Bernd Wegner

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Bernd Wegner
Born 1949 (age 68–69)
Occupation Historian, author, editor
Academic background
Alma mater University of Hamburg
Academic work
Era 20th century
Institutions Military History Research Office (MGFA)
Helmut Schmidt University
Main interests Modern European history, history of international relations, military history, historiography
Notable works Germany and the Second World War

Bernd Wegner (born 1949) is a German historian who specialised in military history and the history of Nazism. He is Professor of Modern History at the Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg, Germany, the position he's held since 1997.

Wegner is a contributor to the seminal work Germany and the Second World War from the Military History Research Office (MGFA). His book on the Waffen-SS, published in English as The Waffen-SS: Organization, Ideology and Function by Blackwell Publishing, has been issued in Germany in nine editions (the latest being 2010) and is considered to be the standard work on the history of the Waffen-SS; concentrating on the pre-war years.[1]

Education and career[edit]

After military service in the Bundeswehr, Wegner studied history, philosophy and political science at the Universities of Tübingen, Vienna and Hamburg. He earned his PhD in 1980 at the University of Hamburg, completing his dissertation under Klaus-Jürgen Müller (historian) (de) at the History Department. Wegner worked for over 15 years at the Military History Research Office (MGFA) in Freiburg, Germany. Since 1997, Wegner is a professor of Modern History of Western Europe at the Helmut Schmidt University of the Bundeswehr (Federal Armed Forces) in Hamburg. His students included future military historians Agilolf Kesselring (de), Thorsten Loch (de), Rudolf J. Schlaffer (de), Oliver von Wrochem (de) and John Zimmermann (historian) (de).[2]

Historian of Nazi Germany[edit]

Wegner is a widely published author and editor on the subjects of military history of Nazi Germany and the history of National Socialism. From 2000 to 2005, Wegner was chairman of the German Committee for the History of the Second World War. He is co-editor of the book series War in History published by Verlag Ferdinand Schöningh in Germany. He is also one of the authors of the seminal work Germany and the Second World War from the Military History Research Office (MGFA) contributing to several volumes of the series.[3]

Several of Wegner's books have been published in English, including The Waffen-SS: Organization, Ideology and Function. According to historian Timothy Garton Ash, Wegner is "the leading authority on the Waffen-SS".[4] Although, as Wegner writes in the book introduction, his focus on the Waffen-SS "concentrates more on the pre-war" years and for the war-time history of the organisation he recommends "especially", George Stein's work The Waffen-SS: Hitler's Elite Guard at War 1939–1945.[1]

Wegner was the editor of the 1998 collection of essays that appeared in English as From Peace to War: Germany, Soviet Russia, and the World, 1939–1941 published by Berghahn Books. The review at H-Net finds that:[5]

On the whole, the thirty-five essays succeed extremely well in meeting the editors' objectives. Not only does the reader get the promised overview of research and scholarly debates, thanks to the international cast of contributors (nine different countries are represented here)--the book also touches on a lot of international scholarship that because of its vast scope and linguistic diversity would be impossible to master for any single individual.


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