Uwe Dietrich Adam

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Uwe Dietrich Adam (* 1940 ; † 1987 ) was a German historian .

Adam studied modern history and contemporary history, political science, sociology and public law. After his doctorate as Dr. phil. in Tübingen he worked from the mid-1970s at the Reutlingen University of Education as an assistant in the subject of scientific politics / social studies. From 1984 to 1987 he was Secretary General of the German Coordination Council of the Societies for Christian-Jewish Cooperation eV in Frankfurt / Main .

His book Jewish Policy in the Third Reich became a standard work; it appeared in 1972 and was reprinted several times - most recently in 2003. Raul Hilberg judged Adam: “As a researcher with deep insights, he asked questions that others overlooked.” Adam recognized an enlightening basic feature of National Socialism: that decisions were made gradually and decision-making procedures evolved into the law with ordinances and even unconditional action. Mark Roseman praised the book in an article published in 2013 as "an essential reading today".

Hilberg supported Adam's (unsuccessful) application for the position of deputy director at the Institute for Contemporary History (IfZ) with a letter of recommendation dated September 23, 1982.


  • Jewish policy in the Third Reich. Droste, Düsseldorf 1972, most recently as an unchanged reprint of the original edition with a foreword by Günther B. Ginzel, Droste, Düsseldorf 2003, ISBN 3-7700-4063-5 .
  • Membership mandate and change of party: a problem of our political order ; In: Politische Vierteljahresschrift, ISSN 0720-4809, Vol. 13 (1972), 3, pp. 300-310
  • Notes on methodological questions in the social sciences: the example of fascism and totalitarianism ; In: Politische Vierteljahresschrift, ISSN 0720-4809, Vol. 16 (1975), 1, pp. 55-88
  • Continuity, Conflict, Change: Considerations for a reorientation of the didactics of politics ; In: From Politics and Contemporary History, ISSN 0479-611X (1975), 29, pp. 1-20
  • University and National Socialism. d. Univ. Tübingen in the Third Reich Franz Steiner Verlag, 1977, ISBN 978-3-16-939602-3
  • How spontaneous was the pogrom? In: Walter H. Pehle (ed.), Der Judenpogrom 1938. From the "Reichskristallnacht" to genocide ; Fischer, Frankfurt / Main 1988, pp. 74-93.
  • The CDU in Württemberg-Hohenzollern ; in: The CDU in Baden-Württemberg and its history. Edited by Paul-Ludwig Weinacht. 1978, 236-247
  • The Gas Chambers . In: François Furet (ed.), Unanswered questions. Nazi Germany and the genocide of the Jews, New York 1989, pp. 134-154
  • Nazi actions concerning the Jews between the beginning of World War II and the German attack on the USSR . In: Francois Furet (ed.), Unanswered questions. Nazi Germany and the genocide of the Jews, New York 1989, pp. 84-95

Individual evidence

  1. Raul Hilberg: Unsolicited Memory - The Way of a Holocaust Researcher. Frankfurt am Main 1994, ISBN 978-3-596-18004-2 , p. 71.
  2. Mark Roseman: Wannsee as a Challenge. In: Norbert Kampe, Peter Klein (ed.): The Wannsee Conference on January 20, 1942 - documents, research status, controversies . Cologne 2013, ISBN 978-3-412-21070-0 , p. 410.
  3. Insight 08 - Bulletin of the Fritz Bauer Institute (autumn 2012), p. 37 Note 54. in the web archive: Fritz Bauer Institute, Insight O8