Uta Larkey

Associate ProfessorModern Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

Uta Larkey is an Associate Professor at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD. She received her doctorate at the Humboldt University, Berlin. At Goucher, she teaches a wide range of courses, which include German language, culture and film courses, an Israeli film course and several courses in Holocaust Studies. Her research and scholarship in Holocaust Studies earned her several prestigious fellowships and culminated in several publications. As a Scholar-in-Residence she contributed to the project Families, Children and the Holocaust at the Hadassah Brandeis Institute. Her related book chapter is included in the edited volume Jewish Families in Europe 1939-Present (2017). She was a Fellow-in-Residence at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at USHMM, working on her research project Narrating Horror: Language and Identity in Early Postwar German-Language Interviews and Testimonies. Uta Larkey’s co-authored book Life and Loss in the Shadow of the Holocaust: A Jewish Family's Untold Story (2011) was translated into Portuguese and published in Brazil. When she is not teaching or engaged in her research Uta Larkey very much enjoys traveling and watching films.

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Research, Scholarship, Creative Work in Progress

My current research project focuses on aspects of Jewish displaced persons (DPs) in postwar Germany (1945-50) – their daily lives in DP camps, emigration attempts and clandestine immigration to Palestine (pre-state Israel).



Life and Loss in the Shadow of the Holocaust: A Jewish Family's Untold Story, co‐authored with Rebecca Boehling (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011).

Book Chapters

Transcending Memory in Multigenerational Holocaust Survivors’ Families, in Jewish Families in Europe, 1939­Present: History, Representation, and Memory, ed. Joanna Michlic (Lebanon, NH: University Press of New England, 2017).

“Impediments to Escape: Palestine,” in How was it Possible? A Holocaust Reader, Peter Hayes, ed., (Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2015), p. 222-236.


“Past Forward: Oral History Interviews with Holocaust Survivors and Storytelling,” Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals 13:02 (Spring 2017), p. 133-142. Focus issue on “Storytelling: Oral Histories, Archives, and Museums” guest edited by Greg Lambousy and Mark Cave, edited by Juilee Decker. 

“Multilingualism in Contemporary Israeli Film,” MEDAON, Journal for Jewish Life in Research and Education, 13 (2013) p. 1-14, in German.

“New Places, New Identities: The (Ever) Changing Concept of ‘Heimat,’”

German Politics and Society, Volume 26, Number 2, summer 2008, p. 24-44.

Book Reviews

 Patricia Heberer, Children during the Holocaust, Holocaust and Genocide Studies (Lanham, Maryland: AltaMira Press), Vol. 24, Number 3 (Winter 2012), 488‐91.

Baccetta/Power, Right Wing Women (Routledge 2002), Women Studies International Forum. Vol. 26, Issue 4 (July‐August 2003), p. 385.

External Awards, Honors, Grants

Fellow‐in‐residence, “Life Reborn” Fellowship, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC, February 1‐ June 30, 2013.

Fellow, Summer Institute, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis

University, Boston, MA and Israel, June 15-July 8, 2010.

Scholar-in-residence, Families, Children and the Holocaust, Hadassah

Brandeis Institute, Brandeis University, Boston, MA, January 15 - May 31, 2010.

Conference Papers & Panel Participation

“Ever onward to Eretz Israel:” Filmic Representations of Brichah Activities in post-WWII Europe, Western Jewish Studies Association, Claremont, CA, March 26, 2017.

Desired Destination: Palestine:” Immigration of Jewish Displaced Persons from the U.S. Zone in post-WWII Germany to Eretz Israel (1945-49), Association for Israel Studies, 32nd Annual Conference, Jerusalem, Israel, June 20, 2016.

Collecting Memory: Early Post-WWII Testimonies in Jewish DP camps in the U.S. Zone, German Studies Association, Washington, DC, October 4, 2015.

Under Multiple Threats: Polish Jews in Leipzig and the Polenaktion of 1938, Polish Institute Leipzig, Germany, August 25, 2015.

Diverse Voices and Identities in Jewish Displaced Persons Camps in the U.S. Zone of post-WWII Germany (1945-50), Annual Conference, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion, Tel Aviv, Israel, July 7, 2015.

Multilingualism in Current Israeli Cinema, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Montreal, Canada, March 25, 2015.

Early Post-WWII German-Language Interviews and Testimonies by Jewish DPs in the U.S. Zone, Lessons and Legacies, Boca Raton, FL, October 31, 2014.

Shared Memories in Holocaust Survivors’ Families, German Studies Association, Denver, CO, October 6, 2013.

Narrating Horror: Early Post-WWII German Language Testimonies by Jewish DPs in the U.S. Zone, USHMM, Washington, DC, May 22, 2013.

Multilingualism in Current Israeli Film, Association for Israel Studies, Haifa, Israel, June 25, 2012.

Searching for the Roots our Parents Tried to Cut Off: Memories in Holocaust Survivors’ Families, American Responses to the Holocaust: Transatlantic Perspectives, Conference of the Netherlands American Studies Association and Belgian Luxembourg American Studies Association in cooperation with the Institute of Jewish Studies, University of Antwerp, Belgium, June 17, 2011.

Shared Memories and Gender: Holocaust Memory in Survivors’ Families, Symposium “Rising from the Ashes: Jewish Families and Children during and after the War,” Hadassah Brandeis Institute, Waltham, MA, April 12, 2010.

Invited Talks

Dilemma of Subtitles in Israeli Film, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies Scholars Symposium, Brandeis University, Boston, MA, April 19, 2015.

Fear and Terror: The Deportations of Polish Jews in October 1938, 6th Annual Summer Workshop for Holocaust Scholars, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem/Israel, July 8, 2014.

The Shoah in Israeli Culture, Memory and Politics, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, April 27-28, 2014.

Trauma, Memory and History: Life in Jewish DP Camps (1945-50), University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, March 31, 2014.

Traces of Memory: Representations of the Holocaust in German Feature Films, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, March 7, 2014.

Life and Loss in the Shadow of the Holocaust, Research Seminar, Center for Jewish Studies, Manchester University/UK, October 18, 2012.

Academic or Professional Associations

AATG  American Association of Teachers of German

AIS      Association for Israel Studies

GSA    German Studies Association

HEF     Holocaust Educational Foundation

SCMS  Society for Cinema and Media Studies

Network Displaced Persons Research, University Bonn/Germany

Other Professional or Scholarly Activity

In recent years I have been invited for film introductions and discussion at the Baltimore Jewish Film Festival and the Jewish Film Festival in Düsseldorf/Germany.