Detlef Vogel

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Detlef Vogel

Born1942 (age 76–77)
OccupationHistorian, author, editor
Academic work
Era20th century
InstitutionsMilitary History Research Office (MGFA)
Main interestsModern European history, military history, historiography
Notable worksGermany and the Second World War

Detlev Vogel (born 1942) is a German historian who specialises in the history of Nazi Germany and World War II. He has been a long-time employee of the German Military History Research Office (MGFA).[1] Vogel was a contributor to two volumes of the seminal work Germany and the Second World War from the MGFA.

Historian of Nazi Germany[edit]

Vogel's research into treason in Nazi Germany, in partnership with Wolfram Wette, was the first such project undertaken in Germany. Their resulting book The Last Taboo (2007) showed that, based on the documents examined so far, the soldiers acted mostly out of ethical motives and none of their actions caused harm to civilians or military personnel.[2] It played a role in bringing about the legislative change in 2009 Germany, when the Bundestag passed legislation officially rehabilitating military personnel judged "traitors" by the military justice system during World War II.[3]

Selected works[edit]

In English[edit]


  • Alexander Weinlein (2009): Verspätete Gerechtigkeit: NS-Unrecht Rechtsausschuss billigt einstimmig die Aufhebung der Urteile wegen »Kriegsverrat« [Belated Justice], via the Bundestag web site
  • Deggerich, Markus (2009). "Will Germany Finally Rehabilitate Nazi-Era 'Traitors'?". Stern Online. Retrieved December 22, 2016.

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