Constantin Goschler

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Constantin Goschler (born August 13, 1960 in Göppingen ) is a German historian . He holds the chair for contemporary history at the Ruhr University in Bochum .


Goschler attended the Max Planck Gymnasium in Munich . After studying history, German and geography at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich , he started as a research assistant at the Institute for Contemporary History . He received his doctorate in 1992 at the LMU Munich with a thesis supervised by Ludolf Herbst on “reparation in West Germany, 1945–1954”. In the same year he switched to the Humboldt University of Berlin as a university assistant . There he completed his habilitation with a biography on Rudolf Virchow ("Science, Liberalism and the Culture of Progress. A Biographical Study on Rudolf Virchow") and was appointed private lecturer in 2002.

In his academic career he had guest stays and substitutions at the universities of Harvard, Prague, Jena and Bochum before he took over the chair for contemporary history at the Ruhr University in Bochum in 2006 .

From 2007 to 2011 he headed the international research project on the history of forced labor compensation through the foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” . Together with Michael Wala, from 2011 to 2014, he examined the first 25 years of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution 1950–1975, paying particular attention to the Nazi references of former employees in the founding phase.

His work deals primarily with dealing with the consequences of war and violence, with the relationship between security, public and secret, but also with the role of science and science popularization for modern societies.

Fonts (selection)


  • (With Michael Wala ): “No new Gestapo”. The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution and the Nazi past. Rowohlt, Hamburg 2015, ISBN 978-3-498-02438-3 .
  • (Co-author) Michael Brenner (Ed.): History of the Jews in Germany from 1945 to the present. Politics, culture and society. Beck, Munich 2012, ISBN 978-3-406-63737-7 .
  • (With Rüdiger Graf): European contemporary history since 1945. Academy, Berlin 2010, ISBN 978-3-05-004555-9 .
  • Guilt and debt. The policy of reparation for victims of Nazi persecution since 1945. Wallstein, Göttingen 2005, ISBN 3-89244-868-X .
  • Rudolf Virchow. Medic, anthropologist, politician. Böhlau, Cologne 2002, (also: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin 2001: Natural science, liberalism and the culture of progress. A biographical study on Rudolf Virchow ) (2nd edition 2009), ISBN 3-412-09102-2 .
  • Reparation. West Germany and the Persecuted by National Socialism (1945–1954). Oldenbourg, Munich 1992 (also: Dissertation, Munich 1991), ISBN 3-486-55901-X .


  • Compensation in Practice. The Foundation "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future" and the Legacy of Forced Labor During the Third Reich. Berghahn, New York 2017, ISBN 978-178533637-9 .
  • Inheritance or Environment? Inequality between biology and society since 1945. (together with Till Kössler), Wallstein, Göttingen 2016, ISBN 978-3-8353-1705-5 .
  • The globalization of reparation. Politics, morals, moral politics. (together with José Brunner and Norbert Frei ), Wallstein, Göttingen 2013, ISBN 978-3-8353-0981-4 .
  • Compensation for Nazi Forced Labor at the Beginning of the 21st Century. The foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” and its partner organizations. (together with José Brunner, Krzysztof Ruchniewicz and Philipp Ther ), 4 volumes, Wallstein, Göttingen 2012, ISBN 978-3-8353-1085-8 .
  • The Practice of Reparation: History, Experience and Impact in Germany and Israel. (together with Norbert Frei and José Brunner), Wallstein, Göttingen 2009 (2nd edition: Federal Center for Political Education, Bonn 2010), ISBN 978-3-8353-0168-9 .
  • Public history. Representations of National Socialism beyond the science of history. (together with Frank Bösch ), Campus, Frankfurt a. M. 2009, ISBN 978-3-59338863-2 .
  • Arts and Figures. Humanities scholars in their profession. (together with Jürgen Fohrmann , Harald Welzer and Markus Zwick), Wallstein, Göttingen 2008, ISBN 978-3-8353-0326-3 .
  • Robbery and Restitution. “Aryanization” and restitution of Jewish property in Europe. (together with Philipp Ther ), Fischer, Frankfurt a. M. 2003, ISBN 978-359615738-9 . Extended English version: Robbery and restitution. The conflict over Jewish property in Europe. (together with Martin Dean and Philipp Ther), Berghahn, New York 2007, ISBN 1-84545082-5 . Extended French version: Spoliations et restitutions des biens juifs en Europe. (together with Claire Andrieu and Philipp Ther), Autrement, Paris 2007, ISBN 978-274670918-8 .
  • "Aryanization" and restitution. The restitution of Jewish property in Germany and Austria after 1945 and 1989. (together with Jürgen Lillteicher ), Wallstein, Göttingen 2002, ISBN 978-3-89244-495-4 .
  • Science and the public in Berlin (1870–1930). Steiner, Stuttgart 2000, ISBN 978-3-515-07778-1 .
  • Hitler. Speeches, writings, orders. February 1925 to January 1933. Vol. IV: From the Reichstag election to the presidential election. October 1930 - March 1932. Part 1: October 1930 - June 1931. Saur, Munich 1994, ISBN 978-3-598-21935-1 .
  • Reparation in the Federal Republic of Germany. (together with Ludolf Herbst ), Oldenbourg, Munich 1989, ISBN 978-3-486-54721-4 .
  • Heinrich Troeger, Interregnum. Diary of the Secretary General of the State Council of the Bizone 1947–1949. (together with Wolfgang Benz ), Oldenbourg, Munich 1985, ISBN 3-486-52861-0 .

Web links

Commons : Constantin Goschler  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Vademecum of the historical sciences , 10th edition, 2012/2013, Steiner, Stuttgart 2012, p. 374.
  2. ^ Website of Constantin Goschler at the Ruhr University Bochum.
  3. Constantin Goschler, Michael Wala: Der Schatten. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung , March 9, 2013, pp. V2 / 9.
  4. ^ BfV project page .