LEO SPITZER is the K. T. Vernon Professor of History Emeritus and Research Professor at Dartmouth College.  A 2014 Research Fellow at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies, South Africa, and current Fellow at the Center for the Study of Social Difference, Columbia University, he is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Humanities Center, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Rockefeller/Bellagio, Ford, and Bogliasco Foundations.  His most recent book, co-authored with Marianne Hirsch, is Ghosts of Home: The Afterlife of Czernowitz in Jewish Memory (California).  He is also the author of Hotel Bolivia: The Culture of Memory in a Refuge from Nazism (Hill & Wang); Lives in Between: The Experience of Marginality in a Century of Emancipation (Hill & Wang); The Creoles of Sierra Leone: Responses to Colonialism (Wisconsin); and co-editor, with Mieke Bal and Jonathan Crewe, of Acts of Memory: Cultural Recall in the Present (UPNE).     Currently, with Marianne Hirsch, he is writing a book, School Photos in Liquid Time: Archives of Possibility, and working on a series of vignettes, some autobiographical, for a book about the Americanization of children emigrating from Latin America to the United States in the decade of the 1950s.

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E-mail: < poldispitzer@gmail.com>
< leo.spitzer@dartmouth.edu >

Birthplace: La Paz, Bolivia
Citizenship: U.S.A.

Ph.D. in History, University of Wisconsin, 1969
M.A. in History, University of Wisconsin, 1963
Certificate in African Studies, University of Wisconsin, 1965
B.A., Brandeis University, 1961
Magna Cum Laude with Honors in Spanish Literature
•Research Professor, Dartmouth College, 2014 –
•Kathe Tappe Vernon Professor Emeritus, Dartmouth College, 2007 –
•Visiting Professor, Oral History MA Program, Columbia University, 2011
•Brownstone Visiting Professor, Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College, 2010
•Visiting Professor of History, Columbia University, 2004-2008
•Kathe Tappe Vernon Professor of History, Dartmouth College, 1997-2007
•Chair, Jewish Studies Program, Dartmouth College,  1997-99, Winter 2001
•Co-Director Mellon Humanities Institute, Dartmouth College, 1996
•Co-Chair, Women’s Study Program, Dartmouth College, 1995-97
•Co-Chair, Jewish Studies Initiative Program, Dartmouth College, 1994-97
•Chair, Department of History, Dartmouth College 1989-92
•Professor, Department of History, Dartmouth College, 1981-199
•Faculty Fellow, “Women Creating Change,” Global Initiative of the Center for
the Study of Social Difference, Columbia University, 2013-
•Faculty Fellow, “Engendering Archives,” Center for the Study of Social
Difference, Columbia University, Columbia University, 2010-
•Faculty Fellow, Columbia University Seminar on Cultural Memory, 2009-
•Fellow, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies, Stellenbosch, South
Africa, May – June 2014.
•Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship, Liguria Study Center, Italy (Oct.-Nov.
•Littauer Foundation Fellowship (2002) to support translation from German to
English, editing, and bi-lingual publication of Dr. Arthur Kessler’s
memoir “Ein Arzt im Lager”
•Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship, Liguria Study Center, Italy (March 2002)
•Berlin Prize Fellowship, American Academy in Berlin, Fall 2001 (declined)
•ACLS Fellowship, 2001-02 (jointly with Marianne Hirsch)
•Dartmouth Rockefeller Center Research Award for “Czernowitz Crossroads,”
(with Marianne Hirsch), 1999
•Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, Bellagio Study Center, October-
November, 1995
•John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, 1994
•Lucius N. Littauer Fellow, National Humanities Center, 1992-93
•Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Fellowship, 1991
•Fellow, Mellon Humanities Institute on “Gender and War,” Dartmouth
College, 1990
•Stanford Humanities Center Fellowship, 1984-85 (declined)
•National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer 1980
•American Philosophical Society, 1976
•Ford Foundation Research Fellowship (through the Comparative World
History Program, University of Wisconsin), 1974
•Social Science Research Council Fellowship, 1972
•National Humanities Center Distinguished Lecturer, 1996-98
•Elected to the National Faculty, 1994-
•Faculty Fellow, Humanities Institute on “Gender and War,” Dartmouth
College, Spring 1990
•Honorary Master of Arts Degree, Dartmouth College, 1982
•Elected to the National Humanities Faculty, 1970-1980
••Ghosts of Home: The Afterlife of Czernowitz in Jewish Memory (University of
California Press, 2010). (with Marianne Hirsch)
••Hotel Bolivia: The Culture of Memory in a Refuge from Nazism (Hill & Wang
Division, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998; paperback, 1999;
republication + e-book and Kindle edition, 2013).
