Position:
 
Honorary Research Senior Fellow
 
Contact Details:
 
Email: d.obrien6@uq.edu.au
 
Qualifications:
 
BA (Hons), Macquarie University, Sydney
MA (Hons), Macquarie University, Sydney
PhD, Macquarie University, Sydney

Research Interests:
  • Ancient, Medieval and Modern Jewish History
  • History of Antisemitism
  • History of Race Science
  • Holocaust Studies
  • Genocide Studies
  • Genocide and the Professions
 
Recent Invited Presentations/Lectures:
  • ‘The Historiography of the Blood Libel and Western Tradition’ at the International Conference on Anti-Semitism on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Beilis Trial, “From the Beilis Trial to Berlin and Beyond”, Ukrainian Jewish Committee, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the Government of Ukraine, Kiev, 16 October, 2013.
  • ‘Genocide in the Presence and Absence of Hate’ at the Racism, Genocide and the Holocaust, Professional Development Seminar at the Sydney Jewish Museum, Darlinghurst, 20 March 2013.
  • “Hellmut Schramm, Heinrich Himmler and Der jüdische Ritualmord: An Unexplored Nazi use of the Blood Libel Accusation to Foment Hate and Facilitate the Deportation of Jews in 1943 - 1944” at the 2nd International Conference on Hate Studies, 6-9 April 2011, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington, USA.
  • “The Holocaust in Film” at the Racism, Genocide and the Holocaust, Professional Development Seminar at the Sydney Jewish Museum, Darlinghurst, 28 March, 2011.
  • “The Evolution of Dehumanisation: The Blood Libel Then and Now” Limmud Oz, 11-13 June 2011, University of New South Wales.
  • Public Lecture and book launch: The Pinnacle of Hatred The Blood Libel and the Jews, joint hosted by the Department of History and the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, University of Queensland, 15 August, 2011.
 
Publications:

Books:
  • The Pinnacle of Hatred: the Blood Libel and the Jews, Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism, Magnes Press, Hebrew University, (Jerusalem, 2011).
 
Publisher:
  • Der Stürmer The Nazi Newspaper of Hate, 1923-1930, Vol. 1, 1019 pages, IllusB&W, ISBN 0975042311, (Digital NSDAP Documents, Brisbane, 2015).
  • Der Stürmer The Nazi Newspaper of Hate, 1939-1941, Vol. 4, 1744 pages, IllusB&W, ISBN 0975042300, (Digital NSDAP Documents, Sydney, 2003).
 
Articles:
  • Darren O’Brien, ‘The Ritual Murder Allegation: Problems and Avenues of Inquiry’, Genocide Perspectives, Vol. II (Brandl and Schlesinger and the AIHGS, Sydney, 2003).
  • Darren O’Brien, ‘Genocide in Kosovo?’ International Network on Holocaust and Genocide, Vol.14, No.1 (CCGS, Macquarie University, Sydney, 1999).
  • Darren O’Brien, ‘Five Years of Hate’, International Network on Holocaust and Genocide, Vol.13, No.3 (CCGS, Macquarie University, Sydney, 1998).
  • Darren O’Brien and Richard Tidyman, ‘Documenting Genocide’, Teaching History, Vol.32, No.4 (History Teacher’s Association of NSW, Sydney, 1998).
  • Darren O’Brien, ‘Donald Watt’s Stoker The Perils of Testimony’, Centre for Comparative Genocide Studies Newsletter, Vol.3, No.3 (CCGS, Macquarie University, Sydney, 1997).
  • Darren O’Brien, ‘Hatred on the Net’, Centre for Comparative Genocide Studies Newsletter, Vol. 2, No.2 Vol.2 (CCGS, Macquarie University, Sydney, 1996).
  • Darren O’Brien and Richard Tidyman, ‘Der hohe Preis der Dichtung’, Jahrbuch für Antisemitismusforschung, 5, (Frankfurt/Main, 1996).
  • Darren O’Brien and Richard Tidyman, ‘Documenting Genocide’ Centre for Comparative Genocide Studies Newsletter, Vol.2, No.1 (CCGS, Macquarie University, Sydney, 1995).
  • Darren O’Brien and Richard Tidyman, ‘Mythology supports hatred’, The Weekend Australian, August 26-27, 1995.
  • Darren O’Brien and Richard Tidyman, ‘If This Be History’, International Network on Holocaust and Genocide, Vol. 10, Issue 2-3 (CCGS, Macquarie University, Sydney, 1995).
 
Reviews:
  • Darren O’Brien, Ber Mark, ‘The Scrolls of Auschwitz’, Centre for Comparative Genocide Studies Newsletter, Vol.2, No.1 (CCGS, Macquarie University, Sydney, 1995).
 
Comment:
  • ‘O’Brien Fires Back’, Journal for the Study of Antisemitism, Vol. 4, No. 2, (New Jersey, 2013), pp 829-831.
 
Other Activities and Service:
 
Assistant Editor:
  • Genocide Perspectives, Vol.I, (CCGS, Macquarie University, Sydney, 1997), 365 pages plus notes.
 
Editor:
  • Centre for Comparative Genocide Studies Newsletter, (Centre for Comparative Genocide Studies, hereafter CGSC) Macquarie University, Sydney, 1994-1997)
    • Vol.1 No.1 August-September 1994 Vol.1 No.2 December-January 1995
    • Vol.1 No.3 March-April 1995 Vol.1 No.4 June-July 1995
    • Vol.2 No.1 September-October 1995 Vol.2 No.2 December-January 1996
    • Vol.2 No.3 March-April 1996 Vol.2 No.4 June-July 1996
    • Vol.3 No.1 September-October 1996 Vol.4 No.1 December-January 1997
  • International Network on Holocaust and Genocide, (CCGS, Macquarie University, Sydney, 1998- 2000)
 
Foundation Member:
  • Australian Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
 
Editorial Board Member:
  • Journal for the Study of Antisemitism
 

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