Stern, Fritz - from Germany | United States

ID: 11848
Organization: AIG
Country of meeting: in the year 2015-2016

Historian of German history, Jewish history and historiography. He was a University Professor Emeritus and a provost at New York's Columbia University. His work focused on the complex relationships between Germans and Jews in the 19th and 20th centuries and on the rise of National Socialism in Germany during the first half of the 20th century.

In 1990, he helped persuade British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher that a reunited Germany, firmly anchored in the West, would pose no threat to Europe. Thereafter, in 1993-94, Stern served as an adviser to the U.S. ambassador to Germany, Richard Holbrooke. In 2010, Stern spoke at the former German military headquarters building, the Bendlerblock, on the 66th anniversary of attempted assassination of Hitler. Looking back in January 2016, he told an interviewer, "Sometimes I bemoaned the fact that I had to grow up amid the disintegration of a democracy, now, at the end of life, I am having to experience again the struggles of democracy."

American Academy in Berlin Trustee (1997-)
American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow (1969)
American Philosophical Society 1988
Aspen Institute Trustee, Aspen Institute Berlin (1983-2000)
Center for International Relations (Warsaw) Program Board (2006-)
Dean for America
Einstein Forum (Potsdam) Advisory Board (1992-2000)
German-American Academic Council (1993-97)
German Marshall Fund (1981-99)
Helsinki Watch (1992-)
Institute for Advanced Study Fellow (1969-70)
Institute for Human Sciences (Vienna) Academic Advisory Board (1987-, Vice Chairman 1994-)
Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America Board of Guarantors (2001-)
Jewish Museum (Berlin) Academic Advisory Committee (2000-

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Honorary trustees