Ulrich Mählert

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Ulrich Mählert (born June 19, 1968 in Neckarsulm ) is a German contemporary historian. He is an employee of the Foundation for the Processing of the SED dictatorship .


Born in Neckarsulm in 1968, Mählert graduated from the Albert Schweitzer Grammar School there in 1987. From 1987 to 1992 he studied political science, English and German at the University of Mannheim . In 1994 he received his doctorate with a study on the establishment of the Free German Youth and its transformation into a SED mass organization (1945 / 46–1949) . The work was supervised by Hermann Weber . Mählert received a scholarship from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation during his studies and doctorate . From 1994 to 1998 he worked on an international research project funded by the Volkswagen Foundation on the history of the party purges under communism . He dealt with the waves of purges in the SED between 1948 and 1953.

In 1997, Mählert developed the concept of a major popular science event, which was to take stock of the research carried out since 1990 on the 50th anniversary of the double founding of the German state and on the tenth anniversary of the peaceful revolution in 1999. He won the Potsdam Center for Contemporary History Research for the project and, with the support of Hermann Weber, managed to finance the project with funds from the Brandenburg Ministry of Culture and Daimler-Benz as well as the Federal Agency for Civic Education . The patron was the then President of the Bundestag Wolfgang Thierse . In February 1998, Mählert moved to the Center for Contemporary History Research in Potsdam to prepare the 1949/89/99 History Forum “Separate Past - Common History?”, Which was held in the Prussian Landtag in Berlin and in the Humboldt University in Berlin took place. Around 2,500 citizens attended around 100 events on a wide variety of topics.

On November 1, 1999, Mählert switched to the Foundation for the Processing of the SED Dictatorship as a scientific advisor , where he has since been responsible in particular for promoting science. He initiated u. a. the scholarship program of the foundation reprocessing, within the framework of which over 75 doctoral scholarships have been awarded since 2001.

Mählert has been a member of the SPD since 1984 and was politically active at the local level in the 1980s. Since 2000 he has been a member of the historical commission of the party executive committee of the SPD. Mählert is secretary on the executive board of the Vereinigung Gegen Vergessen - für Demokratie , deputy chairman of the Gerda and Hermann Weber Foundation and the international scientific advisory board of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Research on the Consequences of War, Graz. From 2007 to 2017 Mählert was a member of the scientific advisory committee of the Federal Commissioner for Stasi Records.

Publications (selection)

Mählert is the author and editor of numerous publications. In 1994 he founded the newsletter " Current Issues from GDR Research" , which until 2010 provides information about trends in this research field three times a year. In this context, he developed and published the Vademecum GDR Research , which provides information on relevant archives, libraries, research institutions, contemporary historical associations, museums and memorials. The directory, which has appeared in multiple book editions, is searchable as a database. In addition to various book and brochure publications, he produced several audio CDs and DVDs for the Foundation to Process the SED dictatorship. Mählert is co-editor of the series Archives of Communism - Paths of the XX. Century at the Berlin Aufbau Verlag and - since 2007 managing director - co-editor of the yearbook for historical communism research .

  • The Free German Youth 1945–1949 . Paderborn 1995.
  • with Gerd-Rüdiger Stephan: blue shirts - red flags. The history of the Free German Youth . Opladen 1995.
  • with Hermann Weber (ed.): Terror. Stalinist party purges 1936–1953 . 2nd edition, Paderborn 2001.
  • Vademecum GDR research . Berlin 2002.
  • with Rainer Eppelmann and Bernd Faulenbach (eds.): Balance sheet and perspectives of GDR research . Paderborn 2003.
  • Ed .: June 17, 1953. An uprising for unity, law and freedom . Bonn 2003.
  • with Jens Hüttmann and Peer Pasternack (eds.): Communicate GDR history . Berlin 2004.
  • with Volkhard Knigge (Ed.): Communism in the Museum . Cologne 2005.
  • A short history of the GDR . Munich, 7th edition 2009.
  • with Hermann Weber (ed.): crime in the name of the idea . Berlin 2007.
  • with Hans-Joachim Veen and Franz-Josef Schlichting (eds.): Parties in young democracies. Between fragility and stabilization in East Central Europe. Cologne 2008.
  • with Hans-Joachim Veen and Peter March (eds.): Interactions East-West. Dissidence, Opposition and Civil Society 1975–1989 (= European dictatorships and their overcoming , volume 12). Böhlau, Cologne 2007, ISBN 978-3-412-23306-8 .
  • with Frank Möller (ed.): Demarcation and entanglement. Divided Germany in the contemporary historical debate . Berlin 2008.
  • with Pavel Zacek and Bernd Faulenbach (eds.): Czechoslovakia 1945/48 to 1989. Studies on communist rule and repression . Leipzig 2008.
  • with Daniel Hechler, Jens Hüttmann and Peer Pasternack (eds.): Doctorate on German-German contemporary history . Manual. Berlin 2009.
  • with Volkhard Knigge, Hans-Joachim Veen and Franz-Josef Schlichting (eds.): Work on European memory. Experience of dictatorship and development of democracy . Cologne 2011
  • (Co-author, with Ralf Georg Reuth and Hans Wilhelm Saure) Kai Diekmann (Ed.): The wall. Facts, pictures, fates. Piper, Munich 2011, ISBN 978-3-492-05485-0 .
  • Ed .: The GDR as an opportunity. New perspectives on an old topic. Metropol, Berlin 2016, ISBN 978-3-86331-283-1 .
  • managing editor: Yearbook for Historical Research on Communism .

Web links

Online publications

  1. Ulrich Mählert: History of the GDR. Erfurt 2011
  2. Ulrich Mählert: FDJ 1946-1989. Erfurt 2001

Individual evidence

  1. History Forum 1949/89/99
  2. Grants program of the Foundation Aufverarbeitung
  3. database
  4. ↑ To convey GDR history
  5. Communism in the Museum (PDF file; 75 kB)
  6. A short history of the GDR.
  7. ^ Yearbook for Historical Research on Communism