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The Second Generation

Émigrés from Nazi Germany as Historians

Published 2016

Of the thousands of children and young adults who fled Nazi Germany in the years before the Second World War, a remarkable number went on to become trained historians in their adopted homelands. By placing autobiographical testimonies alongside historical analysis and professional reflections by scholars including Peter Paret, Professor Emeritus in the School of Historical Studies, Fritz Stern, Steven E. Aschheim, Jeffrey Herf, Majorie Lamberti, and Jürgen Kocka, among others, The Second Generation: Émigrés from Nazi Germany as Historians (Berghahn Books, 2015) comprises the first sustained effort to illuminate the role these men and women played in modern historiography. Focusing particularly on those who settled in North America, Great Britain, and Israel, the collection culminates in a comprehensive, meticulously researched biobibliographic guide that provides a systematic overview of the lives and works of this "second generation."

Published in The Institute Letter Summer 2016