|Born||February 9, 1949
Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
|Alma mater||PhD University of Minnesota 1971|
|Major works||Jewish High Society in Old Regime Berlin
How Jews Became Germans
Deborah Hertz (born February 9, 1949), is an American historian whose specialties are modern German history, modern Jewish history and modern European women's history. Her current research focuses on the history of radical Jewish women.
Hertz’s first book, Jewish High Society in Old Regime Berlin (Yale, 1988 and Syracuse, 2005) traces the rise and decline of Jewish salons in Berlin at the close of the eighteenth century.  It was published in an English hardcover edition by the Yale University Press and translated into German under the title Wie Juden Deutsch Wurden: Die Welt jüdischer Konvertiten vom 17. bis zum 19. Jahrhundert. It appeared in paperback in 2005 from the Syracuse University Press.
Her second book is How Jews Became Germans: The History of Conversion and Assimilation in Berlin (Yale, 2007), which examines the frequency and significance of Jewish conversion to the Lutheran faith from the seventeenth century onwards. This book has also been translated into German under the title Die jüdische Salons im alten Berlin.
Early life and education
Deborah Hertz was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in 1949 and graduated from Highland Park Senior High School in 1967. She attended New York University for two years and studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem for her Junior Year Abroad in 1969–70. She then returned to the United States and graduated with a major in Humanities, summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota in 1971. She remained at the University of Minnesota and received her PhD in German history in 1979.
After a year teaching at Pittsburg State University in Kansas, she moved to the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1979 and remained there until 1996. In that year she accepted a position at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. Hertz became the Wouk Chair in Modern Jewish Studies at the University of California, San Diego in 2004.
Hertz has held visiting appointments at the Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, the University of Haifa, and held two visiting professorships at Harvard University.
Hertz is married to Professor Martin Bunzl of Rutgers University and they have two grown children.
How Jews Became Germans: The History of Conversion and Assimilation in Berlin
(New Haven and London: Yale University Press, November 2007). Paperback edition January 2009; German edition Wie Juden Deutsch Wurden: Die Welt jüdischer Konvertiten vom 17. bis zum 19. Jahrhundert, translated by Thomas Bertrand. Frankfurt am Main and New York: Campus Verlag, August 2010.
Jewish High Society in Old Regime Berlin
(New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1988). The translated hardback edition of the book is Die jüdische Salons im alten Berlin (Frankfurt/M.: Anton Hain, 1991). A paperback edition was published by the Deutsche Taschenbuch Verlag (Munich, 1995). The Philo Verlag has published three editions of the German paperback since 1998 and the German hardback remains in print. A total of 10,000 copies of the book have been sold in Germany. A paperback edition in English appeared with Syracuse University Press in 2005, with a Preface summarizing new research in the field.
Briefe an eine Freundin: Rahel Varnhagen an Rebecca Friedländer (Cologne: Kiepenheuer and Witsch, 1988).
The following are Hertz’s articles since moving to the University of California, San Diego:
- 2014: "Judaism in Germany 1650---1815", Cambridge History of Judaism (Volume 7)
- 2012: Family Love and Public Judaism: The Conversion Problematic in 19th Century Germany
- 2012: The Red Countess Helene von Racowitza: From the edict of emancipation in 1812 to Suicide in 1912
- 2011: Masquerades and Open Secrets, Or New Ways to Understand Jewish Assimilation
- 2006: Männlichkeit und Melancholie in Berlin der Biedermeierzeit
- 2005: Public Leisure and the Rise of the Salons
- 2005: Dueling for Emancipation: Jewish Masculinity in the Era of Napoleon
- 2004: Amalie Beer als Schirmherrin bürgerlicher Kultur und religiöser Reform
- 2004: Be Careful What You Wish For: Missing Women in the New Picture of Jewish Masculinity
- "Deborah Hertz". Jewish Women’s Archive. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
- Peck, Jason (July 2006). "A Missed Opportunity?". H-Net. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
- Jewish High Society in Old Regime Berlin (Google Books), Jewish High Society in Old Regime Berlin Google Books about page.
- Gay, Peter (1 March 2008). "The last temptation. How Jews Became Germans: The History of Conversion and Assimilation in Berlin (book review)". Moment (accessed via HighBeam Research, subscription required). Retrieved 10 May 2012.
- Goozé, Marjanne E (1 January 2009). "How Jews Became Germans: The History of Conversion and Assimilation in Berlin (book review)". The German Quarterly (accessed via HighBeam Research, subscription required). Retrieved 14 May 2012.
- How Jews Became Germans (Google Books), How Jews Became Germans Google Books about page.
- Hertz, Deborah. "Deborah Hertz". http://deborahhertz.com/bio/.
- "Deborah Hertz Curriculum Vitae".