••Hotel Bolivia: Auf den Spuren der Erinnerung an Eine Zuflucht vor dem
Nationalsozialismus (German translation, with new introduction.
Vienna: Picus Verlag, 2003).
••Acts of Memory: Cultural Recall in the Present. Co-edited with Mieke Bal
and Jonathan Crewe (University Press of New England, 1999).
••Lives In Between: Assimilation and Marginality in Austria, Brazil, West Africa,
1780-1945 (Cambridge University Press, Comparative World History
Series, 1990). Republication as Lives In Between: The Experience of
Marginality in a Century of Emancipation (Hill & Wang, 1999). Create
Space edition, 2015.
••Vidas de Entremeio: Assimilação e marginalição na Áustria, no Brasil e na
África Ocidental 1780-1945 (Rio de Janeiro: EDUERJ, 2001).
••The Sierra Leone Creoles: Responses to Colonialism, 1870-1945 (University of
Wisconsin Press, 1974. (Paperback edition University of Ife Press,
Nigeria, 1975)
•••School Photos in Liquid Time: Archives of Possibility (with Marianne Hirsch)
•••The Americanization of Poldi: An Autohistory
•••Editor: (German edition) Dr. Arthur Kessler, Ein Artzt im Lager:
Erinnerungen vom KZ Vapniarka und Transnistrien;
•••Editor: (English edition) Dr. Arthur Kessler, A Camp Physician: Memoir and
Notes of a Deportee to KZ Vapniarka and Transnistria.
•“Small Acts of Repair: The Unclaimed Legacy of Transnistria” (with
Marianne Hirsch), forthcoming in Literature and Trauma, 2016 and
Memory Unbound: New Directions in Memory Studies, ed. Lucy Bond, Stef
Craps, Pieter Vermeulen.
•“Class Photos and their Afterlives” (with Marianne Hirsch), Feeling
Photography, Elspeth Brown and Thy Phu, eds. (Duke University Press,
•“First person plural: notes on voice and collaboration” (with Marianne
Hirsch), Writing Otherwise: Experiments in Cultural Criticism, Jackie Stacey
and Janet Wolff, eds. (Manchester University Press, 2013) and The Future
of Scholarly Writing: Critical Interventions, Angelika Bammer and Ruth
Ellen Joeres, eds. (Palgrave McMillan, 2015).
•“Street Photographs in Crisis: Cernauti, Romania, Ca. 1943” (with Marianne
Hirsch), Photographing Atrocity , ed. Geoffrey Batchen, Mick Gidley,
Nancy K. Miller, Jay Prosser (Reaktion Books, 2012).
•“What’s Wrong with This Picture?” and “Testimonial Objects” (with
Marianne Hirsch) in Marianne Hirsch, The Generation of Postmemory:
Writing and Visual Culture After the Holocaust (Columbia University Press,
•“The Web and the Reunion,” (with Marianne Hirsch), Rites of Return, ed.
Marianne Hirsch and Nancy K. Miller (Columbia University Press,
•“Vulnerable Lives: Secrets, Noise and Dust” (with Marianne Hirsch),
Profession, 2011.
•“The Russian Year,” (with Marianne Hirsch), The Holocaust in Czernowitz and
Bukowina, ed. Vadim Altskan, United States Holocaust Memorial
Museum (2011)
•“’Solidarité et souffrance:’ Le camp de Vapniarka parmi les camps de
Transnistrie,” (with Marianne Hirsch), Revue de l’histoire de la Shoah
No. 194 (2011), 343 – 368.
•“The Cernauti Ghetto,” (with Marianne Hirsch), Local History,
Transnational Memory in the Romanian Holocaust, ed. Valentina Glajar
and Jeannine Teodorescu (Palgrave McMillan, 2011).
•“A Name Given, A Name Taken: Camouflaging, Resistance, and
Diasporic Social Identity,” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and
the Middle East (Summer, 2010).
•“The Witness in the Archive: Holocaust Studies/ Memory Studies,” (with
Marianne Hirsch) in Memory Studies (Spring, 2009) and Memory: Histories,
Theories, Debates, eds. Susannah Radstone and Bill Schwarz (New York: Fordham
University Press, 2010).
•“Incongruous Images: Before, During, and After the Holocaust” (with
Marianne Hirsch), in Performing the Past: Memory, History, and Identity
in Modern Europe, eds. Karin Tilmans, Frank van Vree, Jay Winter
(Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2010) and in Exposed
Memories: Family Pictures in Private and Collective Memory, eds. Zsófia
Bán and Hedvig Turai (Budapest: AICA, 2010).
