Peter Longerich

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Peter Longerich (2015)

Peter Longerich (* 1955 in Krefeld ) is a German contemporary historian .


Longerich studied history and received his doctorate in 1983 under Gerhard A. Ritter at the University of Munich with a thesis on the press department of the Foreign Office under Ribbentrop . The contemporary reception praised Longerich's dissertation for having “closed a research gap” with his well-founded study of the Foreign Office's “self-directed” foreign propaganda, since previous work was almost exclusively focused on Joseph Goebbels ' propaganda apparatus.

From 1984 to 1989 Longerich worked at the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich. In 2002/03 he taught as a visiting professor at the Fritz Bauer Institute in Frankfurt am Main and then conducted research in 2003/04 as JB and Maurice Shapiro Senior Scholar in Residence at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington . He is a professor at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College of the University of London and the Director of The Research Center for the Holocaust and Twentieth-Century History . Longerich has also been teaching at the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich since 2012 . He is the editor of the Piper Documentation Series .

Longerich is considered a specialist in the history of the Nazi state and especially the Holocaust . His works in this regard, like his biographies on Heinrich Himmler (2008), Joseph Goebbels (2010) and Adolf Hitler (2015), met with a predominantly positive reception.



  • Propagandists at war. The press department of the Foreign Office under Ribbentrop . Oldenbourg, Munich 1987, ISBN 3-486-54111-0 (= Studies on Contemporary History , Vol. 33).
  • The brown battalions. History of the SA . Beck, Munich 1989, ISBN 3-406-33624-8 .
  • Hitler's deputy. Leadership of the NSDAP and control of the state apparatus by the Hess staff and the party chancellery Bormann . KG Saur, Munich 1992, ISBN 3-598-11081-2 .
  • Politics of annihilation. An overall presentation of the National Socialist persecution of the Jews . Piper, Munich 1998, ISBN 3-492-03755-0 .
  • The Wannsee Conference of January 20, 1942. Planning and beginning of the genocide of European Jews . Ed. Hentrich, Berlin 1998, ISBN 3-89468-250-7 (public lecture in the house of the Wannsee Conference on January 19, 1998; supplemented by an annotated selection bibliography on the Wannsee Conference and the beginning of the genocide of European Jews; with a facsimile of the conference protocol).
  • The unwritten order. Hitler and the way to the "final solution". Piper, Munich 2001, ISBN 3-492-04295-3 .
  • “We didn't know anything about it!” The Germans and the persecution of the Jews 1933–1945. Siedler, Munich 2006, ISBN 3-88680-843-2 .
  • Heinrich Himmler. A biography . Siedler, Munich 2008, ISBN 978-3-88680-859-5 .
  • Goebbels. Biography . Siedler, Munich 2010, ISBN 978-3-88680-887-8 .
  • Hitler. Biography . Siedler, Munich 2015, ISBN 978-3-8275-0060-1 .
  • Wannsee Conference. The way to the "final solution". Pantheon, Munich 2016, ISBN 978-3-570-55344-2 .


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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Review by Hans-Jürgen Döscher in: Historische Zeitschrift . HZ special issue 16 (1992), p. 184 f.
  2. ^ About Karl Paul Schmidt , Hans Georg von Studnitz , Friedrich Sieburg , Friedrich Berber and others. a.
  3. See Bastian Hein: Review by: Peter Longerich: Heinrich Himmler. Biography, Munich: Siedler 2008 . In: Sehepunkte 8, 2008, No. 12 from December 15, 2008.
  4. See Marianne Enigl , Sebastian Hofer: Joseph Goebbels: The last fanatic in: profile , November 13, 2010. Sven Felix Kellerhoff : Joseph Goebbels - Narcissus by Hitler's grace . In: Welt Online , November 15, 2010. Willi Winkler : Nazi dictatorship: biography. Goebbels and his Christ, whose name was Adolf . In: Süddeutsche Zeitung online , November 15, 2010 (under the title “I am the focus and everything revolves around me.” In: Süddeutsche Zeitung , No. 264, November 15, 2010, p. 11).
  5. Review by Richard Herzinger : Was the Nazi regime a one-man show? Peter Longerich describes Adolf Hitler as an omnipresent control freak . In: Die Welt , November 6, 2015.