Dr. Jonathan Kaplan -Lahnstein Scholarship Fellow

Dr. Jonathan Kaplan will receive our Manfred  Lahnstein Fellowship. He will conduct a research project on the topic: “East-German/Jewish relations and “Coming to Terms with the National Socialist Past

Dr. Jonathan Kaplan is a project associate (Projektmitarbeiter) at the Specialized Information Service (FID) for Jewish Studies at the University Library Johann Christian Senckenberg Frankfurt am Main. Kaplan received his PhD in History from the Freie Universität Berlin in 2020. He published his first book in 2022 in German: Diplomatie der Aufarbeitung. Das Ministerium für Auswärtige Angelegenheiten der DDR und die nationalsozialistische Vergangenheit. The book ultimately portrays how the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the German Democratic Republic instrumentalized Nazi history to consolidate the East German self-definition as reactionary to the Federal Republic. Kaplan is currently working on his second book about political exchange between the East German government and Jewish organizations in non-socialist countries.

Research areas: Post-War Germany , Holocaust and Memory, East Germany, Cold-War, German-Jewish Relations, Israeli History, Politics and Culture