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Jeffrey Herf



    September 1, 2004 — January 1, 2005

    Professional affiliation

    Distinguished University Professor, Department of History, University of Maryland, College Park

    Wilson Center Projects

    "The War and the Jews: Nazi Propaganda in World War II"

    Full Biography

    Jeffrey Herf is Distinguished University Professor in the Department of History at the University of Maryland, College Park where he teaches Modern European, especially modern German history. His recent publications include Undeclared Wars with Israel: East Germany and the West German Radical Left, 1967-1989  (Cambridge University Press, 2016);  Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World (Yale University  Press, 2009; The Jewish Enemy:  Nazi Propaganda during World War II and the Holocaust (Harvard University Press, 2006), Divided Memory: The Nazi Past in the Two Germanys (Harvard University Press, 1997; and War  by Other Means: Soviet Power, West German Resistance and the Battle of the Euromissiles (Free Press, 1991.  He is currently working on a book with the working title: “Israel’s Moment: Politics and Policy in the United States and Europe Regarding the Establishment of the Jewish State in Palestine, 1945-1949.”  


    B.A. (1969) University of Wisconsin, Madison; M.A. (1971) History, State University of New York at Buffalo; Ph.D. (1981) Sociology, Brandeis University


    European History,Germany


    • Full Professor, University of Maryland, College Park, 2000-04
    • Full Professor, Ohio University, 1999-2000
    • Associate Professor, Ohio University, 1996-99
    • Mount Holyoke College; "Sommersemester" (April-July) 1994
    • Fulbright Guest Professor at the Seminar für Wissenschaftliche Politik, Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg, Freiburg i. Br., Germany; Summer Semester, 1994
    • Emory University, Department of Political Science, 1989-90
    • Department of Strategy, Naval War College, 1987-88, College of the Holy Cross, 1986-87
    • Harvard University, Lecturer in the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies, 1981-85
    • Fellowships: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; the Yitzak Rabin Center for Israel Studies, Tel Aviv, Israel; the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, School of Historical Studies; the German Marshall Fund Fellowship; Fulbright Award in Freiburg, Germany; the Helen and Lynde Bradley Foundation; Institut fur Zeithistorische Studien Potsdam, and the Max Planck Gesellschaft, in Germany; the Volkswagen Research Fellowship, at the German Historical Institute; and American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Washington, D.C.; Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, Vienna, Austria; Research Associate and Bradley Foundation Fellow, Center for European Studies, Harvard University; Bradley Foundation Fellowship at the John M. Olin Center for Inquiry into the Theory and Practice of Democracy, University of Chicago; National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for Independent Study and Research; Ford Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship in European Society and Western Security, Center for International Affairs, Harvard University; and the German Academic Exchange Service Fellowship for Doctoral Research, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany.


      Modern European, in particular Modern German, political, intellectual and international history

    Major Publications

    • Divided Memory: The Nazi Past in the Two Germanys Harvard University Press, Fall 1997. Winner of 1998 American Historical Association's George Louis Beer Prize; and co-winner of the 1996 Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History by the Institute of Contemporary History and the Wiener Library in London.
    • War By Other Means: Soviet Power, West German Resistance, and the Battle of the Euromissiles (New York: The Free Press, 1991)
    • Reactionary Modernism: Technology, Culture and Politics in Weimar and the Third Reich (New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984)