Peter Longerich

Peter Longerich (born 1955 in Krefeld) is a German professor of history. He is regarded by fellow historians, including Ian Kershaw, Richard Evans, Timothy Snyder, Mark Roseman and Richard Overy, as one of the leading German authorities on the Holocaust.[1]

Peter Longerich
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Born1955 (age 65–66)
Academic background
Academic work
Notable worksThe Unwritten Order: Hitler's Role in the Final Solution
Holocaust: The Nazi Persecution and Murder of the Jews
Heinrich Himmler: A Life
Goebbels: A Biography


Longerich studied at the University of Munich and received a Ph.D. in history and an M.A. in history and sociology.[2]

In 2002–03, Longerich was the third holder of the Visiting Chair at the Fritz Bauer Institute in Frankfurt. In 2003–04, he was J.B. and Maurice Shapiro Senior Scholar in Residence at the Centre for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC, where he worked on a biography of Heinrich Himmler. In 2005–06, he was a Fellow at the Wissenschaftszentrum Nordrhein-Westfalen.[2]

Longerich was director of the Research Centre for the Holocaust and Twentieth-Century History at Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL), where he worked alongside the late David Cesarani. In 2015, he left his position at Royal Holloway and returned to Germany. His major research interests include the history of the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, the Second World War, the Holocaust, Heinrich Himmler, and Joseph Goebbels.

He has appeared in the media to comment upon the links between Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust, as well as on related topics,[3] and has published, in 2001, a book documenting Hitler's pivotal role in the Holocaust entitled The Unwritten Order. The book arose from his expert testimony at the David Irving trial. Reviewing Longerich's work, Timothy Snyder declared Holocaust "profound" and Heinrich Himmler: A Life "magnificent".[1]

Published worksEdit


  • The Unwritten Order: Hitler's Role in the Final Solution. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. 2003 [2001]. ISBN 978-0-7524-2564-1.
  • Holocaust: The Nazi Persecution and Murder of the Jews. Oxford: University Press. 2010. ISBN 978-0-19-280436-5.
  • Heinrich Himmler: A Life. Oxford: University Press. 2011. ISBN 978-0-19-959232-6.
  • Goebbels: A Biography. Random House. 2015. ISBN 978-1400067510.
  • Hitler: A Life. OUP Oxford. 2019. ISBN 978-0198796091.


  • (1989). Die braunen Bataillone. Geschichte der SA. Beck, Múnich. ISBN 3-406-33624-8.
  • (1992). Hitlers Stellvertreter. Führung der NSDAP und Kontrolle des Staatsapparates durch den Stab Heß und Bormanns Partei-Kanzlei. K.G. Saur. ISBN 3-598-11081-2.
  • (1998). Politik der Vernichtung. Eine Gesamtdarstellung der nationalsozialistischen Judenverfolgung. Piper: Munich. ISBN 3-492-03755-0.
  • (1998). Die Wannsee-Konferenz vom 20. Januar 1942. Planung und Beginn des Genozid an den Europäischen Juden. Hentrich: Berlín. ISBN 3-89468-250-7.
  • (2001). Der ungeschriebene Befehl. Hitler und der Weg zur „Endlösung“. Piper: Munich. ISBN 3-492-04295-3.
  • (2006). „Davon haben wir nichts gewusst!“ Die Deutschen und die Judenverfolgung 1933–1945. Siedler: Múnich. ISBN 3-88680-843-2.
  • (2008). Heinrich Himmler: Eine Biographie. Siedler: Munich. ISBN 978-3-88680-859-5.
  • (2010). Goebbels. Biographie. Siedler: Múnich. ISBN 978-3-88680-887-8.
  • (2015). Hitler. Biographie. Siedler: Múnich. ISBN 978-3-8275-0060-1.
  • (2016). Wannseekonferenz. Der Weg zur „Endlösung“. Pantheon: Munich. ISBN 3570553442.
  • (2021). Antisemitismus: Eine deutsche Geschichte. Von der Aufklärung bis heute. Siedler: Munich. ISBN 978-3-8275-0067-0.


  1. ^ a b Timothy Snyder (23 June 2011). "A New Approach to the Holocaust". The New York Review of Books. 58 (11). Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Professor Peter Longerich". United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
  3. ^ Charlotte Higgins (5 April 2005). "Bunker film 'is too kind to Nazis'". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 December 2005.

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