National Socialism and its Aftermath

Department IV’s researchers investigate concepts, instruments and practices of societal control and mobilisation, the interrelation between mobilisation and society’s self-interests as well as processes of ‘self-mobilisation’. Addressing questions of urban change (social stratification and mobility, integration, segregation, exclusion, networks of old and new elites), relations between towns and suburbia (demarcation and exchange, suburbanisation, migration) as well as the interrelations between central, regional and municipal in the field of social regulations and mobilisation across the national capital region of Berlin/Brandenburg. Department IV’s research projects do not focus exclusively on the Nazi dictatorship. Rather, they seek to understand the long-term trends that defined societal historical developments across German society, the strategies of social regulation, and the causes of uncontrolled societal mobilisation during the final phase of Communist dictatorships.

Forschung

Projekte

Berlin, Produktion StuG III, Sturmhaubitze 42. Bundesarchiv, Bild 146-1985-100-33 / Unknown / CC-BY-SA 3.0

Berlin, Produktion StuG III, Sturmhaubitze 42. Bundesarchiv, Bild 146-1985-100-33 / Unknown / CC-BY-SA 3.0

Mobilising Society and Economy in the Metropolitan Area of Berlin during the Second World War

Thomas Schaarschmidt

Research project

This research project explores processes of political mobilisation in the conurbation of the German capital in Nazi Germany. This economic region with 5.3 million inhabitants in 1939 covered an area from Potsdam in the west to Oranienburg in the north and...

The State Secretary in the Federal Chancellery Hans Globke (left) and Chancellor Konrad Adenauer in a photo montage from 1963. It was created on the occasion of the verdict of life imprisonment by the Supreme Court of the GDR against Globke mainly because of his role as a commentator of the "Nuremberg race laws" of 1935. Photo: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-B0723-0054-001, CC-BY-SA 3.0

The Federal Chancellery and its Attitude Towards the Nazi Past

Christian Mentel

Research project

The focus of this project is on the practices of the Chancellery (BKAmt), starting with Adenauer and ending with the Schmidt administration. It pays special attention to the Nazi legacy, for example in the context of the work of Hans Globke, a German...

Network graphic for the National Socialist Mecklenburg. Graphic: Aline Munkewitz.

The Change of the Political in National Socialist ‘Mecklenburg’, 1933-1939

Aline Munkewitz

Associated PhD project

Based on a systematic exploration of decision-making paths but also with an eye to conceptualisations of the so-called Volksgemeinschaft, this research project focuses on structural transmissions and changes in the way this core element of...

As of 1939, a total of 19 air raid towers were built at the headquarters of the High Command of the Army near Zossen, which were intended for the numerous civilian employees working on the site. Photo: Silvio Fischer.

The Impact of Military Strategy and Armament Policy from the Nazi Period on the Berlin Area

Silvio Fischer

Associated PhD project

This work analyses the impact of military strategy and armament policy from the Nazi period. Specifically, it analyses the repercussions of these policies beyond the capital of Berlin and examines the effects of these policies on the greater...

Removal of the ruins in Wilhelm-Pieck-Str. to rebuild the houses in the old style. Photo: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-52503-0016 / Popper, Paul / CC-BY-SA 3.0, Bundesarchiv Bild 183-52503-0016, Potsdam, Wilhelm-Pieck-Straße, Abriss der Ruinen, CC BY-SA 3.0 DE

The Impact of Potsdam's Cultural Landscape in Repressive Times.
Housing in Potsdam between Local Traditions, Modernism and Dictatorship (1933–1989)

Edda Campen

Associated PhD project

In this comparative study of one city in two political systems, I will discuss questions regarding urban development city dynamics in a historical perspective as well as local cultural politics and self-perception. Do cities have choices – and if so...

Raul Hilberg. Photo: Walter H. Pehle.

Toward a Biography of Raul Hilberg (1926-2007)

René Schlott

Research project

With the appearance in 1961 of The Destruction of the European Jews, the American political scientist Raul Hilberg became the first person to publish a systematic and extensive investigation of Nazi Germany’s murder of millions of Jews. This book...

