Dr Mathew Turner

Dr Mathew Turner

Mathew Turner completed his PhD at Deakin in 2016, is a former German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) research scholar, and undertook a postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Holocaust Studies (Zentrum für Holocaust-Studien) in Munich from June to October 2018. Mathew works in the field of contemporary German history, with a focus on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, as well as German antisemitism and responses to Holocaust denial.

Mathew has presented at several international conferences, including “Remembering Across the Iron Curtain” at the University of York (September 2018), the British Association for Holocaust Studies Annual Conference in Leeds (July 2018), “Words That Kill” at the American University of Paris (May 2018), the International Association of Genocide Scholars Conference in Brisbane (July 2017), and German Studies Association Annual Conference in San Diego (September 2016).

 Mathew has had journal articles accepted for publication in European History Quarterly and Genocide Studies and Prevention. His book titled Historians at the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial: their Role as Expert Witnesses was published by I.B.Tauris in 2018.


·      Mathew Turner, Historians at the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial: Their Role as Expert Witnesses, I.B.Tauris, London, 2018.

 ·      Tony Joel, Donna Frieze, Mathew Turner, ‘Educational Bridges to the Intangible: an Australian Perspective to Teaching and Learning about the Holocaust’ in Andy Pearce (ed.), Remembering the Holocaust in Educational Settings, Routledge, 2018.

 ·      Mathew Turner, Tony Joel, David Lowe, ‘“Between Politics and Scholarship”: the First Decade of the Institut für Zeitgeschichte, 1948-1958’, (accepted by European History Review, July 2018).

 ·      Rebecca Gidley and Mathew Turner, ‘Judicializing History: Mass Crimes Trials and Historians as Expert Witnesses’, (accepted by Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal, July 2018).

 ·      Tony Joel, Mathew Turner, Colin Hutchinson, ‘From “Playing Dead” to Turning Pro: the Victorian Football League’s Switch to Professionalism in 1911’, The International Journal of the History of Sport, (scheduled for 2018).

 ·      Mathew Turner, ‘“Historians’ Disgrace?” Götz Aly, Raul Hilberg, and the Institut für Zeitgeschichte’”, Inside Story, < http://insidestory.org.au/historians-disgrace/>, 14 November 2017.

 ·      Mathew Turner, ‘Denial – a timely reminder that we should confront distortions of history’, The Conversation website, <https://theconversation.com/denial-a-timely-reminder-that-we-should-confront-distortions-of-history-75853>, 12 April 2017.

 Conference Papers

·      ‘Cold War Courtroom: Politicising the Holocaust in the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial, 1963-1965’, Remembering Across the Iron Curtain in the Cold War Era: The Emergence of Holocaust Memory, York, 3-4 September 2018.

 ·      ’Learning and Teaching the Holocaust from Afar: an Australian Perspective’, British Association for Holocaust Studies Fifth Annual Conference, Leeds, 24-26 July 2018.

 ·      ‘Volksverhetzung: Historians, Public Policy, and Holocaust Denial in Germany, 1965-1994’, “Words That Kill”: George and Irina Schaeffer Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights and Conflict Prevention, Paris, 28-30 May 2018.

 ·      ‘A “Blueprint” for History? Prosecutors, Historians, and the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial’, The Thirteenth Meeting of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, Brisbane, 9-13 July 2017.

 ·      ‘“Gutachten are worthless here”: Historians as Experts, Judicial Irrelevance, and the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial, 1963-1965’, German Studies Association 40th Annual Conference, San Diego, 29 September-2 October 2016.

 ·      ‘The “Men from Munich” and the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial’, Sechstes Doktoranden-Seminar des Fritz Bauer Institutes, Martin-Niemöller-Haus, Arnoldshain, Germany, September 2014.

 ·      ‘Shaping Historiography: The Auschwitz Trial and Historians as Expert Witnesses’, 16. Wissenschaftliches Halbjahrsgespräch des Lehrstuhls für Neuere und Neueste Geschichte Wintersemester 2013-14, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena, 30 January 2014.

 ·      ‘German Historians as Expert Witnesses and the Shaping of Holocaust Historiography: the case of Martin Broszat’, Contemporary History: The past that’s still with us, Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Deakin University, Waterfront Campus, 30 November 2012.

 ·      ‘German Historians and the Shaping of Holocaust Historiography – Peter Longerich’s The Unwritten Order’, (Post)Dok-Plattform, Erfahrungsgeschichte und „Die gesellschaftliche Konstruktion der Wirklichkeit“ Universität zu Köln, Historisches Institut, 7 July 2012.


Email: m.turner@deakin.edu.au