Friends of the Institute

The Society of Friends and Patrons of the Potsdam Centre for Contemporary History promotes public events at the intersection of culture and scholarship in order to share the results of its research in contemporary history.

These include:

► exhibitions

► theatre performances

► panel discussions

► national and international conferences

► publications

► readings

As part of a ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of the research institute, the Society of Friends and Patrons of the ZZF in Potsdam awarded its first ever “Digital Contemporary History Prize” (Zeitgeschichte digital-Preis) on October 12, 2017 to recognize the contribution that most successfully combined digital tools and online-presentation technologies with a convincing hypothesis and surprising results.

Award "Zeitgeschichte-digital-Preis" 2019: November 28, 2019 in Potsdam.


Nominee contributions for the Zeitgeschichte-digital-Preis 2019


Archive "Zeitgeschichte-digital-Preis"


Research needs good friends! Become part of an attractive network. We invite you to fill out the declaration of membership (pdf in German) and return it to us. To learn more about what the society promotes and what others have to say about it, please refer to our flyer (pdf in German).


As a friend and patron you’ll receive:

► the ZZF’s annual report

► the yearly Zeiträume almanach, with presentations, essays and miscellany on issues in contemporary history addressed by scholars, guests and guest scholars of the ZZF in the past calendar year

► Invitations to all scholarly congresses, cultural events and the institute’s summer fair


Friends and Patrons of the Potsdam Institute for Contemporary History flyer (pdf, in German)

Declaration of Membership in the Friends of the ZZF Society (pdf, in German)

Articles of Association of the Friends of the ZZF (pdf, in German)


Donations account:

Deutsche Bank Potsdam
IBAN: DE38 1207 0000 0300 2995 00



Chairman of the friends association
Prof. Dr. Helmut Knüppel 
e-mail: helmutknueppel [at]

Secretary of the friends association
Helen Thein-Peitsch  
e-mail: freunde [at]