Karen Horn holds a C2 rating from the National Research Foundation. Her research interest lies within the genre of war and society and she is especially interested in lived experience of ordinary men and women as war participants, as well as in the effect of war and conflict on non-participants in the broader society.

She is the author of In Enemy Hands South Africa’s POWs in WWII, published by Jonathan Ball in 2015. Karen’s current research projects include military nursing during World War I and World War II, and Italian prisoners-of-war in the Union of South Africa during World War II.



Horn, Karen. In Enemy Hands – South Africa’s POWs in World War II. Cape Town: Jonathan Ball Publishers, 2015.

Book chapters

Horn, Karen. ‘Thinking historically: beyond names and dates towards historical understanding’ in Van Eeden, E & P Warnich (eds) Teaching History and Geography in the South African Classroom. Pretoria: Van Schaik, 2018. 

Journal articles

Horn, Karen & Michele van der Merwe. ‘Mobile concepts in a mobile environment: Historical terms in LSP lexicography’. Yesterday & Today 19, (2018): 17-34.

Horn, Karen. ‘“A sudden sickening sensation”: South African prisoner-of-war experience on board the San Sebastian, December 1941’. Historia 63 no. 1 (2018): 112-129.

Horn, Karen & David Katz. ‘The Surrender of Tobruk in 1942: Press Reports and Soldiers’ Memories’. Scientia Militaria Special Issue – The Union at War 1914 - 1953, 44 no.1 (2016): 190-208.

Horn, Karen. “Researching South African Prisoners-of-War experience during World War II: Historiography, archives and oral testimony.” Journal for Contemporary History, 39 no. 2 (2014): 82-100.

Horn, Karen. ‘“History from the inside” South African Prisoner-of-War Experience in Work Camp 1169, Dresden, 1943 – 1945’. War & Society, 33 no. 4 (2014): 269-282.

Horn, Karen. ‘Oral history in the classroom: clarifying the context through historical understanding’. Yesterday & Today 11, (2014):72-83.

Horn, Karen. ‘Changing attitudes among South African prisoners-of-war towards their Italian captors during World War II (1942 – 1943)’. Scientia Militaria 40 no. 3 (2013): 200-221. DOI:

Horn, Karen. ‘Narratives from North Africa: South African prisoner-of-war experience following the fall of Tobruk, June 1942’, Historia 56 no. 2 (2011): 94-112.

Horn, Karen. “‘Stalag Happy”: South African Prisoners of War during World War Two (1939–1945) and their Experience and Use of Humour’, South African Historical Journal 63 no. 4 (2011): 537-552.

Horn, Karen. ‘The Scottish Catholic Mission Stations in Bauchi Province, Nigeria: 1957 – 1970’. Journal of Religion in Africa 40 no 2 (2010): 149-162. 

Horn, K. 2009. “The Scottish Press and the Anglo-Boer War: the Edinburgh Evening News and The Scotsman (1899 – 1902)”. Historia, 54(2):158 – 177.


  • HB and MJ Thom Research Grant (R80 000), 2016
  • Andrew W Mellon Foundation Award (R50 000), 2013  

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