Detlev Peukert

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Detlev Julio K. Peukert (born September 20, 1950 in Gütersloh ; † May 17, 1990 in Hamburg ) was a German historian and head of the research center on the history of National Socialism .

Detlev Peukert grew up in the Herringen miners' colony and graduated from high school there. From 1969 to 1975 he studied history and German at the Ruhr University in Bochum . In 1975 the state examination took place. From 1978 to 1988 he was Lutz Niethammer's research assistant at the University of Essen . In 1979 he received his doctorate from Hans Mommsen with a thesis on "The KPD in the Resistance". In 1984 Niethammer completed his habilitation with a thesis on the history of German youth welfare . In 1988 he received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize from the Federal Minister for Education and Science for his habilitation . Peukert taught in Essen for a decade and, in 1988, succeeded Werner Jochmann as head of the research center on the history of National Socialism in Hamburg. Peukert was a member of the German Communist Party until 1978 , then a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany . Peukert was openly gay . He died in 1990 of complications from AIDS .

After completing his dissertation, Peukert tried to open contemporary history more to social history . His work on National Socialism , the Weimar Republic and the development of human sciences received international recognition and has been translated into English, Italian and Japanese, among others. Peukert had mainly published studies on workers' resistance during the Nazi era . He interpreted National Socialism as an extreme variant of the development of modern societies and not as the intrusion of medieval barbarism into a modern civilization.

Peukert set up the “Project Hamburg CVs - Workshop of Remembrance ”, which to date has carried out more than 2000 biographical interviews, particularly with those persecuted by National Socialism.

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List of publications in: Frank Bajohr / Werner Johe / Uwe Lohalm (eds.): Civilization and barbarism. The contradicting potentials of modernity. Detlev Peukert in memory. Christians, Hamburg 1991, pp. 348-354.

  • The KPD in the resistance. Persecution and underground work on the Rhine and Ruhr 1933–1945 , Hammer, Wuppertal 1980, ISBN 3-87294-165-8 .
  • The ranks almost closed. Contributions to the history of everyday life under National Socialism , edited together with Jürgen Reulecke and Adelheid Gräfin zu Castell Rudenhausen, Hammer, Wuppertal 1981.
  • Comrades and strangers to the community. Adaptation, failures and rebellions under National Socialism , Bund-Verlag, Cologne 1982, ISBN 376630545X , translated into English by Richard Deveson under the title Inside Nazi Germany: conformity, opposition and racism in everyday life , Batsford, London 1987, ISBN 071345217X .
  • Limits of social discipline. The rise and crisis of German child welfare from 1878 to 1932 , Bund-Verlag, Cologne 1986.
  • Youth between war and crisis. Living worlds of working-class boys in the Weimar Republic , Bund-Verlag, Cologne 1987.
  • The edelweiss pirates. Protest movements of young workers in the 'Third Reich'. A documentation , 3., ext. Ed., Bund-Verlag, Cologne 1988.
  • Max Weber's Diagnosis of Modernity , Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 1989, ISBN 3525335628 .
  • Right-wing radicalism in Germany - two historical contributions , together with Frank Bajohr, Results Verlag, Hamburg 1990, ISBN 3-925622-69-1 .
  • The Weimar Republic. Crisis years of classical modernity , Suhrkamp Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 1987. [Translated into English under the title The Weimar Republic: the crisis of classical modernity , Hill and Wang, New York 1992, ISBN 0-8090-9674-9 .]


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  1. Bernd-Ulrich Hergemöller : Man for man. Biographical lexicon on the history of love for friends and male-male sexuality in the German-speaking area. MännerschwarmSkript-Verlag, Hamburg 1998, p. 552.
  2. ^ Frank Bajohr: Detlev Peukert . In: Hamburg biography. Personal Lexicon , Vol. 2, ed. v. Franklin Kopitzsch and Dirk Brietzke, Hamburg 2003, pp. 324-325, here: p. 325.