Beth A. Griech-Polelle

Kurt Mayer Chair of Holocaust Studies

Beth Griech-Polelle
Xavier Hall - Room 115
  • Professional
  • Personal

Additional Titles/Roles

  • Associate Professor of History


  • Ph.D., Modern European History, Rutgers, 1999
  • M.A., Modern European History, Rutgers
  • B.A., Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1987

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Holocaust Studies
  • Nazi Germany
  • European Women's History


Oversees the Powell-Heller Family Conference each year; organizes the Lemkin Lecturer; oversees the Mayer Summer Scholars program for undergraduates doing research; mentors students engaged in Lemkin essay contests; works to build the Holocaust and Genocide Studies minor at PLU; brings scholars and survivors together for presentations on campus.


  • Bishop von Galen: German Catholicism and National Socialism, (Yale University Press, 2002) : View Book
  • Trajectories of Memory: Intergenerational Representations of the Holocaust in History and the Arts, co-edited with Christina Guenther, (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008) : View Book
  • The Nuremberg War Crimes Trial and its Policy Consequences Today, editor, (NOMOS Verlag, 2008) : View Book

Professional Memberships/Organizations


Beth A. Griech-Polelle, the Kurt Mayer Chair of Holocaust Studies, earned her bachelor’s degree at Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and her M.A. and Ph.D. at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Her doctoral advisor was Professor Omer Bartov. She is the author of Bishop von Galen: German Catholicism and National Socialism (Yale University Press, 2002). She is the co-editor with Dr. Christina Guenther of the book, Trajectories of Memory: Intergenerational Representations of the Holocaust in History and the Arts (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008) and she is the editor of The Nuremberg Trials and Their Policy Consequences Today (NOMOS Verlag, Baden-Baden, Germany, 2008). In addition, she is the author of many chapters in books and numerous book reviews. She is currently under contract with Bloomsbury Academic Press, London, UK to write a textbook on antisemitism and the Holocaust.

She has presented papers at conferences all over the world, including at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Israel, the Belgian Academy of Rome, Rome, Italy, and The German Historical Institute in London, UK. She has participated in scholars’ workshops and seminars at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and has given lectures in various venues including the Toronto Holocaust Education Week and at many synagogues. She is dedicated to educating the general public and has given lectures at historical societies, local high schools and junior highs, and at professional days for public school teachers. In addition to her public speaking, Dr. Griech-Polelle is an editor of the online journal, Contemporary Church History Quarterly and she is currently serving as guest editor of the Journal of Jesuit Studies special edition on Jesuits and communism.

Her most recent book, Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust: Language, Rhetoric and Traditions of Hatred was published in 2017 by Bloomsbury Academic Press. She also edited a special edition of The Journal of Jesuit Studies for Brill Publishing on the subject of Jesuits and Bolshevism, forthcoming 2017. In addition, she has recently been invited to serve on the steering committee for higher education learning at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.


  • All areas of Holocaust and Genocide studies


Holocaust Education Foundation - Summer 2014
Cleaned Jewish cemeteries and execution sites in Poland