Dr. Ofer Ashkenazi

A faculty member of the History Department and of the School of Arts

And chairman of the Richard Koebner Center for German History

 at the Hebrew University

I am a faculty member in the History Department and the School of Arts and the chairman of the Richard Koebner Center for German History  at the Hebrew University. I received my PhD in History from the Hebrew U. in 2006. Since my graduation I conducted a post-doctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley, and taught at the University of Minnesota; I returned home, to Jerusalem, in the summer of 2013. During 2013-2014 I have taught classes on the ‘visual turn’ in the study of history; cultural aspects of the Great War; film and history; and Nazism. My research interests include Central European cultural and intellectual history, modern visual culture, and Jewish urban experience in twentieth-century Europe. My previous publications include two monographs on the German and the German-Jewish film before 1933, as well as articles on various topics, such as the immigration of German-Jewish athletes to Palestine, comic representations of Nazism, and the multivalent politics of Albert Einstein. My current research project examines the works of filmmakers and photographers who emigrated from Germany during the 1930s. It explores the influence of the experiences, the intellectual paradigms, and the artistic imagination of the Weimar era on the development of various national cultures in post-1933 Europe, the United States and Israel.

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Selected Publications


Weimar Film and Modern Jewish Identity (Palgrave-McMillan, 2012)


A Walk into the Night: Reason and Subjectivity in the Films of the Weimar Republic (Am Oved, Hebrew, 2010).


On the Book:


The Non-Heimat Heimat: Landscapes and Identity in German-Jewish Films, from Weimar to the Cold War,” New German Critique, 126 (November 2015): 115-143

“The Jewish Place of Weimar Cinema: A Reconsideration of Karl Grune’s The Street,” in Steven Aschheim and Vivian Liska (eds.), The German-Jewish Experience: Contested Interpretations and Conflicting Perceptions (De Gruyter, 2015)

Place and Displacement in the New IsraeliDocumentary Film,” Jewish Culture and History15:3 (Fall, 2014): 212-233

“The Future of History as Film,” Rethinking History (Fall 2013)

Biramschule in Context: The “German” Influence on Jewish Body-Culture in Mandate Palestine,” Tel Aviver Jahrbuch für deutsche Geschichte (2013): 17-39

Zionism and Violence in Albert Einstein’s Worldview,” Journal of Jewish Studies, 62.2: (Fall 2012): 331-355

German-Jewish Athletes and the Formation of Zionist (Trans-)National Culture,” Jewish Social Studies 17.3: (Spring/Summer 2012): 124-155

Home-Coming as a National Founding Myth: Jewish Identity and East German Landscapes in Konrad Wolf’s I was Nineteen,” Religions 3 (Spring 2012): 130-150

Re-framing the Interwar Peace Movement: The Curious Case of Albert Einstein,” Journal of Contemporary History 46:4 (Spring 2012): 741-766

Ridiculous Trauma: Comic Representations of the Nazi Past in Contemporary German Visual Culture,” Cultural Critique 78 (Fall 2011): 88-118

“‘A New Era of Peace and Understanding’: The Integration of Sound-Film into German Popular Cinema, 1929-1932,” in Christian Rogowski (ed.). The Many Faces of Weimar Cinema, (Camden House, 2010), 249-267

Middle-Class Heroes: Anti-Nationalism in the Popular Adventure Films of the Weimar Republic” in John A. Williams (ed.), Weimar Culture Revisited (Palgrave, 2010), 73-98

The Incredible Transformation of Dr. Bessel: Alternative Memories of the Great War in German War Films of the late 1920s,” History and Memory, (Spring/Summer, 2008), 20(1): 121-153

Prisoners’ Fantasies: The Longing for Law and Order in Weimar Film,” Journal of European Studies, (Fall 2009), 39(3): 290-304.

‘A Zionist, not a National Jew’: Albert Einstein and Brit-Shalom,” Brit-Shalom and Bi-National Zionism: The ‘Arab Problem’ as a Jewish Problem, Adi Gordon (ed.), (Tel Aviv: Carmel, 2008), 123-148

Beyond Stereotypes and Assimilation: The ‘Jewish-Comedy’ of the Weimar Republic,” Zion 73:3 (2007): 301-323