•“The Tile Stove,” (with Marianne Hirsch), WSQ, Special Issue on Witness
(Spring, 2008).
•“Die Sprachen der Czernowitzer Juden: Zwischen Assimilation und
Widerstand,” (with Marianne Hirsch), Karl Emil Franzos, ed. Amy
Colin (Potsdam: Moses Mendelsohn Zentrum, 2008).
•“Street Photographs: From the family Album to the Public Archive,” (with
Marianne Hirsch), Performing the Past: The Making of European
Historical Culture, ed. Karin Tilmans, F.P.I.M. van Vree, and Jay
Winter (2010).
•“Ohne euch währen wir nie zurückgekehrt: Generationen von Nostalgie,”
(with Marianne Hirsch). “Czernowitz bei Sadagora”: Identitäten und
kulturelles Gedächtnis im mitteleuropäischen Raum, Ed. Andrei Corbea-
Hoisie (Konstanz: Hartung Gorre, 2006).
•“Testimonial Objects: Memory, Gender, Transmission” in Marie-Aude
Baronian, Stephan Besser, Yolande Janssen, eds., Diaspora and
Memory (Amsterdam: Rodopy, 2006) [reprint of Poetics Today 27, 2
(Summer 2006) article].
•“’You wanted history, I give you history’: Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah” in
Marianne Hirsch and Irene Kacandes, Teaching the Representation of
the Holocaust (Modern Language Association, 2005).
•“War Stories: Witnessing in Retrospect,” (with Marianne Hirsch) in
Representation and Remembrance: The Holocaust in Art, ed. Shelley
Hornstein and Florence Jacobowitz, (Indiana University Press, 2002).
•“Rootless Nostalgia: Vienna in La Paz, La Paz in Elsewhere,” Shofar,
Spring 2001, vol. 19, no. 3 (Special Issue: The Jewish Diaspora of
Latin America).
•“The Album and the Crossing,” in Marianne Hirsch, ed., The Familial Gaze
(Hanover: University Press of New England, 1999).
•“Back Through the Future: Nostalgic Memory and Critical Memory in a
Refuge from Nazism” in Acts of Memory, ed. Mieke Bal, Jonathan
Crewe, Leo Spitzer (Hanover: University Press of New England,
•“Persistent Memory: Central European Refugees in an Andean Land,” in
Susan Rubin Suleiman, ed., Exile and Creativity (Duke University
Press, 1998).
•“Andean Two-Step” in Todd Endelman, ed., Comparing Jewish Societies,
(University of Michigan Press and Comparative Studies in Society
and History, 1997).
•“Holocaust Film and Video,” in Teaching the Holocaust (University of
Vermont Center for Holocaust Studies, 1996) (with Marianne Hirsch)
•“Andean Waltz” in Geoffrey H. Hartman, ed., The Shapes of Memory,
(Blackwells, 1993). [Re-printed in Gisela Brinker-Gabler, ed.,
Encountering the Other(s): Studies in Literature, History, and Culture
(SUNY Press, 1994)].
•“Gendered Translations: Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah” (with Marianne Hirsch)
in M. Cooke and A. Wollacott, eds., Gendering War Talk (Princeton UP,
1992); reprinted in Stuart Liebman, Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah (Oxford
University Press, 2007).
•“Creoles and Up-Countrymen: the Gulf” in K. Kallon, The Economics of
Sierra Leonean Entrepreneurship (University Press of North America,
•“Into the Bourgeoisie: A Study of the Family of Stefan Zweig and Jewish
Social Mobility, 1750-1880” in Marion Sonnenfeld, ed., Stefan Zweig:
The World of Yesterday’s Humanist Today (Albany, SUNY Press, 1983).
“Black Skin, White Masks?” in Gustav Deveneaux, Elites in Africa (Bonn,
Welker Verlag, 1980).
•“The Sierra Leone Creoles, 1870-1900” in Africa and the West, Philip D.
Curtin, editor (University of Wisconsin Press, 1972), pp. 100-138.
••Keynote address: “Archiving Resistance: School Photos in Nazi-occupied
Europe.” Symposium: “Towards an Archive of Freedom,” University
of Cape Town/District Six Museum, Cape Town, South Africa, 2015.
••Plenary Address (with Marianne Hirsch), “School Photos in Liquid Time,”
Transnational Memory Conference, University of Leeds, Jan. 2015.
••Keynote address: “Connective Memories: Dreams, Mediascapes, Journeys
of Return.” International Conference on Memories of Vanished
Populations in East European Urban Environments, University of
Lund, Sweden, Nov. 2014.
••Lecture and workshop, “On Small Acts of Repair,” for East European
Seminar, Cambridge University, Oct. 2014.
