Hubert Leber, M.A., is a Harry & Helen Gray/AICGS Reconciliation Fellow in August and September 2015. He is a Doctoral Candidate at the Philipps University of Marburg and the University of Haifa. While at AICGS, Mr. Leber will be working on his history PhD study “The Relations between West Germany and Israel in the Begin Era (1977–1983). International Politics and Historical Memory.”
In its basic approach, the study seeks to connect the history of international relations with the history of memory. Based on sources from government archives, newspaper coverage, and contemporary witness interviews both in Germany and Israel, it explores the role of Holocaust-related aspects for the development of political affairs between the Federal Republic and Israel in the late 1970s and early 1980s. This was probably the most crisis-ridden period in the history of German-Israeli relations, thus providing a suitable test case for the endurance of the reconciliation process initiated by both countries’ leaderships after World War II.
Mr. Leber was the recipient of a Manfred Lahnstein Scholarship at the Bucerius Institute for Research of Contemporary German History and Society at the University of Haifa in 2011/12 and a Research Fellowship at the Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG) in Mainz in 2013/14. He studied Modern History, Medieval History, and Philosophy in Düsseldorf, Freiburg i.Br., and Jerusalem. He earned his M.A. degree at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg, with a thesis on the history of Richard Wagner’s political impact.
In addition to his academic research, Mr. Leber has professional experience in publishing and journalism. He has been working as an editor at the Berlin-based think tank Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) since 2008. Prior to that, he worked as editor for the publishing houses S. Fischer (Frankfurt am Main) and Propyläen (Berlin), as a junior editor at the literature magazine Literaturen (Berlin), and as a regular freelance author for the Berliner Zeitung, especially in the field of non-fiction book reviews.
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