The rise of right wing movements across the globe, increasing polarisation and an alarming increase in anti-Semitism across Europe require us to look at the past and understand the politics and policies of exclusion we continue to witness today – and what we can do as stewards of good governance to combat against them.
In November 2020, the Hertie Foundation commissioned the Gesellschaft für Unternehmensgeschichte to conduct a comprehensive study on the history of its assets. The independent study will be conducted Dr. Johannes Bähr and PD Dr. Ingo Köhler with a focus on the period from 1933 and will be published as a book-length project by the end of 2022.
As the work of Dr. Bähr and Dr. Köhler progresses, Acting President Mark Hallerberg would like to invite members of our community to explore the politics and policies of exclusion both in a historical and contemporary context.
Consequences of the Nazi regime for firms
The launch event of the event series Understanding politics and policies of exclusion which took place on Tuesday, 30 March 2021, featured Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Joachim Scholtyseck. Dr. Scholtyseck discussed in his presentation the policy tools the National Socialists used to suppress the economic growth or success of Jewish-owned firms in Germany. The event, moderated by our Dean of Executive Education Andrea Römmele, explored the origins and consequences of enforced reorganisation on companies and organisations in Germany after the Nazis came to power.
Policies of exclusion today
The second event in the event series Understanding politics and policies of exclusion which took place on Tuesday, 11 May 2021, discussed what processes change a society into an exclusionary community and with which impulses and procedures institutions in democracies respond to the pressures they are under.
The Hertie School welcomed Daniel Ziblatt, award-winning author and director of the research unit Transformations of Democracy at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) to deliver a keynote lecture, addressing topics from his best-selling book, "How Democracies Die". Dean of Graduate Programmes and Professor of European Politics Christine Reh moderated an open discussion with Professor Ziblatt following his remarks.
Watch the recording of the event:
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