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The Unbroken Past: From Germany to Shanghai to San Francisco

Kurt and Jeannette Nothenberg lived comfortably in the middle class in Germany raising their only child, Rudy.  Following Kristallnacht, Kurt was arrested and sent to Buchenwald, but was later released …

The Fall of the Wall as a Memory of Joy

Few countries have had to grapple with such a complex historical legacy as Germany. Among the many challenging issues arising from this past has the been the dynamic between appropriately …

On the Halle Synagogue Attacks

Everyone in the AICGS community grieves and condemns the right-radical, anti-Semitic terrorist incident that occurred on Yom Kippur, Wednesday, October 9, 2019, in the city of Halle. By now, the …

Transitional Justice as a Foreign Policy Issue across the Atlantic: Trends and Counter-trends

Transitional justice either describes a socio-political process in transitional societies after conflict or authoritarian rule or a set of measures that should facilitate this process. The process in general and …

Episode 12: Memorializing Afghanistan: German and American Experiences

The United States, along with Germany and many U.S. allies, have been at war in Afghanistan for 18 years. It is the longest-running military operation in either country’s history and …

The Future of the Society, Culture & Politics Program

Senior Fellow and Director of the Society, Culture & Politics Program Dr. Eric Langenbacher lays out his vision for the future of the program.

Marking the Polish-German Treaty of Good Neighborhood and Friendly Cooperation

On June 17, 1991, the Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of Poland signed a treaty vowing to be good neighbors: to respect national boundaries and to contribute to …

Axel Heck, DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Axel Heck as a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow from May to mid-July 2019. Dr. Axel Heck is a senior lecturer in International Relations at Kiel University …

Mariam Salehi, DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Mariam Salehi as a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow from mid-April to mid-June 2019. Dr. Mariam Salehi is a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Conflict Studies, …

The Dealer’s Cards:  How Gary Sternberg Has Made the Best of Them

Read the stories of other Shanghai Jews Gary’s father, Hermann, was born on September 2, 1893, in Wetzlar an der Lahn. Gary’s mother, Auguste, was born on November 24, 1894, …

A Doctor’s Mission: The Life and Work of Ernst Kisch

Read the stories of other Shanghai Jews Dr. Ernst Kisch was an opera-loving Viennese physician who was imprisoned in Dachau and Buchenwald for being Jewish.  Upon his release from Buchenwald, …

The Former Soviet Union and East Central Europe between Conflict and Reconciliation

Edited by Lily Gardner Feldman, Raisa Barash, Samuel Goda, Andre Zempelburg Influenced by the crisis in the former Soviet Union following the March 2014 Russian annexation/integration of Crimea, the essays …

The Radicalization of the Extreme Right: Charlottesville and Chemnitz

As a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow from October to December 2018, Prof. Dr. Hajo Funke looked at the developments of two extreme-right events, in Charlottesville and Chemnitz, including the conditions of …

Global Memory Clashes Or the End of Serenity   

Coming to terms with the past has become one of the very core features of German political identity in the second half of the twentieth century. In fact, actively dealing …

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