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.


Isabel Richter

Deputy Director
Pacific Office of the German Historical Institute Washington
Institute of European Studies | University of California, Berkeley | 249 Philosophy Hall | Berkeley, CA 94720-2316
Phone +1.202.552.8936

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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

Mar 05, 2024

Degrees of Order, Measures of Freedom: Modern German History and the Challenge of Postmodern Historiography

Gerda Henkel Lecture Tour at University of California, Berkeley, 223 Philosophy Hall | Speaker: Paul Nolte (Freie Universität Berlin)

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Mar 07, 2024

Ugliness as Political Construct

Lecture on Zoom | Speaker: Moshtari Hilal

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Mar 07, 2024

GHI Colloquium

Speakers: Tamar Aizenberg (Brandeis University) and Annika Bärwald (Universität Bremen)

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Mar 07, 2024

Crisis or Transformation? From Good-old Democracy to Rough Democracy, ca. 1970-2020

Gerda Henkel Lecture Tour at University of Nevada, Reno, Schulich Lecture Hall, SLH2 | Speaker: Paul Nolte (Freie Universität Berlin)

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Mar 14, 2024

Germany in the World, 1500-2000: Reflections on a Theme

Book Talk at Institute of International Studies at UC Berkeley | 223 Philosophy Hall | Speaker: David Blackbourn (Vanderbilt University)

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Mar 18, 2024

The Other Enslavement: Notes on Unthinkable Europeans in Unequal Europes

Lecture at GHI Pacific Office | (201 Philosophy Hall, UC Berkeley) Speaker: Manuela Boatcă (University of Freiburg); Moderator: Fabio Heupel Santos (Tandem Fellow, German Historical Institute Washington | Pacific Office Berkeley)

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Mar 19, 2024

The Central American Insurgencies and the Human Rights Culture War in the Federal Republic of Germany, 1979 –1990

Lecture at GHI Pacific Office (201 Philosophy Hall, UC Berkeley) | Speaker: Felix A. Jiménez Botta (Miyazaki International College); Moderator: Akasemi Newsome (Institute of European Studies)

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Apr 14, 2024

Music, Knowledge, and Global Migration, ca. 1700−1900

Symposium at the University of California, Berkeley | Conveners: Tina Frühauf (Columbia University/The CUNY Graduate Center, New York), Simone Lässig (German Historical Institute Washington), and Francesco Spagnolo (The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, UC Berkeley)

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Apr 18, 2024

Spy vs. Spy: West German Counterintelligence and GDR Espionage

Lecture at GHI Washington | Speaker: Michael Wala (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

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Apr 26, 2024

German Blood, Slavic Soil: How Nazi Königsberg Became Soviet Kaliningrad

Lecture at GHI Pacific Offce (201 Philosophy Hall, UC Berkeley) | Speaker: Nicole Eaton, Associate Professor of History, Boston College

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May 01, 2024

Research Seminar (Hybrid)

Viola Alianov-Rautenberg (GHI Washington, Pacific Office)

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Jun 23, 2024

29th Transatlantic Doctoral Seminar: German History in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Seminar at the Harnack Haus, Berlin-Dahlem | Conveners: Anna von der Goltz (Georgetown University), Stefanie Schueler-Springorum (Zentrum für Antisemitismusforschung, Technische Universität Berlin), and Richard Wetzell (GHI Washington)

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Michael Weaver

Political Friendship: Liberal Notables, Networks, and the Pursuit of the German Nation State, 1848-1866

Studies in German History. Vol. 29. New York: Berghahn Books, 2024.

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Bulletin 72 (Fall 2023)

Forum: The German Treatment of Soviet Prisoners of War During The Second World War

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Adam Bisno

Big Business and the Crisis of German Democracy: Liberalism and the Grand Hotels of Berlin, 1875–1933

Publications of the German Historical Institute. Cambridge University Press, 2023.

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Ilko-Sascha Kowalczuk

End Game: The 1989 Revolution in East Germany

Studies in German History. Vol. 26. New York: Berghahn Books, 2022.

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Bulletin 70 (Fall 2022)

Forum: Rethinking Cross-Border Connections

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Anna Corsten

Unbequeme Erinnerer: Emigrierte Historiker in der westdeutschen und US-amerikanischen NS- und Holocaust-Forschung, 1945–1998

Transatlantische Historische Studien. Band 62. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2022.

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Andrew Kloiber

Brewing Socialism: Coffee, East Germans, and Twentieth-Century Globalization

Studies in German History. Vol. 27. New York: Berghahn Books, 2022.

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Latest News


Doctoral and Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Deadline: April 1, 2024 | The GHI awards short-term fellowships to European and North American doctoral students as well as postdoctoral scholars to…

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GHI Fellowships at the Horner Library

Deadline: March 15, 2024 | Together with the German Society of Pennsylvania, the GHI sponsors two to four fellowships of up to four weeks for research…

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Call for Papers

Eighth Annual Young Scholars Forum: Histories of Migration - Transatlantic and Global Perspectives

Deadline: March 15, 2024 | Eighth Annual Young Scholars Forum at the Pacific Office of the GHI in Berkeley

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New Publication

Fall 2023 Bulletin (72) issue published and available for download

The latest issue of the Bulletin is now available online for download as well as in print.

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Watch recording of our event "Anti-Globalism, Then and Now"

If you were unable to watch our event "Anti-Globalism, Then and Now" live, it is now available on our Vimeo channel.

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