There are many anniversaries in 2015 tied to the end of World War II, now seven decades ago. The capitulation of Germany and Japan ended a war in which many millions died across multiple continents. The world had never experienced such wartime casualties—nor had it experienced such organized barbarism. Countries in Europe will recall May 8, …Read More

Responding to China and South Korea’s budding interest in Germany as a contact point for resolving disputes with Japan, Director of the AICGS Society, Culture & Politics Program Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman argues that, although Germany has not jumped at the opportunity to share its insights, East Asia is right to look to Germany for …Read More

In the aftermath of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s controversial visit to the Yasukuni Shrine, where war criminals from World War II are also buried, Director of the AICGS Society, Culture & Politics Program Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman emphasizes that Japan cannot ignore reconciliation with its neighbors. Laying out a point-by-point path to kick-start the …Read More

Taking place at AICGS on Friday, March 14 from 10:00am-12:00pm, this seminar aims to stimulate discussion on the ongoing reverberations of WWII from a transnational perspective and to explore the enduring impact of a disturbing past on subnational communities and their attempts at reconciliation.

On Sunday, February 9, 2014, The Globalist republished “2014: Marking Twentieth Century Milestones” by AICGS President Dr. Jackson Janes. In the essay, Dr. Janes discusses the historical significance of prominent anniversaries coming in 2014 and their lessons for the world. 2014 is a year of significant remembrance, with the 100 year anniversary of World War …Read More

During 2014, there will be many different historical milestones, marked with differing purposes yet often with overlapping messages. Three in particular will stand out for Germany, but will be marked by more than only Germans. The opening gunfire of World War I in August of 1914 will be once again remembered. After a century of …Read More

This week, millions of Germans watched a new made for television series called “Our Mothers, Our Fathers” (Unsere Mütter, Unsere Väter). The series presents the events of the Second World War through the lives of a few friends who experience the wartime years in different settings either on the Russian front or in Berlin. The …Read More


Dr. Stephen Brockmann is Professor of German at Carnegie Mellon University. All of his major research projects explore the relationship between literature and culture on the one hand and German national identity on the other. His most recent book, A Critical History of German Film, which was published in 2010, is an overview of German …Read More

On September 27, 2011, the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) hosted a seminar on “Reconciliation in International Affairs: Lessons from Europe and Northeast Asia.”  Henning Borggräfe and Bongseok Han, both Harry & Helen Gray/AICGS Reconciliation Fellows, presented their research, followed by comments by Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman, Director of AICGS’ Society, Culture & …Read More

Denazification and (mis-)perceptions about it have had an impact on the development of German democracy over the last sixty years, writes Dr. Rebecca Boehling, AICGS Senior Non-resident Fellow and Director of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s Dresher Center for the Humanities. Dr. Boehling looks back at the implementation of denazification and concludes that this process had a major say in the evolution of German society since the founding of the Federal Republic.

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