From 1989 to 2000 History & Memory was edited by Saul Friedländer (Senior Editor), Dan Diner and Gulie Ne’eman Arad. In its first decade, the journal tended to focus on the traces and representations of the traumatic experiences of the twentieth century in Europe, especially those of the Holocaust.

Gadi Algazi, Professor at the Department of History of Tel Aviv University, was Senior Editor of the journal from 2001 to 2012. Algazi retained the journal’s interest in the legacies of Nazism, fascism and the Holocaust, but considerably expanded its scope to include discussions that are concerned more generally with the role of memory in modern and premodern cultures, and the relationship between historical research and images of the past in different societies and cultures. Thus the journal aims to explore not only official representations of the past in public monuments and commemorations but also the role of oral history and personal narratives, the influence of the new media in shaping historical consciousness, and the renewed relevance of history writing for emerging nations and social conflicts. 

José Brunner, Professor at the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas and at the Buchmann Faculty of Law, became Director of the Institute in 2012 and, in this capacity, also Senior Editor of History & Memory. Previously, Brunner served for eight years as Director of the Minerva Institute for German History, also at Tel Aviv University. He continues, of course, to welcome research focusing on collective memory that has been negotiated and articulated in print, commemoration ceremonies and memorial sites, in the context of national political events and processes. But in this global and transnational world, in which the new media play a crucial role as providers of popular history and memory beyond state borders, there is also need for research on the role of the digital media in the formation of historical consciousness, as well as on the way transnational actors such as corporations, NGOs and international bodies engage in shaping collective memories.

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The latest issue, Volume 30, Number 1 (Spring/Summer 2018) was published in March 2018.

Cristian Cercel, “The Military History Museum in Dresden: Between Forum and Temple”

Sarah Wagner and Thomas Matyók, “Monumental Change: The Shifting Politics of Obligation at the Tomb of the Unknowns”                                          

Michael Roper and Rachel Duffett, “Family Legacies in the Centenary: Motives for First World War Commemoration among British and German Descendants” 

Katharine McGregor and Vera Mackie, “Transcultural Memory and the Troostmeisjes/Comfort Women Photographic Project”                                                      

Stefanie Rauch, “Understanding the Holocaust through Film: Audience Reception between Preconceptions and Media Effects”