Category: Research

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Slippery Historical Sources: Social Media, Holocaust Memory and Instagram

Instagram has approximately 13,400 photos under the hashtag “#holocaustmuseum”. This might seem arbitrary, but most of these images are the subject of my historical research. Professionally, I have labelled myself in several ways – as a public historian, a Holocaust scholar, and as a historian of social media. All of...

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Death and Memorial Landscapes: A Photographic Journey

For centuries, portraying and later photographing the living and the dead has been both common practice and the object of constant superstition and fear. For a long time, people widely believed that a pictorial act – painting and later photography – could imprison the soul. The industrial revolution profoundly changed...

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Let’s Get Physical: Objects and History

Popular works of history have often employed material objects as a lens through which to analyse the past. By attaching significance to objects, artefacts and buildings, historians are able to elicit greater public engagement with the past. The history of people is inextricably bound up with the history of the...

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Memories of the SS in Hitler Youth Memoirs

During the summer months I have been working on two thesis chapters on World War Two and how the Hitler Youth generation remember that period. Since I’m looking at an age group born between 1925 and 1933, there are a number of differences in what people experienced. One interesting difference...

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‘Could I offer my child a better life?’: Russian-Jewish Immigration to Germany

Career perspectives, social security, a higher standard of living: these are just some of the reasons why around 120,000 Russian Jews left their homeland and migrated to Germany in the 1990s. As explained in the interview with Isaak B. published on HTTP earlier this year, this immigration was the result...

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Gertrude Stein: More Than a Literary Eccentric

According to scholar Michael Hoffman, Gertrude Stein is considered by most people to be the “chief modern literary eccentric.” Although a prolific early 20th century author, Stein is known more as a personality of her time than specifically as a writer. However, her sometimes overlooked writings offer insight into her...

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Islamic Sources and the Crusades: An Incomplete Picture?

The First Crusade set the course for the relationship between Christians and Muslims for the following two centuries. Yet, we have few sources on these expeditions as they are heavily one-sided. Much of what is known of the First Crusade comes from Christian sources, as the Muslim chroniclers did not...