••“Framing Children: School Photos and their Afterlives,” Cape Town
Holocaust Center, Cape Town South Africa, May 2014 (with
Marianne Hirsch).
••Fellows Seminar on school photos project, Stellenbosch Institute for
Advanced Studies, Stellenbosch, South Africa, June 2014.
••University of Chicago Public Lecture (with Marianne Hirsch) “Small Acts
of Repair,” and two-day graduate seminar, “School Pictures and
their Afterlives,” April 2014.
••Keynote: “Small Acts of Repair” (with Marianne Hirsch), Conference on
“Competing Memories,” university of Amsterdam, Oct. 2013.
••“Framing Children: School Photos and their Afterlives,” University of
Düsseldorf, June 2103 (with Marianne Hirsch).
••“Small Acts of Repair: Transnistria and the Romanian Holocaust,”
University of Vienna, June 2013 (with Marianne Hirsch).
••Keynote, Symposium and Exhibition “Creativity and Postmemory,”
Columbia University, May 2013 (with Marianne Hirsch).
••Invited Lecture, “Acts of Repair: Transnistria, the Forgotten Cemetery,”
Colgate University, May 2013 (with Marianne Hirsch).
••Keynote, International Biography and Autobiography Conference,
Canberra, Australia, July 2012.
••“Connective Memories: Dreams, Mediascapes, Journeys of Return,”
Arizona State University, November 2011 (with Marianne Hirsch).
••“ Wiedersehen in Czernowitz: Im Netz und am Ort,” University of Vienna
June, 2010 (with Marianne Hirsch).
••“The Afterlife of Czernowitz in Jewish Memory,” Wiener Library,
London, July 2010 (with Marianne Hirsch).
••“Fantasies of Return,” Catholic University, Lisbon, March 2011 (with
Marianne Hirsch).
••“Spaziergang in de Herrengasse: Straßenfotos aus dem jüdischen
Czernowitz,” Simon Wiesenthal Cetner and Jewish Museum Vienna,
2009 (with Marianne Hirsch).
••“The Afterlife of School Pictures,” NYU “Hauntings” lecture series, 2009;
Zantop Memorial Lecture, Dartmouth College, 2009; Keynote,
Conference on “Feeling Photography,” University of Toronto, 2009
(with Marianne Hirsch).
••“The Afterlife of Czernowitz in Jewish Memory,” Deutsches Haus,
Columbia, 2008; Johns Hopkins University, 2008; University of Texas,
Austin, 2009 (with Marianne Hirsch).
••“Incongruous Images: ‘Before, During and After’ the Holocaust,” CUNY
Graduate Center, March 2007; Concordia University, October 2007;
Wesleyan University conference on “Photography and Historical
Interpretation,” 2008 (with Marianne Hirsch).
••Keynote, Conference on “Family Pictures,” Budapest, November 2006
(with Marianne Hirsch).
••“All in the Family: Family Archives and Oral History,” Columbia Oral
History Program, June 2006 (with Marianne Hirsch).
••“Strolling the Herrengasse: Street Photographs in Private and Public
Memory,” Keynote Address at conference on Trajectories of Memory,
Bowling Green, March 2006 (with Marianne Hirsch).
••“Ghosts of Home: The Afterlife of a Jewish Community” Featured
manuscript for Northeast Workshop on History and Literature,
March 2006 (with Marianne Hirsch).
••“Testimonial Objects: Gender, Memory, Transmission,” Keynote address,
Conference on Witness and Testimony: From the Local to the
Transnational, Australian National University, Canberra, February,
2006 (with Marianne Hirsch).
••”Tainted Sites: Photography, Identity, Transmission,” Corcoran Galley of
Art, Washington D.C., April 2005 (with Marianne Hirsch).
••“What’s Wrong With this Picture? Documentary Images in Contemporary
Narratives, ” Université de Montreal, May 2004; University of
Michigan, Ann Arbor, February 2005 (with Marianne Hirsch).
••“Czernowitz, Vienna of the East: Language and Nation,” Harriman
Institute, Columbia University, November 2004; Univeristy of
Michigan, Dearborn, February 2005 (with Marianne Hirsch).
••“ Vienna of the East: Czernowitz in Jewish History and Memory,”
Princeton University, 2003 (with Marianne Hirsch).”We
••“There was Never a Camp Here: Searching for Vapniarka,” New York
University, 2002 (with Marianne Hirsch).
••“Rootless Nostalgia: Vienna in La Paz, La Paz in Elsewhere,” keynote
address at the Latin American Jewish Studies Association
symposium, Princeton University, March 1999.
January 2016