National Socialism and its Aftermath

Department IV’s researchers investigate concepts, instruments and practices of societal control and mobilisation, the interrelation between mobilisation and society’s self-interests as well as processes of ‘self-mobilisation’. Addressing questions of urban change (social stratification and mobility, integration, segregation, exclusion, networks of old and new elites), relations between towns and suburbia (demarcation and exchange, suburbanisation, migration) as well as the interrelations between central, regional and municipal in the field of social regulations and mobilisation across the national capital region of Berlin/Brandenburg. Department IV’s research projects do not focus exclusively on the Nazi dictatorship. Rather, they seek to understand the long-term trends that defined societal historical developments across German society, the strategies of social regulation, and the causes of uncontrolled societal mobilisation during the final phase of Communist dictatorships.

Forschung

Projekte

Berlin, Produktion StuG III, Sturmhaubitze 42. Bundesarchiv, Bild 146-1985-100-33 / Unknown / CC-BY-SA 3.0

Berlin, Produktion StuG III, Sturmhaubitze 42. Bundesarchiv, Bild 146-1985-100-33 / Unknown / CC-BY-SA 3.0

Mobilising Society and Economy in the Metropolitan Area of Berlin during the Second World War

Thomas Schaarschmidt

Research project

This research project explores processes of political mobilisation in the conurbation of the German capital in Nazi Germany. This economic region with 5.3 million inhabitants in 1939 covered an area from Potsdam in the west to Oranienburg in the north and...

The State Secretary in the Federal Chancellery Hans Globke (left) and Chancellor Konrad Adenauer in a photo montage from 1963. It was created on the occasion of the verdict of life imprisonment by the Supreme Court of the GDR against Globke mainly because of his role as a commentator of the "Nuremberg race laws" of 1935. Photo: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-B0723-0054-001, CC-BY-SA 3.0

The Federal Chancellery and its Attitude Towards the Nazi Past

Christian Mentel

Research project

The focus of this project is on the practices of the Chancellery (BKAmt), starting with Adenauer and ending with the Schmidt administration. It pays special attention to the Nazi legacy, for example in the context of the work of Hans Globke, a German...

Network graphic for the National Socialist Mecklenburg. Graphic: Aline Munkewitz.

The Change of the Political in National Socialist ‘Mecklenburg’, 1933-1939

Aline Munkewitz

Associated PhD project

Based on a systematic exploration of decision-making paths but also with an eye to conceptualisations of the so-called Volksgemeinschaft, this research project focuses on structural transmissions and changes in the way this core element of...

As of 1939, a total of 19 air raid towers were built at the headquarters of the High Command of the Army near Zossen, which were intended for the numerous civilian employees working on the site. Photo: Silvio Fischer.

The Impact of Military Strategy and Armament Policy from the Nazi Period on the Berlin Area

Silvio Fischer

Associated PhD project

This work analyses the impact of military strategy and armament policy from the Nazi period. Specifically, it analyses the repercussions of these policies beyond the capital of Berlin and examines the effects of these policies on the greater...

Removal of the ruins in Wilhelm-Pieck-Str. to rebuild the houses in the old style. Photo: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-52503-0016 / Popper, Paul / CC-BY-SA 3.0, Bundesarchiv Bild 183-52503-0016, Potsdam, Wilhelm-Pieck-Straße, Abriss der Ruinen, CC BY-SA 3.0 DE

The Impact of Potsdam's Cultural Landscape in Repressive Times.
Housing in Potsdam between Local Traditions, Modernism and Dictatorship (1933–1989)

Edda Campen

Associated PhD project

In this comparative study of one city in two political systems, I will discuss questions regarding urban development city dynamics in a historical perspective as well as local cultural politics and self-perception. Do cities have choices – and if so...

Raul Hilberg. Photo: Walter H. Pehle.

Toward a Biography of Raul Hilberg (1926-2007)

René Schlott

Research project

With the appearance in 1961 of The Destruction of the European Jews, the American political scientist Raul Hilberg became the first person to publish a systematic and extensive investigation of Nazi Germany’s murder of millions of Jews. This book...