Volker Ullrich (historian)

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Volker Ullrich (born December 20, 1943 in Celle ) is a German publicist and historian .


Ullrich grew up with four brothers. He studied history, literary studies, philosophy and education at the University of Hamburg and graduated with the first state examination. From 1966 to 1969 he worked at the historical seminar in Hamburg as an assistant to Egmont Zechlin and received his doctorate in 1975 with a dissertation on the Hamburg labor movement at the beginning of the 20th century. After the second state examination he was from 1976 teacher working for German and history in Hamburg, first at the former Oberstufenzentrum Süderelbe, later more on Wilhelm Gymnasium . He was also a temporary lecturer in didactics of politics at the Lüneburg University of Education . In 1988 he became a research assistant at the Hamburg Foundation for the Social History of the 20th Century . From 1990 to 2009 Ullrich headed the “Political Book” section at the weekly newspaper Die Zeit . Ullrich works as a reviewer for many media, so he often writes the calendar sheet for Deutschlandfunk , z. B. from February 13, 2020 to commemorate the air raids on Dresden .

He has published numerous articles in the period and several books on subjects related to 19th and 20th century history. With the article Hitler's willing murderers. A book provokes a new historians ' dispute on the front page of Die Zeit on April 12, 1996, and Ullrich initiated the “ Goldhagen debate ”.

In 1992 Ullrich was awarded the Alfred Kerr Prize for literary criticism . In 2008 the Philosophical Faculty of the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena awarded him an honorary doctorate .

His son Sebastian Ullrich is also a historian.

Fonts (selection)

  • The Hamburg labor movement from the eve of the First World War to the revolution of 1918/19. 2 volumes. Lüdke, Hamburg 1976, ISBN 3-920588-39-8 (dissertation, University of Hamburg, 1976).
  • When the throne wavered. The end of the Hohenzollern Empire, 1890–1918. Donat, Bremen 1993, ISBN 3-924444-75-7 .
  • The nervous great power. Rise and fall of the German Empire 1871–1918 . S. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main 1997, ISBN 3-10-086001-2 .
  • The restless rebel. Karl Plättner 1893–1945. A biography. Beck, Munich 2000, ISBN 3-406-46585-4 .
  • Five shots at Bismarck. Historical reports. Beck, Munich 2002, ISBN 3-406-49400-5 .
  • Napoleon. A biography. Rowohlt, Reinbek bei Hamburg 2004, ISBN 3-498-06882-2 .
  • The sublime monster. Napoleon and other historical reports. Beck, Munich 2008, ISBN 978-3-406-56820-6 .
  • The Kreisau Circle. Rowohlt, Reinbek near Hamburg 2008, ISBN 978-3-499-50701-4 .
  • The revolution of 1918/19. Becksche series, Munich 2009, ISBN 978-3-406-56254-9 .
  • Adolf Hitler. The years of ascent 1889–1939. Biography , Volume 1. S. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main 2013, ISBN 978-3-10-086005-7 .
  • Adolf Hitler. The years of decline 1939–1945. Biography , Volume 2. S. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main 2018, ISBN 978-3-10-397280-1 .
  • Eight days in May. The last week of the Third Reich. CH Beck, Munich 2020, ISBN 9783406749858 . (Review on May 6, 2020 in MDR Kultur by Stefan Nölke.)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b c Connoisseurs and advocates of the science of history: Dr. On December 16, Volker Ullrich receives an honorary doctorate from the University of Jena (PDF; 124 kB), website of the University of Jena reproduced in the IDW Science Information Service, notification of December 8, 2008, accessed on February 13, 2020.
  2. ^ V. Ullrich: Eight days in May. The last week of the Third Reich. Munich 2020, p. 309.
  3. Hitler and National Socialism. A current research report , website of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, accessed on May 28, 2016.
  4. When Dresden's old town was in flames. In: Deutschlandfunk Online. February 13, 2020, accessed February 13, 2020 .
  5. Volker Ullrich: Hitler's willing murderers. A book provokes a new dispute between historians . Online text from: Die Zeit . April 12, 1996.
  6. Michael Schneider: The "Goldhagen Debate". A historians' dispute in the media society (= history discussion group. Vol. 17). Bonn 1997, ISBN 3-86077-669-X ( online ).
  7. ^ Rudolf Walther: How Adolf became Hitler. In: Tages-Anzeiger . October 9, 2013, accessed October 26, 2015.
  8. How the Germans experienced the end of the war.