operandi of Violence in Elie Wiesel’s Writings”, in: Zeitschrift für christlich-jüdische Begegnung im Kontext [Journal for Christian-Jewish Encounter in Context] (2/3/2022), 220-226 (German) 

“More than Meets the Eye – The Intricate Relationship between Selfies at Holocaust Memorial Sites and their Subsequent Shaming”, in: Eastern European Holocaust Studies, co-authored with Samantha Hinckley, 18p.

“Religious Aspects of the Testimonies of the Sonderkommandos in Auschwitz-Birkenau” in: Zeitschrift für Religions- und Geistesgeschichte [Journal for the History of Religion and Intellectual History] (74.2), 174-178 (German) 

“The Bystander in Elie Wiesel’s ‘The Town Beyond The Wall’” in: The Struggle for Understanding: Elie Wiesel's Literary Works, ed. Victoria Nesfield and Philip Smith, SUNY Press, 2019, 97-112