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The Second Generation

Émigrés from Nazi Germany as Historians
With a Biobibliographic Guide

Edited by Andreas W. Daum, Hartmut Lehmann, and James J. Sheehan

488 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78238-985-9 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (December 2015)

ISBN  978-1-78920-052-2 $39.95/£31.95 Pb Published (July 2018)

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“The contributions to this volume manage impressively to show the interconnections between life and work, describing the professional developments against the background of emigration as well as demonstrating the influence of the refugee experience on their historical works.” • Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaft

“This book sheds new light on a hitherto little-researched subject and will remain a standard work for years to come. It provides an admirable overview of the very heterogeneous second generation in the USA, and will certainly stimulate further research in the field.” • German Historical Institute London Bulletin

“Especially the systematic approach turns the volume into an impressive stock-taking of a research area that should be examine further with innovative methods and original questions.” • H-Soz-Kult

“This book represents a deeply personal, intellectually challenging, and historically important undertaking. I cannot recommend highly enough a book that packs so much learning and passion, tragedy and promise, between two covers.” • James Retallack, Professor of History, University of Toronto; Killam Research Fellow 2015-17

“This volume brings together memoirs from key second-generation historians, reminiscences from colleagues and students, and a detailed reference section containing critical biographical and professional information. It is a valuable resource.” • Marion Deshmukh, George Mason University


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, this richly varied collection 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, it culminates in a comprehensive, meticulously researched biobibliographic guide that provides a systematic overview of the lives and works of this “second generation.”

Andreas W. Daum is Professor of History at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has authored several books on German and international history. A former John F. Kennedy Fellow at Harvard University, he is the recipient of fellowships from, among others, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Hartmut Lehmann became Professor of Modern History at the University of Kiel in 1969. He was the founding director of the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC, Director at the Max Planck Institute for History in Göttingen, and a research fellow at the University of Chicago, Princeton University, and the Australian National University in Canberra. He is a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

James J. Sheehan is Dickason Professor in the Humanities and Professor of History Emeritus at Stanford University. He has written five books, most recently Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?: The Transformation of Modern Europe (2009). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the Orden Pour le Mérite. In 2005 he served as president of the American Historical Association.

Subject: History: 20th Century to Present
Area: Germany


List of Tables

Hartmut Lehmann and James J. Sheehan

Introduction: Refugees from Nazi Germany as Historians: Origins and Migrations, Interests and Identities
Andreas W. Daum


Chapter 1. “It Needs Hardly Emphasis How Deeply My Own Generation, the Second, is Indebted to the First”
Klemens von Klemperer

Chapter 2. “A Wanderer between Several Worlds”
Walter Laqueur

Chapter 3. External Events, Inner Drives
Peter Paret

Chapter 4. Not Exile, But a New Life
Fritz Stern

Chapter 5. History and Social Action beyond National and Continental Borders
Georg G. Iggers

Chapter 6. Some Issues and Experiences in German-American Scholarly Relations
Gerhard L. Weinberg

Chapter 7. Some Reflections on the Second Generation
Hanna Holborn Gray

Chapter 8. A Life Between Homelands
Peter Loewenberg

Chapter 9. Out of Germany
Renate Bridenthal


Chapter 10. The Second Generation: Émigré Historians of Modern Germany in Post-War America
Catherine Epstein

Chapter 11. Thinking About the Second Generation Conceptually
Volker R. Berghahn


Chapter 12. The Tensions of Historical Wissenschaft: The Émigré Historians and the Making of German Cultural History
Steven E. Aschheim

Chapter 13. From the Margins to the Mainstream: Refugees and the Successors on the Jewish Questions, Antisemitism, and the Holocaust in German History
Jeffrey Herf

Chapter 14. Reluctant Return: Peter Gay and the Cosmopolitan Work of a Historian
Helmut Walser Smith

Chapter 15. Out of the Limelight or In: Raul Hilberg, Gerhard Weinberg, Henry Friedlander, and the Historical Study of the Holocaust
Doris L. Bergen

Chapter 16. Blazing New Paths in Historiography: ‘Refugee Effect’ and American Experience in the Professional Trajectory of Gerda Lerner
Marjorie Lamberti


Chapter 17. German Émigré Historians in Israel
Shulamit Volkov

Chapter 18. German and Austrian Émigré Historians in Britain after 1933
Peter Alter

Chapter 19. The Second-Generation Émigrés’ Impact on German Historiography
Philipp Stelzel

Chapter 20. Encounters with Émigré Historians of the First and Second Generation
Gerhard A. Ritter

Chapter 21. Influences: A Personal Comment
Jürgen Kocka


Chapter 22. Émigrés in the Historical Disciplines: Research Perspectives
Andreas W. Daum

Chapter 23. Biographies
Andreas W. Daum and Sherry L. Föhr

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