Dr. Sofie Lene Bak

Sofie Lene Bak

Associate Professor

Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark




Sofie Lene Bak is Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. She is the author of several books, articles and papers on memory, anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, most recently Nothing to speak of: Wartime experiences of the Danish Jews 1943-45. She is former curator and research manager at the Danish Jewish Museum and is continuously dedicated to public history in developing TV documentaries, educational textbooks and features.

Research interests

  • History of anti-Semitism and racism
  • Holocaust
  • Second World War  
  • Public history
  • Oral history

Featured publications

  • Bak, Sofie Lene. 2021. “Danish Historical Narratives of the Occupation—The Promises and Lies of April 9th.” In Marianne Stecher-Hansen, ed., Nordic War Stories. World War II as History, Fiction, Media, and Memory. New York and Oxford: Berghahn. 35-48.
  • Bak, Sofie Lene. 2019. “Chronicles of a History Foretold: The Historiography of Danish Antisemitism.” In Jonathan Adams and Cordelia Heß, eds., Antisemitism in the North: History and State of Research. Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter. 127-138.
  • Bak, Sofie Lene. 2017. “Morality and crime in Denmark during the Second World War.” In Tyge Krogh, Louise Nyholm Kallestrup and Claus Bundgård Christensen, eds., Cultural Histories of Crime in Denmark, 1500 to 2000. New York: Routledge.
  • Bak, Sofie Lene, ed. 2016. Oral History in Denmark. Odense: University Press of Southern Denmark.
  • Bak, Sofie Lene. 2012. Da krigen var forbi: De danske jøders hjemkomst efter besættelsen. Copenhagen: Gyldendal.
  • Bak, Sofie Lene. 2012. Nothing to speak of. Wartime experiences of the Danish Jews 1943-45. Copenhagen: The Danish Jewish Museum.
  • Bak, Sofie Lene. 2004. Dansk Antisemitisme 1930-1945. Copenhagen: Aschehoug.
  • Bak, Sofie Lene. 2001. Jødeaktionen oktober 1943. Forestillinger i offentlighed og forskning, Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Forlag.