Dr. Ofer Ashkenazi

Dr. Ofer Ashkenazi
Director of the Koebner Minerva Center for German History
Humanities Building, Room 5608. Office Hours: Monday, 16:00-17:00

I am a faculty member in the History Department and the School of Arts and the director 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. I teach classes on various topics in modern German history, European history, Visual history and film. 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. As a member of the I-CORE Research Center "Daat Hamakom," 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.