The Five Germanys He Has Known: Symposium in Honor of Fritz Stern

Jan 29, 2007

Event at the Westin Embassy Row Hotel, Washington, DC | Conveners: Gerald Livingston (GHI) in collaboration with Jeff Andersen (BMW Center for German and European Studies) and Jackson Janes (AICGS)


  • Marion Deshmukh (George Mason University)
  • Hope Harrison (George Washington University)
  • Claudia Koonz (Duke University)
  • Robert Gerald Livingston (German Historical Institute)
  • Charles Maier (Harvard University)
  • Jerry Z. Muller (Catholic University)


  • Fritz Stern (Columbia University)


  • Roger Chickering (Georgetown University)

Fritz Stern established himself as one of the preeminent interpreters of the German past with his first book, The Politics of Cultural Despair, in 1961. The publication of his memoirs Five Germanys I Have Known provides occasion to take stock of a lifetime’s reflections the central issues of modern history. 

This event is generously sponsored by the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, the BMW Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University, the German Historical Institute Washington, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Goethe-Institut Washington, and Farrar, Straus and Giroux.