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Ingo Haar (born February 3, 1965 ) is a German historian .


Ingo Haar studied history, German literature and politics at the Free University of Berlin and at the University of Hamburg . He completed his studies at the University of Hamburg in 1993 with a Magister Artium . After research work at the University of Halle for Heinz-Gerhard Haupt , he received a scholarship from the State Graduate Funding Saxony-Anhalt and the Hamburg Institute for Social Research in the field of "Theory and History of Violence". In Halle he was at home with work in 1998 historians Nazism: in the East German historiography and the "Volkstumskampf" doctorate . From 1998 guest stays at the Presidential Commission of the Max Planck Society on the History of the Kaiser Wilhelm Society under National Socialism and in the Leipzig Collaborative Research Center “Region-related Identification Processes: The Example of Saxony” followed. In 2001 he worked on the historians' commission of the Republic of Austria . From 2002 to 2007 he worked as a research fellow with the DFG project Science - Population - Politics. Continuities and breaks in demographic thought and action (1918–1960) at the Chair of Demography at the Humboldt University in Berlin and at the Center for Research on Antisemitism at the Technical University of Berlin . He then headed the Jewish Migration and Integration project in Vienna and Berlin (1867 / 71–1918) in the Lise Meitner Program of the FWF of the Republic of Austria at the Institute for Economic and Social History of the University of Vienna until 2010 .

His main research interests are the history of science in the 20th century, Holocaust research , the history of forced migration in Europe and the social history of German elites.

The book German Scholars and Ethnic Cleansing, 1918–1945 , edited by Ingo Haar and Michael Fahlbusch , was awarded the “Choice Outstanding Book Of The Year Award” in the USA in 2005.

Haar is a founding member of the Geschichte und Zukunft eV (History and Future Association). The association promotes scientific publications to deal with the ethnic sciences under National Socialist rule.


Haar became known to the public with the thesis that he considers the number of two million German fatalities given by the Association of Expellees (BdV) to be excessive as a result of expulsions from Central and Eastern Europe after the Second World War . He himself estimates the number of victims at 500,000 to 600,000 people. In his opinion, the information from the BdV is based on politically motivated surveys from the 1950s. The President of the BdV Erika Steinbach then published a press release on November 17, 2006 with the headline “Hair” - the historian Ingo Haar's clashing of numbers .

The historian Heinrich August Winkler pointed out to Haar serious mistakes in Hans Rothfels which, in his opinion, violate the "most elementary basic rules of critical handling of sources" . This criticism sparked a debate that was conducted, among other things, in the quarterly magazine for contemporary history .

Publications (selection)


  • Historian under National Socialism. German historical science and the "Volkstumskampf" in the east (= critical studies on historical science. 143). Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2000, ISBN 3-525-35942-X (also: Halle, University, dissertation, 1998).


  • with Michael Fahlbusch : German Scholars and Ethnic Cleansing. 1919-1945. Berghahn Books, New York et al. 2005, ISBN 1-57181-435-3 .
  • with Michael Fahlbusch: Handbuch der Völkischen Wissenschaften. People - institutions - research programs - foundations. Saur, Munich 2008, ISBN 978-3-598-11778-7 .
  • with Michael Fahlbusch: Ethnic Sciences and Policy Advice in the 20th Century. Expertise and “reorganization” of Europe. Schöningh, Paderborn et al. 2010, ISBN 978-3-506-77046-2 .
  • with Michael Fahlbusch and Alexander Pinwinkler : Handbuch der Völkischen Wissenschaften. Actors, networks, research programs. With the assistance of David Hamann. 2 volumes. 2nd, fundamentally expanded and revised edition. De Gruyter Oldenbourg, Berlin 2017, ISBN 978-3-11-043891-8 .
  • with Michael Fahlbusch , Anja Lobenstein-Reichmann u. a. (Ed.), Ethnic Sciences: Origins, Ideologies and Aftermath, DeGruyter-Verlag Berlin-Boston 2020.


