Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - German history in the 20th Century with a focus on National Socialism

German History of the 20th Century with a focus on National Socialism

Research Profile


Unit teaching and research efforts cover all chapters of German history in the 20th century from the German Empire to Reunification in 1990. Our main thematic focus explores the history of National Socialism. This approach is unique to the German university landscape and serves to distinguish unit curriculum from other programs.

Students will examine Germany within the context of developments in European and Global History rather than study it as an isolated nation-state. Curriculum will pull extensively from aspects of historical anthropology, everyday history (Alltagsgeschichte) and cultural history. The unit dedicates considerable study to the „visual dimension“ of history; special attention is paid to the critical analysis of visual source materials. Unit scholarship is also devoted to the interpretation of Berlin’s history in the 20th century – in close cooperation with numerous museums, archives and historical sites across the city. As a consequence of this close cooperation, history is pursued as a „public science“.


Prof. Dr. Michael Wildt

Office: Friedrichstraße 191-193, Room 5016
Tel.: +49(0)30/2093-70565
Fax: +49(0(30/2093-70653


Office Hours during the winter term:

Wednesday, November 13th, 16.00 - 18.00

Monday, December 16th , 13.00 - 15.00

Monday, January 20th, 13.00 - 15.00

Monday, Februar 17th, 15.00 - 17.00

Please contact the secretary before attending the office hours ( or via telephone).




Annelies Scheel


Office: Friedrichstr. 191-193, Room 5064
Tel. +49(0)30/2093-70565
Fax: +49(0)30/2093-70653

The office is open:
Mo–Th 9.00–16.00
Fr        9.00–14.00


Mailing Address of the Chair:


Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Department of History
Chair for German History of the 20th Century with a focus on National Socialism
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin