Dr. Simone Heil, Program Director of the Africa and Middle East division of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, sits down with AICGS Society, Culture & Politics Program Director Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman for a discussion on youth exchange between Germany and Israel and its impact on the “special relationship” between the two countries. Dr. Heil …Read More

AICGS Society, Culture & Politics Director Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman sits down with Sergey Lagodinsky to discuss the Jewish Community in Berlin. As a member of the Assembly of Representatives in this community, Lagodinsky shares his experience with the challenges in building a unified community across many Jewish denominations and identities. Moreover, he elaborates on …Read More

Many reconciliation efforts begin with individuals, and their unique experiences. Invitations to and encounters in Germany, where local governments and former residents tried to reconcile with each other, were not always harmonious but were an important aspect of reconciliation.

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Rebecca Boehling received her BA in European history and German literature from Duke University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Prior to coming to UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) in 1989 she taught at Franklin and Marshall College and the University of Dayton. At UMBC, where she is Professor of …Read More

Dr. Maria D. Mitchell is Associate Professor of History at Franklin and Marshall College. After graduating in 1987 from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, she received a PhD from Boston University in Modern European History with a minor field in European Imperialism in 1995. Her dissertation …Read More

In a new Transatlantic Perspectives essay, DAAD/AICGS Fellow Prof. Dr. Michael Brenner analyzes the role the Jewish past and the small contemporary Jewish community played in the foreign policy of the two German states before 1989, and to a smaller extent of unified Germany. The symbolic role the Jewish community played in the recognition of West Germany as a major player on the international stage was one of importance, Prof. Dr. Brenner argues, but in contrast, only during its last years of existence did the GDR use its official Jewish community to improve its foreign relations.

In the sixty years since Israel’s founding, German-Israeli relations have been nothing if not complex. On the occasion of Israel’s sixtieth anniversary, the essays in German-American Issues 8 examine the issues of remembrance, the fading of the survivor generation, the new challenges faced by both countries in the twenty-first century, and the idea of a “normal” relationship between Germany and Israel. This volume features essays written by Michael Brenner, Lily Gardner Feldman, Harald Kindermann, Shimon Stein, and Frank Stern.

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