Director, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
David Frey is an Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the United States Military Academy at West Point. At West Point, where he won the 2010 History Department Teaching Excellence Award, he teaches a range of courses, including Western Civilization, Genocide, the Holocaust, Modern German history, Modern Central European history, African history, Fascism, and the History of Race, Nation & Ethnicity.
As Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Dr. Frey has spearheaded efforts to increase awareness and understanding of the phenomenon of genocide, its history, and means of prevention at West Point, at other service academies, and throughout the Department of Defense. He has created inter-academy networks; facilitated projects, research and workshops involving academe, NGOs, museums, foundations, and the DoD; and helped develop innovative materials for teaching military audiences about mass atrocity.
With the support of Fulbright-Hays, DAAD, Mellon Foundation, Harriman Foundation, and ACLS fellowships, he earned his Ph.D. in Central European History at Columbia University in 2003. Dr. Frey came to West Point after teaching at Columbia as a Lecturer from 2003-2004. I.B. Tauris will publish his manuscript, Jews, Nazis, and the Cinema of Hungary: The Tragedy of Success, 1929-44, in 2012 or early 2013. His articles have appeared in numerous edited volumes, including the award-winning Cinema and the Swastika, and journals such as Nationalities Papers and KinoKultura.
His new research involves human rights, espionage, deportations, show trials and the rhetoric and memory of the Holocaust using newly declassified records of the State Department's post-World War Two Treaty Violations [TREVI] Program, a previously classified spy ring known as "the Pond", and Hungarian National and State Security Archives. Dr. Frey has received support for this project from Department of Defense and the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice. Beginning in August 2012, he will be Fulbright Scholar and conduct research in Hungary.