Prof. Ofer Ashkenazi

Center Director (on sabbatical 2019/20)

A Senior Lecturer in the History Department and the School of Arts at the Hebrew University. He received his PhD in History from the Hebrew University in 2006. He conducted a post-doctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley, and taught at the University of Minnesota. He is a faculty member at the HU since the summer of 2013, teaching classes on modern German History and culture, modern European history, and visual culture. His research interests include Central European cultural and intellectual history, modern visual culture, and Jewish urban experience in twentieth-century Europe. His previous publications include two monographs on the German and the German-Jewish film before 1933, as well as articles on various topics, including the immigration of German-Jewish athletes to Palestine, comic representations of Nazism, and the multivalent politics of Albert Einstein. His current research project examines the works of filmmakers and photographers who emigrated from Germany during the 1930s. It explores the influence of the experiences, the intellectual paradigms, and the artistic imagination of the Weimar era on the development of various national cultures in post-1933 Europe, the United States and Israel.


Selected Publications


Weimar Film and Modern Jewish Identity (Palgrave-McMillan, 2012)


A Walk into the Night: Reason and Subjectivity in the Films of the Weimar Republic (Am Oved, Hebrew, 2010).

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