Careers and Continuities: The German Federal Ministry and its Third Reich Past

In 2005, then Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer established an independent commission of historians to investigate the history of the Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt) during the Nazi era and the early postwar period – the first minister to do so. The commission’s findings were published in 2010, and “Das Amt und die Vergangenheit. Deutsche Diplomaten im Dritten Reich und in der Bundesrepublik” (The Foreign Office and the Past: German Diplomats in the Third Reich and the Federal Republic) was widely discussed and became something like a bestseller. Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, the Federal Minster of Justice, has now taken a similar step and established a commission to research her ministry’s Third Reich past.   Continue reading

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Frankfurt Research Focus “Extrajudicial and Judicial Conflict Resolution”

Academics from Frankfurt’s Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University and University of Applied Sciences have joined forces for a research project focussing on “Extrajudicial and Judicial Conflict Resolution”, which started in January 2012.

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