Personal profile


Caroline Sharples was awarded her PhD in History by the University of Southampton in 2007 for a thesis that explored the popular impact of Nazi war crime trials in 1960s West Germany. Since then, she has taught a wide range of Modern European History modules at the Universities of Central Lancashire, Leicester, Liverpool and Sheffield and held a research fellowship at the University of Sussex, working on the current state of Holocaust education in England. She is an Honorary Visiting Fellow of the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, based in Leicester, and was a 2010 Fellow of the Holocaust Educational Foundation at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Research interests

Caroline specialises in modern German history, specifically memories of National Socialism and representations of the Holocaust. She has published on the resonance of war crimes trials in 1960s West Germany, as well as the remembrance of the Kindertransport within Britain. She is currently working on a major study of death, burial practices, memorials and commemorative rituals before, during and after the Third Reich.  


  • D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
  • DD Germany