Department of History

West Chester University

506 Main Hall
Phone: 610-436-3220
Fax: 610-436-3069


Jonathan Friedman

Jonathan Friedman

Professor of History

Office Location: 409 Main Hall
Phone: 610-436-2972
Email: jfriedman@wcupa.edu

Current Vita

Teaching Interests:

Holocaust; Modern Jewish History; Modern Germany; 19th and 20th Century Europe; American Jewish History; Holocaust in Film; History of Racism; Gay America; Public History; Media Studies; the Performing Arts in History.

Current Research:

Dr. Friedman is currently working on a volume dealing with the history of social protest in popular music in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Brief Biography:

Before his appointment as director of WCU's Holocaust and Genocide Studies program in 2002, Dr. Friedman served as the director of research on two exhibitions at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum—one on the 1936 Berlin Olympics and the other on medicine during the Third Reich. He has also worked as an advising historian at Steven Spielberg's Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation. Author or editor of six books, including The Lion and the Star: Gentile-Jewish Relations in Three Hessian Communities, 1919-1945 (University of Kentucky Press, 1996), Rainbow Jews: Gay and Jewish Identity in the Performing Arts (Lexington Books, 2007), and The Routledge History of the Holocaust (Routledge, 2011), Dr. Friedman received his Ph.D. in modern European history from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1996.