Professor Rebecca Boehling is Director of the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen. Professor Boehling, a US national, was until December 2012 Director of the Dresher Center for the Humanities at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) which promotes interdisciplinary research in the humanities. She is also Professor for History and Affiliate Professor both for Jewish Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies. Professor Boehling is an expert in the history of the Holocaust, World War II and the early postwar period in Germany. She served for several years on the Historical Advisory Panel to the U.S. Government’s Interagency Working Group for the Implementation of the 1998 Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Government Records Federal Disclosure Act, tasked to declassify material related to WWII war crimes.
The historian has studied and researched in Germany for several years on various research projects, including in Kiel, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich, and had a research fellowship at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Leo Baeck Institute in New York. In 1980 Boehling received her M.A. and in 1990 her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Central European History. Last year, she published with Cambridge University Press together with co-author Uta Larkey the story of a Jewish family from Essen in Life and Loss in the Shadow of the Holocaust based on hundreds of family letters.