Dr. Susanne Urban

Dr. Susanne Urban is a historian who was employed between 2004 and 2009 at Yad Vashem. Since May 2009 she has served as Head of Historical Research at the International Tracing Service in Bad Arolsen. She has published two books together with Israel’s first ambassador to Germany, Asher Ben Nathan. Another book on Jews at the Volkswagen factory in 1944-1945 was published in German and English. She also teaches at German universities.

Publications by Dr. Susanne Urban

The Jewish Community in Germany: Living with Recognition, Anti-Semitism and Symbolic Roles

This article deals with the diverse images of Jews in Germany: which roles they take upon themselves and which symbolic roles German society sees in the Jewish community. The author tries to unfold the origins and the meaning of these roles including Jews as victims, as sensors toward anti-Semitism and right-wing extremism. Read More »

Representations of the Holocaust in Today’s Germany: Between Justification and Empathy

German narratives on the Holocaust and World War II have changed since 1945, propelled by debates about the period, political developments, and distance from the historical event. Native Germans tend to focus increasingly on their own fate as Germans and to idolize their society’s behavior during the Holocaust era. Immigrants and immigrant students in Germany have trouble relating to the Holocaust, which often seems to them strictly a part of German history that has no connection to them. Read More »

Susanne Urban on From Cooperation to Complicity: Degussa in the Third Reich and The Nazi Dictatorship and the Deutsche Bank

How German Banks and Industry Profited from "Aryanization" and Slave Labor
From Cooperation to Complicity: Degussa in the Third Reich, by Peter Hayes and The Nazi Dictatorship and the Deutsche Bank by Harold James
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Being Leftist and Anti-Semitic in Germany

After the reunification of Germany, 1989 surveys indicated that there was much more anti-Semitism in West Germany than in East Germany. This was a fallacy arising from the distinction between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism. Since then, Eastern German "anti-Zionism" has merged with Western German "anti-Semitism" into a homogeneous whole. Read More »

Anti-Semitism In Germany Today: Its Roots And Tendencies

Anti-Semitism certainly did not disappear in Germany after WW II. What is new is the blunt expression of anti-Semitism and the fraternization between left-wing and right-wing, liberal and conservative streams. Read More »