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Jan Philipp Reemtsma to Receive the City of Leipzig's 2015 Gutenberg Award

On 26 June 2015, Jan Philipp Reemtsma will receive the Gutenberg Award of the city of Leipzig in a ceremony at the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek in Leipzig. The award laudation will be held by Thedel von Wallmoden, head of the publishing house Wallstein Verlag.

The award, which comes with 10,000 Euro prize money, was established in 1959 and is awarded every second year to individuals and institutions who have »rendered outstanding, exemplary services to promoting the art of making books«.

In this context, a selection of publications that Jan Philipp Reemtsma has written, edited, initiated, accompanied, or financed, including books published by Hamburger Edition will be presented at the German Museum of Books and Writing in the Deutschen Nationalbibliothek.


Review of Dierk Walter's New Book in the Journal DAMALS

In the April 2015 issue of the history journal DAMALS - Das Magazin für Geschichte, reviewer Mark Häberlein recommends "Organisierte Gewalt in der europäischen Expansion - Gestalt und Logik des Imperialkrieges" by Dierk Walter as "a stimulating volume that is also a contribution to our understanding of current military conflicts."

Read the entire review online (in German) here.

More about Dierk Walter, »Organisierte Gewalt in der europäischen Expansion«

About the Book


Transitional Justice in Morocco

On 10 April 2004, Morocco's King Mohammed VI established what was called the national Equity and Reconciliation Commission. Its goal was to investigate the human rights violations committed under the rule of his father, King Hassan II. Morocco was the first Arab country to address its violent past using this instrument of transitional justice.

Legal sociologist Fatima Kastner offers an impressive, in-depth study of the process in Morocco and embeds her account in a broader analysis that examines how transitional justice could become, within a few decades, the standard means for addressing massive state violence in world society.

Read more about the book by Fatima Kastner, »Transitional Justice in der Weltgesellschaft«.


Just Released: Our New Books for Spring 2015


First Exhibition on Crimes of the German Wehrmacht Opened 20 Years Ago

On 5 March 1995, the first of two exhibitions curated by the Hamburg Institute for Social Research on crimes committed by the German Wehrmacht opened in Hamburg. In this text, our director Jan Philipp Reemtsma discusses the impacts of both exhibitions, why he had a committee of historians review the first, ultimately leading to a second, more comprehensive show.


Recent Translations of Books from Hamburger Edition

In late 2014, György Gábor's translation into Hungarian of Wolfgang Kraushaar, »Der Aufruhr der Ausgebildeten« was released by Napivilág Kiadó.

Just out this spring is the English language edition of Elissa Mailänder Koslov, »Gewalt im Dienstalltag. Die SS-Aufseherinnen des Konzentrations- und Vernichtungslagers Majdanek 1942-1944« in a translation prepared by Patricia Szobar for Michigan State University Press.


Congratulations to Our Author Claudia Weber

Our author Claudia Weber recently assumed the chair for contemporary European history at the Europa-Universität Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder).

The focus of her work there, as a successor to Professor Karl Schlögel, will be on eastern European history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Prior to her appointment, Claudia Weber was a research fellow here at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research and has co-edited two books in Hamburger Edition's Cold War Studies series. We've just released her new monograph on the history of the Katyn executions