Dr. Hilary Earl

Hilary Earl Profile Photo
Professor / Faculty of Arts and Science - History, Anthropology and Ancient Studies - History
Graduate Program Coordinator / Graduate Studies - History, MA
Full-time Faculty
Graduate Program Coordinator
BA, University of New Brunswick
MA, University of New Brunswick
PhD, University of Toronto
Areas of Specialization:

Modern European History (Germany); International legal history (prosecuting genocide/war crimes trials)

Research Interests:

the Holocaust, war crimes trials, Perpetrator history and testimony, comparative genocide

Current & Future Research:

Book:  Murder on the Beach: a case study of a single Einsatzgruppen execution in Liepaja, Latvia in film, photographs, and testimony, 1941

Film: with Michaël Prazan, Murder on the Beach                                                                                                                                 Trailer: https://vimeo.com/632642405/db6ecdd373

Article: “Expert Witness? Michael Angelo Musmanno and the trials of the Holocaust (the Nuremberg SS Trials, the Eichmann Trial in Jerusalem, and the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial)”

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Co-edited with Simone Gigliotti, A Companion to the Holocaust. London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2020. 704 pp. https://www.wiley.com/en-us/The+Wiley+Blackwell+Companion+to+the+Holocaust-p-9781118970522

Co-editor with Karl Schleunes, Lessons and Legacies XI: Expanding Perspectives on the Holocaust in a Changing World. Evanston: Northwestern University Press. 372 pp. https://www.amazon.ca/Lessons-Legacies-Expanding-Perspectives-Holocaust/dp/0810130904

The Nuremberg SS-Einsatzgruppen Trial, 1945-1958: Atrocity Law and History. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009. 336 pp.


“A Pedagogy of Witnessing: Reading and Interpreting the December 15, 1941 Šķēde-execution Photographs in the University Classroom,” in Valerie Hébert editor, Framing the Holocaust: Photographs of a Mass Shooting in Latvia, 1941 (University of Wisconsin Press and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum) Forthcoming.  

“Nazi Perpetrators and the Law: postwar trials, courtroom testimony, and debates about the motives of Nazi war criminals,” The Routledge International Handbook of Perpetrator Studies, Susanne C. Knittel and Zachary J. Goldberg, eds., chapter 9 (Routledge, 2020). pp. 109-119.

“‘One-Night-Stand’ und Massenmord. Diskussionsforum Die Blumen von Gestern Mit Hilary Earl, Dagmar Herzog, Christian Ingrao, Elissa Mailänder, Rainer Rother, und Moshe Zimmermann,” in Klaus Latzel, Elissa Mailänder, und Franka Maubach, Herausgegeben,  Geschlechterbeziehungen und “Volksgemeinschaft”. Beiträge zur Geschichte des Nationalsozialismus, Band 34 (Goettingen: Wallstein Verlag, September, 2018):197-212.

“War, Atrocity, and Genocide,” The Routledge History of Global War and Society, Matthew Muehlbauer & David Ulbrich, eds., chapter 19, pp. 24-35 (New York: Routledge, 2018).

“Legacies of the Nuremberg SS-Einsatzgruppen Trial 70 years after,” Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review, vol. 39 (Winter 2017): 95-115.

“`Bad Nazis and other Germans’: The fate of SS-Einsatzgruppen Commander Martin Sandberger in postwar Germany,” in eds., David Messenger and Katrin Paehler, A Nazi Past: Recasting German Identity in Postwar Europe (Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 2015): 61-90.

“A Judge, a Prosecutor, and a Mass Murderer: Dynamics in the SS-Einsatzgruppen Trial,” in Kim Christian Priemel and Alexa Stiller (eds.), Reassessing the Nuremberg Military Tribunals. Transitional Justice, Trial Narratives, and Historiography Paperback and E-book (New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books and Oxford University Press, 2014): 47-73.

"Prosecuting Genocide before the Genocide Convention: Raphael Lemkin and the Nuremberg Trials, 1945-1949," in Journal of Genocide Research, vol. 15, no.3 (September 2013): 317-338. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14623528.2013.821225#.UoYrO5Sglbx 

"Beweise, Zeugen, Narrative: Der Einsatzgruppen Prozess und seine Wirkung auf die historische Forschung zur Genese der Endlösung'" in Kim Christian Priemel and Alexa Stiller NMT. Nürnberger Militärtribunale zwischen Geschichte, Gerechigkeit und Rechtschöpfung (Hamburg edition, 2013): 127-157.

“Biographies of Criminals or Criminal Biographies: Explaining Perpetrators’ ‘Route to Crime’ using War Crimes Trial Documentation,” in Simone Lässig and Volker Berghahn (eds.), Biography between Structure and Agency: Approaches to German History (New York and London: Berghahn Books and Oxford University Press, 2008): 162-181.

“Confessions of Wrong-doing or How to save yourself from the Hangman? An Analysis of British and American Intelligence Reports of the Activities of Otto Ohlendorf, May-December 1945,” in David Bankier (ed.), Secret Intelligence and the Holocaust (New York and Jerusalem:  Enigma Books and Yad Vashem, 2006): 301-326. 

Prizes and Awards

2021-2023 SSHRC Institutional Grant

2021-2023 Canadian Foundations for Innovation/John R. Evans Leaders Fund & ORF Infrastructure grant

2019-2023 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Insight Development Grant

2020 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research

2019-2020 Nipissing University Research Achievement Award

2019-2020 Nipissing University Student Union Sunshine Award

2009-2010 Hans Rosenberg Book Prize for The Nuremberg SS-Einsatzgruppen Trial, 1945-1958: Atrocity, Law, and History awarded by the Conference Group fest book in Central European History of the American Historical Association

2008-2009 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching