Simone Lässig

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Simone Lässig at the Historikertag 2014 in Göttingen.

Simone Lässig (* 1964 in Altenburg ) is a German historian and director of the German Historical Institute in Washington .


Lässig graduated from the Advanced High School in Altenburg in 1982 . She then studied until 1987 at the Pedagogical University of Dresden , where she in 1990 with a thesis on "Political Military action of social democracy in eastern Saxony" doctorate . She then worked initially as a research assistant and from 1993 as a research assistant to Karlheinz Blaschke at the chair for Saxon regional history at the Technical University of Dresden . Afterwards, Lässig was a postdoctoral fellow from the German Research Foundation between 1999 and 2001and from 2002 to 2006 Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington (DC) . In the meantime , she completed her habilitation in 2003 with a study on the “ bourgeoisisation of Jews in Germany ”. For her habilitation thesis , which was later published under the title “Jewish Paths into the Bourgeoisie”, Lässig received the 2004 Habilitation Prize from the German Association of Historians .

Simone Lässig has been director of the Georg Eckert Institute for international textbook research and professor for modern and contemporary history at the Technical University of Braunschweig since 2006 . From October 2009 to June 2010 she took a visiting professor at St Antony's College of University of Oxford true. Simone Lässig is on leave from 2015 to 2020 and is responsible for the director of the German Historical Institute in Washington .

Her research interests include the social and cultural history of the 19th and 20th centuries, in particular Jewish history, religion and religiosity , foundations and donations , entrepreneurial history, European history and questions about history didactics .

Simone Lässig has a daughter.

Functions and memberships

Publications (selection)


  • Suffrage struggle and electoral reforms in Saxony (1895–1909). Böhlau, Weimar / Cologne / Vienna 1996, ISBN 3-412-11095-7 .
  • Jewish ways into the middle class. Cultural capital and social advancement in the 19th century. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2004, ISBN 3-525-36840-2 .
    • (Habilitation thesis: Causes of a precarious success. The bourgeoisisation of the Jews in Germany in the age of emancipation. TU Dresden 2003, DNB 967534410 )


  • with Karl Heinrich Pohl , James Retallack: Modernization and Region in Wilhelmine Germany. Elections, the right to vote and political culture. Publishing house for regional history, Bielefeld 1995, ISBN 3-895-34153-3 .
  • with Karl Heinrich Pohl: Saxony in the Empire. Politics, economy and society in upheaval. Böhlau, Weimar / Cologne / Vienna 1997, ISBN 3-412-04396-6 .
  • with Karl Heinrich Pohl: Projects in the subject of history. Historical research and discovery in schools and universities. Wochenschau, Schwalbach / Ts., ISBN 3-899-74323-7 .
  • with Miriam Rürup : Space and Spatiality in Modern German-Jewish History (New German Historical Perspectives; 8). Berghahn, New York 2017, ISBN 978-1-78533-553-2 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. 45th German Historians 'Day: Award of the prizes of the Association of Historians of Germany ( Memento from September 5, 2012 in the web archive ), press release during the 45th German Historians' Day , September 16, 2004.