Sönke Neitzel

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Sönke Neitzel
Sönke Neitzel Blaues Sofa 13. Oktober 2011.jpg
Born (1968-06-26) June 26, 1968 (age 50)
Hamburg, West Germany
Nationality German
Alma mater University of Mainz
Scientific career
Fields Military history
Institutions University of Potsdam
London School of Economics

Sönke Neitzel (born June 26, 1968) is a German historian who has written extensively about the Second World War.[1] He is editor of the journal German History in the 20th Century and has written several books such as Soldaten: On Fighting, Killing and Dying; The Secret Second World War Tapes of German POWs based on recordings of German POWs held at Trent Park which he wrote with Harald Welzer.[2][3][4] Neitzel edited the book Tapping Hitler's Generals (with Harald Welzer).[2][5][6]

Neitzel was educated at the University of Mainz and is currently Professor of Military History at the University of Potsdam, having moved there from the London School of Economics in 2015. He has also held posts at the University of Karlsruhe, University of Bern, and the University of Saarbrücken in Germany and Switzerland,[7] and was briefly Professor of Global Security at the University of Glasgow in 2011/12.

Since September 2006 he is married to Gundula Bavendamm, director of Stiftung Flucht, Vertreibung, Versöhnung and daughter of historian Dirk Bavendamm.


  1. ^ Overy, Richard (30 August 2007). "Secret tapes of top Nazis". The Telegraph. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b List of Publications from Neitzel's personal website (in German)
  3. ^ Guy Walters (2012-11-01). "We gunned down English women and children - it was great fun: Newly published transcripts of the private conversations of PoWs prove ordinary German soldiers were just as barbaric as the SS death squads". Mail Online. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  4. ^ Baker, David (21 September 2012). "'I liked to shoot everything - women, kids... it was kind of sport': Secret Nazi tapes reveal how ordinary German soldiers were responsible for war crimes and not just SS". Daily Mail. 
  5. ^ Thomson, Ian (January 25, 2013). "Soldaten by Sönke Neitzel and Harald Welzer: review". The Guardian. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  6. ^ Tapping Hitler's Generals: Transcripts of Secret Conversations, 1942-45, Frontline Books, 2007, ISBN 978-1-84415-705-1
  7. ^ Biography from Neitzel's personal website (in German)

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