German/European & Jewish History

Modern German history and the history of German-speaking Jewry have been core research fields at the GHI since the institute’s founding in 1987. German migrations to North America, relations between Germany and the United States, and the flight of German Jews from Nazi Germany have been major research topics since the GHI’s early years. More recently, the GHI has given increased attention to the transnational and global dimensions of German, Central European, and Jewish history.

Photo Credit: E. Zimmermann, Satirical Map of Europe, ca. 1914, Library of Congress.

Team


Projects


German Heritage in Letters

German Heritage in Letters is a project to create a digital collection of German-language correspondence currently held in private hands, by archives, by special collection libraries, museums, and other institutions.

German History in Documents and Images (GHDI)

GHDI is a comprehensive collection of primary source materials documenting Germany's political, social, and cultural history from 1500 to the present.

German History Intersections

The German History Intersections project is a transatlantic initiative that will begin by examining three broad themes – German identity; migration; and knowledge and education – over as many as five centuries.

Innovation through Tradition? Jewish Educational Media and Cultural Transformation in the Face of Modernity Religion, Knowledge, and Education as Key Elements of Socio-Cultural Transformation

German-Israeli cooperative research project bringing that investigates the transformation of Jewish daily life through the prism of its central spaces of teaching, learning and knowledge.

Events & Conferences


Jun 08, 2022

“The sea lays like an insulating layer between the home world and the course of these days”: Times and Places of Liminality in the Emigration Process

Virtual Lecture | Speaker: Joachim Schlör (University of Southampton); comment: Leora Auslander (University of Chicago)

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Jun 14, 2022

27th Transatlantic Doctoral Seminar: German History in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Seminar at GHI Washington and BMW Center, Georgetown University | Conveners: Anna von der Goltz (Georgetown University) and Richard F. Wetzell (GHI Washington)

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Oct 10, 2022

Histories of Migration: Transatlantic and Global Perspectives

Sixth Annual Bucerius Young Scholars Forum at the Pacific Regional Office of the GHI in Berkeley | Conveners: Frithjof Benjamin Schenk (Department of History, University of Basel) and Sören Urbansky (Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington, Berkeley)

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Nov 03, 2022

German Migrants and Migrating Knowledge in Latin American History

Conference at GHI Washington | Conveners: Simone Lässig (GHI Washington), Mario Peters (GHI Washington), H. Glenn Penny (University of Iowa), Stefan Rinke (Freie Universität Berlin)

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May 25, 2023

Work, Class, and Social Democracy in the Global Age of August Bebel (1840-1913)

Conference at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto | Conveners: James Retallack (University of Toronto), Simone Lässig (GHI Washington) and Swen Steinberg (GHI Washington)

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Publications


Moritz Föllmer and Pamela E. Swett, eds.

Reshaping Capitalism in Weimar and Nazi Germany

Publications of the German Historical Institute. Cambridge University Press, 2022.

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Paul LernerUwe SpiekermannAnne Schenderlein, eds.

Jewish Consumer Cultures in Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Europe and North America

Worlds of Consumption. New York: Palgrave McMillan, 2022.

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Patrick Gaul

Ideale und Interessen: Die mitteleuropäische Wirtschaft im Amerikanischen Bürgerkrieg

Transatlantische Historische Studien. Band 61. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2021.

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Simone Lässig, ed.

Digital History

Special Issue, Geschichte und Gesellschaft 47.1 (2021)

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Elisabeth Piller

Selling Weimar: German Public Diplomacy and the United States, 1918–1933

Transatlantische Historische Studien. Band 60. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2021.

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Bulletin 67 (Fall 2020)

Forum: New Research in Transatlantic History

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Sophia Dafinger

Die Lehren des Luftkriegs: Sozialwissenschaftliche Expertise in den USA vom Zweiten Weltkrieg bis Vietnam

Transatlantische Historische Studien. Band 59. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2020.

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Latest News


Opportunities

Intern at the German Historical Institute

Deadline: July 31, 2022 | The GHI Internship Program gives students of history, political science, public relations, and public administration at…

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Call for Papers

Work, Class, and Social Democracy in the Global Age of August Bebel (1840-1913)

Deadline: August 22, 2022 | Conference at the University of Toronto, May 25–27, 2023

 

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Friends of the German Historical Institute

The Friends of the German Historical Institute Washington award Fritz Stern Dissertation Prize to Tamar Menashe

The Fritz Stern Dissertation prize will be awarded at the 30th Annual Symposium of the Friends of the German Historical Institute Washington on May…

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Friends of the German Historical Institute

13th Gerald D. Feldman Memorial Lecture at the German Historical Institute Washington with Celia Applegate

On May 12, 2022, GHI Washington is honored to welcome Celia Applegate (Vanderbilt University) as the speaker of the 13th Gerald D. Feldman Memorial…

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Video

Watch recording of our event "Objects, Cultural Heritage, and Belonging"

If you were unable to watch our event "Objects, Cultural Heritage, and Belonging" live, it is now available on our Vimeo channel.

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