Schrag Lecture: German Jewish Émigrés and the Foundations of the Cold War: The Case of Ernst Fraenkel

by CJS


Udi Greenberg, Dartmouth College

Event Details

Thursday, October 25, 2012
4:00 p.m.
L160 Elvehjem Building (800 University Avenue)

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Mosse Program in the History Department and made possible by the generosity of the Schrag family.


Ernst Fraenkel was a political theoretician who worked to build ties between the United States and West Germany during the Cold War. He founded “American Studies” in Germany and consulted with many U.S. diplomats. But the networks that Fraenkel helped establish were not merely the product of U.S. pressure and its Cold War campaigns in Europe; they can be traced back to internal political debates in pre-Nazi Germany, in which Jewish intellectuals played a crucial role. During the 1920s, thinkers like Fraenkel envisioned large-scale social reforms, and called on Germany to establish a welfare state. After fleeing to the United States from Nazism, they believed that the New Deal fulfilled this vision, and when World War II came to an end, they worked inside the U.S. diplomatic establishment to disseminate similar social reforms around the world.

About the Speaker

Udi Greenberg is an Assistant Professor of History at Dartmouth College. He has studied in Israel, Germany, and the United States, and received his PhD from the Hebrew University at Jerusalem. During his studies, he spent two years in Madison, one of them as a fellow of the George Mosse Program. He published several articles on European thought and international history, and is currently completing a book on German Émigrés and the Cold War.