Shevet Achim Award Honorees

Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations

2023 Honoree: Dr. Victoria J. Barnett

Barnett Victoria SAVictoria J. Barnett is one of the world’s preeminent scholars of religion and the Holocaust, as well as a leading expert on the German Protestant theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer. She is the general editor of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works (English edition), author of Bystanders: Conscience and Complicity During the Holocaust (Greenwood, 2000) and For the Soul of the People: Protestant Protest against Hitler (Oxford University Press, 1992), and editor of "After Ten Years": Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Our Times (Fortress, 2017). She is also editor/translator of Wolfgang Gerlach’s And the Witnesses were Silent: the Confessing Church and the Jews (University of Nebraska Press, 2000) and the new revised edition of Eberhard Bethge’s Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Biography (Fortress Press, 2000).


Dr. Barnett served as Director of Programs on Ethics, Religion and the Holocaust at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum from 2004-2018. A graduate of Indiana University, Union Theological Seminary (New York) and George Mason University, her dissertation was a historical case study of the National Conference of Christians and Jews from 1933–1948. She is currently the Frank Talbott, Jr. Endowed Visiting Professor at the University of Virgina.