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Dr. David Frey

Professor / Director Center Holocaust and Genocide Studies
US Army

Contact Information:
Office Location: TH 145
Phone: 845.938.7643

David Frey is a 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.  Dr. Frey is an innovator in creating interdisciplinary courses and projects.

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; helped develop innovative materials for teaching military audiences about mass atrocity and for helping the U.S. Government detect and prevent mass atrocity; and promoted curricular change integrating genocide studies into the courses taught at Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and West Point. 
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 2015. His articles have appeared in numerous edited volumes, including the award-winning Cinema and the Swastika, and journals such as the Journal of Contemporary History, Nationalities Papers and The Hungarian Studies Review.  He recently co-authored Ordinary Soldiers, A Study in Law, Ethics and Leadership, a joint publication of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at West Point and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  
His current 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. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Hungary in 2012.  His research there was supported by grants from the Department of Defense, the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice, and the American-Hungarian Fulbright Commission. His West Point projects have been supported by the Army Research Office and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.