Dr. Caroline Sharples

Lecturer in Modern European History

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Livesey House, LH319

+44 (0) 1772 89 3047

Subject Areas: History

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.  

Full Profile

Caroline completed her PhD at the University of Southampton in 2007. Since then, she has taught a wide range of Modern European History modules at the Universities of 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. She joined UCLan in January 2015.


PhD History, University of Southampton, 2007.
MA Jewish History and Culture, University of Southampton, 2002.
BA (Hons) History, University of Southampton, 2001.


Caroline Sharples, ‘In Pursuit of Justice: Debating the Statute of Limitations for Nazi War Crimes in Britain and West Germany during the 1960s’, Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture & History, Vol. 20, No. 3 (2014) pp. 81-108.

Caroline Sharples & Olaf Jensen (eds), Britain and the Holocaust: Remembering and Representing War and Genocide (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

Caroline Sharples, West Germans and the Nazi Legacy (New York: Routledge, 2012).

The Kindertransport in British Historical Memory’, Yearbook of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, Vol. 13: Special edition: The Kindertransport to Britain: New Developments in Research (2012) pp. 15-27.


Caroline is currently working on two projects.

The first, Dead Nazis: Remembering and Representing Perpetrators before, during and after the Third Reich’ is a major investigation of death and commemorative practices in twentieth century Germany. It considers the development of martyrdom legends around fallen Nazis during the Third Reich itself – and the subsequent ‘denazification’ of related sites and memorials; the treatment of executed war criminals after 1945 and the fate of former Nazi perpetrators who have died of natural causes since the end of the war. The project also explores wider questions about the ethical treatment of the dead after conflict, and the particular challenges that the criminal corpse poses for society.

The second, Across the Seasons – Memory Matters Today is a collaborative initiative with Dr Fransiska Louwagie, Lecturer in French Studies at the University of Leicester and fellow member of the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. This project is designing and running an educational and performance workshop aged at Year 9 students in local schools which aims to raise awareness of the importance of the Jewish Holocaust in contemporary culture. It promotes the critical and active engagement of young people in the field of memory, exploring new avenues for Holocaust education and translating academic research perspectives to the classroom. This project has been generously funded by the Toni Schiff Memorial Fund.


‘Respecting the dead? Approaching perpetrator corpses in the aftermath of conflict’, National Conference of Learning from Conflict, Bolton (10 September 2015).

'Extremely Uncommon Murderers': Remembering and Representing Executed Nazi War Criminals since 1945', Encountering Perpetrators, University of Winchester (1-3 September 2015).

‘What do you do with a dead Nazi? Commemorating Holocaust perpetrators and victims since 1945’, Another time, another place? Challenges in commemorating, teaching and researching the Holocaust 70 years on - second annual conference of the British Association for Holocaust Studies, University of Birmingham (21-22 July 2015).

‘The Death of Nazism? Investigating Perpetrator Remains and Survival Rumours in Post-war Germany’, When is Death?, University of Leicester (16-18 April 2015).

‘Secret Spaces? The Struggle over Nazi Graves since 1945’, Monstrous Geographies, Lisbon, Portugal (24 March 2015).

‘The State of UK Holocaust Education’, Britain and the Holocaust – inaugural conference of the British Association for Holocaust Studies, University of Edinburgh (1-2 September 2014).

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

HYC101: Introduction to History.

HY1117: State and Society in Europe, 1815-1914.

HY2006: Europe in an Age of Atrocity, 1914-2000.

HY3005: Germany under the Nazis.


External Activities

External examiner for Modern History at Nottingham Trent University.

Honorary Visiting Fellow of the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Leicester.

Peer referee for Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History.


Member of the German History Society.

Member of the British Association for Holocaust Studies.

Fellow of the Holocaust Educational Foundation (2010).