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KNOXVILLE — An expert in German-Jewish relationships will speak on March 21 at the University of Tennessee.

Carole Fink
Carole Fink
Carole Fink, professor of history at Ohio State University, will present “Israel and West Germany: The Transformation of a ‘Special Relationship,’ 1969-1974” at 4 p.m. in the Black Cultural Center. Co-sponsored by the German Studies Workshop and the history department, the lecture is free and open to the public.

“Fink’s research helps to explain the legacy of the Holocaust — how the Holocaust and Germany’s guilt over that part of its history have influenced relations between the two countries in the years since,” said Denise Phillips, UT assistant professor of history.

Fink has a bachelor’s degree from Bard College and a master’s degree from Yale University. She’s been at OSU since 1991, and prior to that, taught at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, the State University of New York at Binghamton, Canisius College, Albertus Magnus College and Connecticut College.

A specialist in European international history and historiography, Fink has published three books, six edited volumes, one translation, and numerous articles and chapters. Her latest book, “Defending the Rights of Others: The Great Powers, the Jews and International Minority Protection, 1878-1938” (Cambridge University Press, 2004), won the George Louis Beer prize of the American Historical Association for the best book in European International History.

Fink also was an editor of the “AHA Guide to Historical Literature” and “Peace/Mir: An Anthology of Historical Perspectives to War.”

Fink teaches courses in 19th- and 20th-century European international history, Europe since 1945, and European historiography. Her current research is on German Ostpolitik after 1966 and German-Israeli relations in the 1960s, as well as on refugee problems during the 1920s and 1930s.

Denise Phillips, (865) 974-1473, aphill13@utk.edu
Amy Blakely, (865) 974-5034, amy.blakely@tennessee.edu