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School of History

Dr Daniel Wildmann


Senior Lecturer in History

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 5689
Room Number: Leo Baeck Institute


I joined Queen Mary in 2009 where I teach German-Jewish and European-Jewish History. I was educated at Swiss and German universities, and gained my PhD in History at the University of Basel. I have worked as a historical advisor and first assistant director on several Swiss films. In 2006, I joined the Leo Baeck Institute London and have been the Director since 2016. In 2016/17 I held the Lady Davis Visiting Professorship at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. For the academic year 2018/19, I hold the Moritz Stern Senior Research Fellowship at Lichtenberg Kolleg, Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Göttingen. 


Undergraduate Teaching

HST6749 - The Holocaust and it's Aftermath in Literature and Film

HST6355 - Jews in Film

Undergraduate Teaching


Research Interests:

My current research projects are ‘Feelings about Jews. Morality and Emotions in German Film, 1914-2014’ and ‘The Diary of Anne Frank on TV and Cinema Screens’. The first project seeks to investigate the connection between feelings about Jews, morality and violence in the context of both the build up to the Third Reich and the aftermath of the Holocaust in Germany, while the second project discusses the visual alignment of feelings about Jews with concepts of national history in Europe.

As a historian and film scholar, I draw on my previous experience as a fellow at the Independent Commission of Experts: Switzerland – Second World War (Bergier Commission), as a visiting researcher at the Centre for the Study of Antisemitism at Berlin’s Technical University, and as a curator of VIPER, the international festival for film, video and new media, Lucerne.

I am particularly interested in:

  • Modern German-Jewish History
  • Third Reich History
  • History of the Body
  • History of Masculinities
  • Film and Emotion



Edited Volumes

  • Leo Baeck Year Book, vol. 62, 2017, OUP (co-editor with Cathy Gelbin and David Rechter)
  • Leo Baeck Year Book (link is external), vol. 61, 2016, OUP (co-editor with Cathy Gelbin and David Rechter)
  • Imaginaries of the Other: Past and Present Expressions of Islamophobia, Special issue Patterns of Prejudice, vol. 48 (2014), 5, (co-editor with Damir Skenderovic and Christina Spaeti).
  • English and German Nationalist and Anti-Semitic Discourse, 1871-1945 (link is external) (German Linguistic and Cultural Studies, vol. 25). Oxford: Peter Lang 2013 (co-editor with Geraldine Horan and Felicity Rash).
  • Jüdische Lebenswelten auf dem Balkan. Themenheft transversal. Zeitschrift für Jüdische Studien, 9 (2008), 1 (with Ulrich Wyrwa).
  • Konstellationen Jüdischer Philosophie. Themenheft transversal. Zeitschrift für Jüdische Studien, 6 (2005), 1 (with Ulrich Wyrwa).

Articles and Book Chapters

Entries in Encyclopaedias

  • Der Film Jud Süss (1940), in: Wolfgang Benz: Handbuch des Antisemitismus (Band 7), Berlin/ Boston 2015, 194-197.
  • Jud Süss im deutschen Film nach 1945, in: Wolfgang Benz: Handbuch des Antisemitismus (Band 7), Berlin/ Boston 2015, 197-201.
  • Deutsche Turnerschaft bis 1933, in: Wolfgang Benz: Handbuch des Antisemitismus (Vol. 5), Berlin/ Boston 2012, 165-168.
  • Bar Kochba, in: Dan Diner (ed.): Enzyklopädie jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur (link is external) (vol. 1), Stuttgart 2011, 259-261.
  • Harlan-Debatte, in: Wolfgang Benz: Handbuch des Antisemitismus (link is external) (vol. 4), Berlin/Bosten 2011, 159-162.

Documentary Film

Editorial Positions


I welcome applications from candidates wishing to undertake doctoral research in the following areas:

  • Modern German-Jewish History
  • History of the Third Reich
  • History of Antisemitism
  • History of Masculinities
  • Emotion and Film
  • History of Antisemitism

Current PhD Supervison 

Carmel Heeley -  The Germans, the Jews and the Alps: How Moral Values, Bavarian Traditions and Sport Formed the Personal and Professional Relationships between German-Gentiles and German-Jews in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 1920-1950.

Tabea Richardson - Divisive voices-deliberate vocations: 3 female protagonists and their take on the Christian-Jewish dialogue after the Holocaust; Gertrud Luckner, the activist, Eleonore Sterling, the historian and Jeanette Wolff, the politician

Florence Largilliere – Nationalist Jews in France, Germany, and Italy Faced with Anti-Semitism: 1914-1940

Completed PhD Projects

Rodney Reznek - A Vocabulary of Difference: How Jews Were Denied Entry to South Africa in the 1930's

Joe Cronin –  Between ‘Jews in Germany’ and ‘Jewish Germans’: Jewish Identities in Modern Germany

Dana Smith - The “Jüdischer Kulturbund”: Jewish Cultural Life and Identity under Nazism


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