German School Faculty
Andreas Kossert received his Ph.D. in Modern History from the Free University of Berlin, after having studied History, Slavonic Studies and Politics at Freiburg, Edinburgh, Bonn and Berlin. He is currently Research Fellow at the Federal Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation in Berlin.
He has worked at the German Historical Institute Warsaw and taught as visiting professor at Dresden University.
His research interests include ethnic, religious and national minorities in Central and Eastern Europe, comparative borderland studies and forced migration.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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GRMN 6629 - The Other Germans
The other Germans: Postwar society and its unwanted refugees from the East
3-week course, first summer session
The course provides an insight into postwar German history, culture and literature. It focuses on the arrival of millions of German refugees from the East and how radically they changed Germany after 1945. (1 unit)
Required Texts: Kossert, Kalte Heimat. Die Geschichte der der deutschen Vertriebenen nach 1945 (Pantheon); Elliger, Und tief in der Seele das Ferne. Die Geschichte einer Vertreibung aus Schlesien (rororo); Hein, Landnahme. Roman (Suhrkamp).Area Studies
GRMN 6650 - The Other Germany:Hist of GDR
The Other Germany: A History of the GDR
In the aftermath of 1945, Germany was divided. This course provides an insight into the political and social history of the Soviet Occupied Zone and later GDR. “The first anti-fascist state in Germany” saw forty years of hope, disillusion, oppression and failure. In 1989, a system collapsed with its people being confronted with tremendous challenges. This course will look at the GDR’s past in national and international politics as well as the social and mental reality of ordinary people who since 1961 found themselves “fenced off” by the regime. We will look at former East German society and their everyday lives between conformity and opposition, between shortage and privilege.
A reader will be made available.Area Studies
GRMN 6662 - Cultural History East Prussia
Prussia from the Margins: A Cultural History of East Prussia
3-week course, 1st session, July 5 - July 26
This course provides an insight into the fascinating cultural legacy of the “Atlantis of the North”: East Prussia. Immanuel Kant, Käthe Kollwitz, Siegfried Lenz, Hannah Arendt: They represent the former easternmost Prussian and later German province’s multi-ethnic traditions. In the late 19th century, East Prussia was in the focus of nationalist claims and debates. East Prussia represents an ideal case study for the gradual demise of a diverse culture being overturned by nationalism and racism. In 1945, at the end of the Nazi years, East Prussia finally disappeared from the geographical map. This course will look at East Prussia’s past in culture, literature and ethnic traditions and what to what extent the region still matters for Germans, Poles, Lithuanians and Russians alike.
Required Text: Lenz, Siegfried: Heimatmuseum. München 2006 (dtv)
Kossert, Andreas: Ostpreußen. Geschichte und Mythos. München 2007 (pantheon) Lipscher, Winfried/Kazimierz Brakoniecki (Hgg.): Meiner Heimat Gesicht. München 1996. [alternatively:Zweite Ausgabe: Ostpreußen im Spiegel der Menschen und Landschaft. Meiner Heimat Gesicht. Augsburg (?) 2000 (Weltbild)] Manthey, Jürgen: Königsberg. Geschichte einer Weltbürgerrepublik. München 2006 (dtv)
Additionally, a reader will be made available.Area Studies