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Claus Bundgård Christensen

Claus Bundgård Christensen

Associate Professor

Member of NORFAS Steering Committee

Department of Communication and Arts, Roskilde University, Denmark


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Claus Bundgård Christensen is Associate Professor of History at Roskilde University, Denmark. He has published a number of scholarly books and articles in Danish, English, French and German on the First and Second World War, the Holocaust, national socialism, the war of extermination on the Eastern Front, and the far right and radicalism for publishers such as Oxford University Press, Palgrave, Routledge, Bloomsbury, Verlag Ferdinand Schöning and Presses universitaires de Strasbourg. He is the author and co-author of a number of critically acclaimed books including Under hagekors og Dannebrog. Danskere i Waffen SS 1940–45(Aschehoug, 1998), Danskere på vestfronten 1914–1918 (Gyldendal, 2009),Danmark besat – krig og hverdag 194045, Waffen-SS – Europas nazistiske soldater (Gyldendal, 2015),and Fra verdenskrig til borgerkrig. Østfronten 19141924 (Gyldendal, 2009). For the latter, he received the Danish Award History Book of the Year 2009 and the Svend Henningsen Award 2009In 2013 and 2015, he was nominated for the Danish Award History Book of the Year, and in 1998 and 2009 for Weekendavisens prize in literature. Bundgård Christensen has received highly competitive research grants for his work on the First World War experience of the Danish minority in Schleswig, as co-researcher for the project The History of the Waffen-SS. Ideology, Atrocities, and Reckoning with the Past, and for his forthcoming book on the Danish national socialist Wilfred Petersen’s organisation who invented a Nordic form of Nazism in the interwar period. Bundgård Christensen is member of the NORFAS steering committee.

Research interests

  • Fascism 
  • Genocide and perpetrators
  • First World War and Second World War 
  • Crime

Featured publications

Christensen, Claus Bundgård. 2020. “National identity and veteran culture in a border region: The Danish minority in the German Army during the First World War.” War in History 27 (1). 57-80.
Christensen, Claus Bundgård, Niels Bo Poulsen, and Martin Bo Nørregaard. 2018. Fra verdenskrig til borgerkrig. Østfronten 1914-1924. Set med danske øjne. Copenhagen: Gyldendal.
Christensen, Claus Bundgård. 2016. “Germanic volunteers in the Waffen-SS.”, In Jochen Böhler and Robert Gerwarth, eds., The Waffen-SS. A European History. Oxford University Press. 42-75.
Christensen, Claus Bundgård, Niels Bo Poulsen, and Peter Scharff Smith. 2015. Waffen-SS-Europas nazistiske soldater. Oslo: Dreyer forlag.
Christensen, Claus Bundgård. 2013. “National self-image, Commeration and Historiography in Denmark 1945-2010.” In John Gilmour and Jill Stephenson, eds., Hitlers Scandinavian Legacy. New York: Bloomsbury. 146-157.
Christensen, Claus Bundgård, Joachim Lund, Niels Wium Olesen and Jakob Sørensen. 2009. Danmark besat-krig og hverdag 1940-45, Copenhagen: Informations Forlag.
Christensen, Claus Bundgård. 2003. Den Sorte Børs. Copenhagen: Gyldendal.
Christensen, Claus Bundgård, Niels Bo Poulsen, and Peter Scharff Smith. 1998. Under hagekors og Dannebro – Danskere i Waffen SS. Copenhagen: Lindhardt og Ringhof.