Mark Celinscak, Ph.D.
- Louis & Frances Blumkin Professor of Holocaust & Genocide Studies
- Executive Director, Sam & Frances Fried Holocaust & Genocide Academy
- Modern Europe, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, War and Culture Studies
Ph.D., York University
M.A., University of Toronto
B.Ed., Brock University
B.A., Laurentian University
Dr. Celinscak is a historian of twentieth century Britain and Europe, specializing in war, Holocaust and genocide studies. He is the author of Distance from the Belsen Heap: Allied Forces and the Liberation of a Nazi Concentration Camp. This award-winning book explores how military personnel struggled with the intense experience of liberation, how they attempted to describe what they had seen, heard, and felt to those back home, and how their lives were ultimately transformed by the encounter. His follow-up book, Kingdom of Night: Witnesses to the Holocaust, is under contract with the University of Toronto Press.
His primary area of research is the Second World War and its impact on the twentieth century. He is particularly interested in the relationship between war and culture. Dr. Celinscak is currently working on a new project that explores the process of denazification in the British zone of postwar Germany. This work is supported by a European Holocaust Research Infrastructure fellowship at the Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide in London, England. He recently collaborated on exhibitions at the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre and the Durham Museum.
Dr. Celinscak serves on the executive committee of the Consortium of Higher Education Centers for Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Studies, acts as its treasurer and was the program chair for its 2019 binennial meeting. He was a Pearl Resnick Postdoctoral Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He has held fellowships at the Summer Institute on Genocide Studies and Prevention at the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College; the Regional Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization at the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity at Western Washington University; and the Summer Institute on Jewish Civilization and the Holocaust at the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University. He also participated in the Jack and Anita Hess Faculty Seminar at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies in Washington. In addition, he worked on the Azrieli Foundation Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program, interviewing survivors and editing their manuscripts.
Frequently Taught Courses
- The Holocaust
- Comparative Genocide
- Second World War
- First World War
- Modern European History
- Modern British History