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

Ofer Ashkenazi is an associate Professor of History and the Director of the Richard Koebner-Minerva Center for German History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He received his PhD in History from the Hebrew U. in 2006. He later conducted a post-doctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley, and taught at the University of Minnesota, before returning to Jerusalem in 2013. His research interests include Central European cultural and intellectual history, modern visual culture, and Jewish experiences in twentieth-century Germany. His publications include two monographs on the German and the German-Jewish film before 1933, as well as co-edited volumes on continuities between Weimar and the Cold War, and on the antiwar writings of Einstein and Freud. He also published articles on various topics, including exile photography; German-Jewish athletes in Mandate Palestine; comic representations of Nazism; and the multivalent politics of Albert Einstein. Ashkenazi’s forthcoming book considers the ways Jewish filmmakers contemplated the concept of “Homeland” in Germany (through the trope of Heimat) between the years 1918 and 1968. His current research project examines Jewish photography in Nazi Germany.



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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:

Edited Volumes

Ofer Ashkenazi, David Bar-gal, Eran Rolnik (eds.), Einstein, Freud and the Wars to Come: “Why War?” in Context (Jerusalem: Carmel, 2018)


“Transnational Antiwar Activity in the Third Reich: The Nazi Branch of the New Commonwealth Society,” German History 36.2 (June 2018): 207-228

“Strategies of Exile Photography: Hans Casparius and Helmar Lerski in Palestine,” in Marc Silberman (ed.), Back to the Future: Traditions and Innovations in German Studies (Bern: Peter Lang, 2018), 87-119

“Improbable Twins: The Bifurcating Heritage of Weimar Culture in Helmar Lerski and Walter Frentz’s Kulturfilms,” German Studies Review 40.3 (2017): 527-548

“Jewish Displacement and Simulation in the German Films of E. A. Dupont,” Simone Lässing and Miriam Ruerupp (eds.), Space and Spacelessness in German-Jewish History (New York: Berghahn, 2017), 88-106

“The Symphony of a Great Heimat: Helmar Lerski’s Propaganda Film Avodah,” A Three-Way Street: Transnational German-Jewish Culture, Leslie Morris and Jay Geller (ed.), (Ann Harbor: University of Michigan Press, 2015)

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