  • The Genesis of the Final Solution from the Spirit of Science: Folk History and Population Policy under National Socialism. In: Journal of History . Vol. 49, 2001, pp. 13-31.
  • “Folk history” and the Königsberg milieu: research programs between revision policy and National Socialist extermination planning. In: Hartmut Lehmann , Otto Gerhard Oexle (Hrsg.): National Socialism in the Cultural Studies. Volume 1: Subjects - Milieus - Careers (= publications by the Max Planck Institute for History. 200). Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2004, ISBN 3-525-35198-4 , pp. 169-210.
  • Friedrich Valjavec. A historian's life between the Vienna arbitration awards and the documentation of the expulsion. In: Lucia Scherzberg (ed.): Theology and coming to terms with the past. A critical inventory in an interdisciplinary comparison. Schöningh, Paderborn et al. 2005, ISBN 3-506-72934-9 , pp. 103-119.
  • “Sudeten Germans” Population Issues Between the Struggle for Minorities and the Munich Agreement: On the Nationalization and Radicalization of German Scientific Militia in the Czechoslovak Republic 1919–1939. In: Historical Social Research . Vol. 31, No. 4, 2006, pp. 236-262, JSTOR 20762170 .
  • Biopolitical constructions of difference as an instrument of population policy in the East Gau. Spatial and population planning in the field of tension between regional anchoring and central government planning requirements. In: Jürgen John , Horst Möller , Thomas Schaarschmidt (eds.): The NS-Gaue. Regional middle authorities in the centralized “leader state”. Oldenbourg, Munich 2007, ISBN 978-3-486-58086-0 , pp. 105-122.
  • Population balances "and" Displacement losses. On the scientific history of the German victim information from flight and expulsion. In: The population challenge. Developments in modern thinking about the population before, during and after the “Third Reich”. VS - Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, Wiesbaden 2007, ISBN 978-3-531-15556-2 , pp. 267-281.
  • Демографическая конструкция "потерь от изгнания": состояние исследования, проблемы, перспективы. In: Европа. Vol. 7, No. 3 = 24, 2007, pp. 113-133 .
  • The German “Expulsion Losses” - On the genesis of the “Documentation of Expulsion”. In: Tel Aviver yearbook for German history . Vol. 35, 2007, pp. 251-272.
  • The German 'Expulsion Losses' - State of Research, Contexts and Problems. In: Rainer Mackensen , Jürgen Reulecke , Josef Ehmer (eds.): Origins, types and consequences of the construct “population” before, during and after the “Third Reich”. On the history of German population science. VS - Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, Wiesbaden 2009, ISBN 978-3-531-16152-5 , pp. 363-381.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. FWF Project Finder - selection mask. Search for “Jewish Migration”. Retrieved October 7, 2019 .
  2. ^ Ingo Haar - 2 books - Perlentaucher. Retrieved October 7, 2019 .
  3. Academic hit in the USA at .
  4. ^ Founding members. In: Geschichte und Zukunft eV Retrieved on October 7, 2019 .
  5. Historians: Association of Displaced Persons names wrong numbers of victims on from November 14, 2006.
  6. Archive link ( Memento of the original from July 17, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  7. ^ H-Soz-Kult, Forum: Hans Rothfels and contemporary history .
  8. ^ Heinrich August Winkler: Hans Rothfels - an eulogist of Hitler? Critical comments on the source of Ingo Haars' book “Historians in National Socialism” . In: Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte 49 (2001), pp. 643–652 ( PDF ); Ingo Haar: Source criticism or criticism of the sources? Replica to Heinrich August Winkler . In: Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte 50 (2002), pp. 497–505 ( PDF ); Heinrich August Winkler: History of Science or a Distortion of History? Ingo Haar and Hans Rothfels: One reply . In: Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte 50 (2002), pp. 635–652 ( PDF ).