Einträge von A.Laba

Cooperation event series in Berlin

We are looking forward to the upcoming cooperation event series with the Topography of Terror Documentation Center in Berlin and the Foundation Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe Berlin (in German): On 14 September 2021, the Book Launch event for the German audience will take place on the occasion of the publication of our […]

We mourn the death of Włodzimierz Borodziej (1956-2021)

In Włodzimierz Borodziej, the renowned Polish historian and professor at the Institute of History at the University of Warsaw, we have lost not only one of the greatest advocates of German-Polish reconciliation and cooperation, but also a personality who significantly shaped European historiography and opened up new perspectives. He was closely associated with our source […]

Book Release “Fighting Hunger, Dealing with Shortage”

We are excited to announce the publication of our book edition “Fighting Hunger, Dealing with Shortage”. This collaborative project, released in two volumes, is an edited collection of primary sources. For the first time an insight is given into the experiences of ordinary people under German occupation, their everyday life and how it quickly became […]

Coping with Hunger and Shortage under German Occupation in World War II

Editors: Tönsmeyer, Tatjana, Haslinger, Peter, Laba, Agnes   Provides the first Europe-wide, comparative bottom-up approach to the history of occupied societies during the Second World War Examines individual and group strategies for overcoming drastic shortages Analyses the makeshift economies which emerged under occupation including black markets, bartering, smuggling and prostitution This volume demonstrates how German expansion in the […]

State of North Rhine-Westphalia supports research into occupied societies in Europe during the Second World War

Thanks to funding from the “Programme for the Humanities, Social and Cultural Sciences”, an online portal is being developed within the framework of the research project “Occupied Societies in the Second World War – A European Perspective”. This portal aims to make sources which illuminate the manifold issues related to questions of supply and experiences […]


Reading of sources from the editorial project

“There are not enough potatoes, there is just hunger” wrote an unknown Czech author with trembling hands on the margin of a newspaper clipping. Wherever the German Wehrmacht moved in, shortage and hunger soon began to dominate the lives of the members of the occupied societies. Where there were not sufficient rations, as was the […]