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Walter Manoschek is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the Department of Government at the University of Vienna. He studied political science at the University of Vienna, which awarded him a Ph. D. in 1991. His dissertation „Serbien ist judenfei!“ Militärische Besatzungspolitik und Judenvernichtung in Serbien 1941/42“ was awarded the “Fraenkel Prize” in 1992. It was the first monography which dealt with the extensive involvement of the Wehrmacht in the Holocaust and was published 1993, in a second edition 1995 and translated in Serbian 2004. After his habilitation, he was appointed Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Vienna. His research focuses on National Socialism, holocaust studies and the politics of remembrance. From 1995 to 1999, he was one of the designers and organizers of the groundbreaking exhibition “War of Annihilation. Crimes of the Wehrmacht 1941-1944” (Vernichtungskrieg. Verbrechen der Wehrmacht 1941-1944) produced by the Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung. In 2003 he, together with a research team, published a voluminous 900 pages anthology about Austrian deserters in the Wehrmacht, which was named a standard work by the German weekly magazine “Die Zeit”. As a social scientist he always tries with his work to leave some marks in society. In the case of the Austrian deserters it culminated in a memorial for the deserters which was uncloacked in autumn 2014 on the Ballhausplatz, which is the most prominent place in Vienna. In 2008 he edited the anthology „The Discursive Construction of History. Remembering the Wehrmacht´s ́War of Annihilation Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke – New York 2008 (together with Hannes Heer, Alexander Pollak and Ruth Wodak). In 2009 Manoschek published an anthology with his students called “Der Fall Rechnitz” which deals with the killing of about 200 Hungarian Jews in the last weeks of the war in Austria. Since 2014 he is the manager of a project called “Politics of Remembrance” where political scientists, social anthropologists, landscape architects and historians analyse all mementos which were placed in Vienna during the last 20 years dealing with National Socialism and Holocaust. Starting with a scholarship at Yad Vashem in 2014, he is working on a project called “Ghetto Society. Survival Strategies of Austrian Jews in the Ghettos of the Lublin and Radom District in the Generalgouvernement Area of Poland, 1941-1945”. From 2008 till 2012 he produced and directed a documentary called “If that´s so, then I´m a murderer!”. The film had it´s world premier at the Viennale Film Festival 2012 where it won the Prize of Recognition of the City of Vienna. Until now the film was shown in several German and Austrian broadcasting channels, at numerous film festivals, Universities and Holocaust Centers in Europe and in the USA. In spring 2015 Manoschek published a monography called „Dann bin ich ja ein Mörder!“. The book is a supplement to the film. The DVD is enclosed to the book. In May 2016 his book „Dann bin ich ja ein Mörder!“ was awarded Book of the Month by the University of Vienna.
Right now he is working on a project called “Ghetto Society” dealing with the fate of more then 12.000 Austrian Jews who were deported to six ghettos in the “Generalgouvernment” in 1941 and 1942 before most of them where killed in the gas chambers of “Aktion Reinhard”.