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Jens Kolata M.A.

Research associate

Jens Kolata has been a Research Associate at the Fritz Bauer Institute since 2019. He is working on a research project entitled »Social hygiene and healthcare policy in Frankfurt am Main from 1920 to 1960«.

He studied modern and contemporary history and sociology at the Universities of Tübingen and Groningen. In his doctoral project, Kolata is examining eugenics debates in the medical press in Germany between 1911 and 1976. From 2009 to 2015, he worked as a Research Assistant in the study group »The University of Tübingen under National Socialism« at the Institute for Ethics and History of Medicine at the University of Tübingen. He then held a position as Research Assistant at the Geschichtswerkstatt Tübingen e.V. (Tübingen History Workshops). In 2017/18, he served as managing director of the non-profit association Lern- und Dokumentationszentrum zum Nationalsozialismus e.V. Tübingen (Education and Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism).


Research Interests

  • History of eugenics and criminal biology in Germany
  • History of medicine under National Socialism
  • History of Nazi persecution of socially marginalised individuals
  • History of Nazi forced labour

Current Research Project

Selected publications

  • (Ed., together with Frédéric Bonnesoeur, Philipp Dinkelaker, Sarah Kleinmann, Anja Reuss), Besatzung, Vernichtung, Zwangsarbeit. Beiträge des 20. Workshops zur Geschichte und Gedächtnisgeschichte der nationalsozialistischen Konzentrationslager, Berlin 2017.
  • (Ed., together with Richard Kühl, Henning Tümmers, Urban Wiesing), In Fleischhackers Händen. Wissenschaft, Politik und das 20. Jahrhundert, Tübingen 2015.
  • Zwischen sozialistischer und nationalsozialistischer Eugenik. Friedrich Karl Scheumann und die Eheberatungsstelle Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg, in: Ludger Hermanns, Albrecht Hirschmüller (Eds.), Vom Sammeln, Bedenken und Deuten in Geschichte, Kunst und Psychoanalyse. Gerhard Fichtner zu Ehren, Jahrbuch der Psychoanalyse, Beiheft Nr. 25, Stuttgart 2013, pp. 61–82.

List of publications

Publications (pdf-file)

Jens Kolata M.A.

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