Hannah Arendt Institute for Totalitarianism Studies

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Hannah Arendt Institute for Totalitarianism Studies
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Named afterHannah Arendt
EstablishedJune 17, 1993 (1993-06-17)
TypeResearch institute
PurposeBasic research in contemporary history and comparative politics
Coordinates51°01′46″N 13°43′27″E / 51.02955°N 13.72430°E / 51.02955; 13.72430
Thomas Lindenberger [de]
PublicationTotalitarianism and Democracy [de]
Parent organization
Dresden University of Technology
Staff (2018)
c. 50[1]

The Hannah Arendt Institute for Totalitarianism Studies (abbreviation: HAIT; German: Hannah-Arendt-Institut für Totalitarismusforschung) is a German research institute affiliated with the Dresden University of Technology, devoted to research on totalitarianism and comparative studies of dictatorships, particularly communism/state socialism and fascism/nazism. Named in honour of Hannah Arendt, the author of The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951), the institute was founded by a decision of the Landtag of Saxony shortly after the fall of communism and opened on June 17, 1993. In its first two decades of existence, the main focus has been on the former East Germany and post-communist studies; since the 2010s the institute has also strengthened its research on the Nazi era and comparative analysis of autocratic regimes. Since 2017, Thomas Lindenberger [de] is the institute's director.



  1. ^ "Jahresbericht 2018" (PDF; 9,1 MB) (in German). Hannah Arendt Institute for Totalitarianism Studies. Retrieved 2020-01-20.


  • Ansprachen zur Eröffnung des Hannah-Arendt-Institutes am 17. Juni 1993 (in German). Dresden: Self-publishing. 1993. DNB-IDN 941395464.
  • Zehn Jahre Hannah-Arendt-Institut für Totalitarismusforschung e. V. an der Technischen Universität Dresden (in German). Dresden: Self-publishing. 2003. ISBN 978-3-931648-44-2.

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