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Ofer Ashkenazi

History Department 1110 Heller Hall 271 19th Ave S

Department Affiliations


  • modern European history
  • German-Jewish History
  • European Peace Movement during the Interwar Period
  • German Film
  • Zionism

Educational Background

  • PhD: History, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem.


  • Weimar Film and Modern Jewish Identity. Ashkenazi, Ofer, Palgrave-Macmillan, Author, 2012. Link Image
  • A Walk into the Night: Madness and Subjectivity in the Films of the Weimar Republic . Ashkenazi, Ofer, Am Oved, Author, 2010. Image
  • “The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner: German-Jewish Athletes and the Formation of Zionist (Trans-)National Culture,“ : Ashkenazi, Ofer, Jewish Social Studies, (Spring/Summer 2012) 124-155.
  • “Home-Coming as a National Founding Myth: Jewish Identity and East German Landscapes in Konrad Wolf’s I was Nineteen,“ : Ashkenazi, Ofer, Religions, 3.1 (Spring 2012) 130-150. Link
  • “Zionism and Violence in Albert Einstein’s Worldview,“ : Ashkenazi, Ofer, Journal of Jewish Studies, 62.2 (Autumn 2012) 331-355.
  • “The “˜German-Jewish Symbiosis’ in Konrad Wolf’s Historical Films“: Ashkenazi, Ofer, Dan Diner, Gideon Reuveni & Yfaat weiss (eds.), Deutsche Zeiten. Geschichte und Lebenswelt, (Vandenhoeck & Rupert), 2012.
  • "Re-framing the Interwar Peace Movement: The Curious Case of Albert Einstein," : Ashkenazi, Ofer, Journal of Contemporary History, 46.4 (Spring 2011) 741-766.
  • "Ridiculous Trauma: Comic Representations of the Nazi Past in Contemporary German Visual Culture," : Ashkenazi, Ofer, Cultural Critique, 78 (Fall 2011) 88-118.
  • “Social Justice and a Nuclear Bomb: The “˜Jewish Sensitivity’ of Albert Einstein,“ : Ashkenazi, Ofer, New Studies in the History of German Jewry, Leo-Baeck Institute, Jerusalem, 14 (September 2011) 1-51.
  • “Rethinking the Role of Film in German History,“ : Ashkenazi, Ofer, Rethinking History, 14.1 (Fall 2010) .
  • ““˜A New Era of Peace and Understanding’: The Integration of Sound-Film into German Popular Cinema, 1929-1932,“: Ashkenazi, Ofer, Christian Rogowski (ed.). , (Camden House), The Many Faces of Weimar Cinema,, 249-267, 2010.
  • “Middle-Class Heroes: Anti-Nationalism in the Popular Adventure Films of the Weimar Republic“: Ashkenazi, Ofer, John A. Williams (ed.), Palgrave-Macmillan, Weimar Culture Revisited, 73-98, 2010.
  • “Prisoners’ Fantasies: The Longing for Law and Order in Weimar Film“ : Ashkenazi, Ofer, Journal of European Studies, (Fall 2009), 39(3) 290-304.
  • “The Incredible Transformation of Dr. Bessel: Alternative Memories of the Great War in German War Films of the late 1920s“: Ashkenazi, Ofer, History and Memory , (Spring/Summer, 2008), 20(1) 121-153.
  • ““˜A Zionist, not a National Jew’: Albert Einstein and Brit-Shalom,“: Ashkenazi, Ofer, Adi Gordon, Carmel, Brit-Shalom and Bi-National Zionism: The “˜Arab Problem’ as a Jewish Problem,, 123-148, 2008.
  • “Beyond Stereotypes and Assimilation: The “˜Jewish-Comedy’ of the Weimar Republic" : Ashkenazi, Ofer, Zion, 2007 301-323.
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