Max Lazar

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Grüsse aus KölnPhD Student

Advisers: Konrad H.Jarausch and Karen Auerbach



BA College of William and Mary, 2012
MA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016
MA Thesis: “Strangers in Their Own Communities: Second-Generation Jews in Divided Germany, 1945-1989”

Research Interests

My research interests lie at the intersection of Modern European, German, Jewish, and social history, with a particular emphasis on the twentieth century. I am currently developing a dissertation topic that will examine everyday relations between Jews and Non-Jews in Frankfurt am Main between the start of World War I and the introduction of the Nuremberg Racial Laws of 1938, which completely stripped German Jews of their right to German citizenship. Before 1914, Jews accounted for nearly 6% of the population in Frankfurt and occupied prominent places in the city’s political, associational, professional, and social life. By looking at the evolving nature of relations between Frankfurt’s Jews and their non-Jewish neighbors, my project probes the strengths and limitations of Jewish integration into pre-Holocaust German society and looks to add nuance to the way in which we answer a central question of German-Jewish historiography: how did it all go so wrong?

Curriculum Vitae

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