Kim Christian Priemel

Associate Professor - History
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Hailing from the north of Germany, I studied modern history, public law, and English literature at the Universities of Freiburg and St Andrews. I graduated in 2002 and earned my PhD from Freiburg University in 2007 with a dissertation in business history. After a brief stint at the Munich-based Institute of Contemporary History I joined Viadrina University Frankfurt as an assistant professor in social and economic history. From 2009 to 2016 I was an assistant professor and, from 2013, a Dilthey Fellow of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation at Humboldt University Berlin which I left upon completing my Habilitation with a study of the Nuremberg war crimes trials. In the past, I have held research fellowships at the German Historical Institute London, Wolfson College Cambridge,and the Center for European Studies at Harvard University.

Courses taught

Academic interests

Within the broad field of contemporary history my research interests include legal history, the history of Nazi Germany and Holocaust Studies, modern social, economic, and business history, and problems of historiographical theorising. I am currently working on a book project which is tentatively titled “The End of the World of Print” and which looks into how printing both as an industry and as a means of communication was transformed by the advent of electronics and digital media in the latter half of the twentieth century. Particular emphasis will be placed on what these changes meant for those involved in the industry – printers, compositors, bookbinders, but also authors and managers – as well as for consumers, i.e. readers. The project is both international and transnational in scope, reflecting technological transfer, business relations, trade union internationalism, and different implications of similar changes in various national and cultural contexts.

Tags: Holocaust Studies, Legal History, Theory and method, Contemporary History, Social and Economic History, International Histoy


Selected Publications

Authored books

The Betrayal. The Nuremberg Trials and German Divergence, Oxford: Oxford UP, 2016.

Flick. Eine Konzerngeschichte vom Kaiserreich bis zur Bundesrepublik, Göttingen: Wallstein, 2007 (2nd edt. 2008).


Edited volumes

[co-edited with Alexa Stiller], NMT. Die Nürnberger Militärtribunale zwischen Geschichte, Gerechtigkeit und Rechtschöpfung, Hamburg: Hamburger Edition, 2013 (2nd edt. 2014).

[co-edited with Alexa Stiller], Reassessing the Nuremberg Military Tribunals. Transitional Justice, Trial Narratives, and Historiography, Oxford/New York: Berghahn, 2012 (paperback edt. 2014)

Transit | Transfer. Migration in Politik und Praxis der DDR, Berlin: Be.bra, 2011.



“Occupying Ukraine. Great Expectations, Failed Opportunities, and the Spoils of War, 1941-3”, Central European History 48 (2015), 31-52.

“A Story of Betrayal”. Conceptualizing Variants of Capitalism in the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials, Journal of Modern History 85 (2013), 69-108.

“Consigning Justice to History. Transitional Trials after World War II,” Historical Journal 56 (2013), 553-581.

“Spekulation als Gegenstand historischer Forschung,” Jahrbuch für Wirtschaftsgeschichte (2013), no. 2, 9-26.

[co-authored with Stefanie Middendorf] “Jenseits des Primats. Kontinuitäten der nationalsozialistischen Finanz- und Wirtschaftspolitik,“ Beiträge zur Geschichte des Nationalsozialismus 29 (2013), 94-120.

“20th Century Flick. Business History in the Age of Extremes,” Journal of Contemporary History 47 (2012), 754–772.

“Der Sonderweg vor Gericht. Angewandte Geschichte im Nürnberger Krupp-Prozeß,” Historische Zeitschrift 294 (2012), 391-426.

[co-authored with Rüdiger Graf], “Zeitgeschichte in der Welt der Sozialwissenschaften. Legitimität und Originalität einer Disziplin,” Vierteljahreshefte für Zeitgeschichte 59 (2011), 479-508.

“Industrieunternehmen, Strukturwandel und Rezession. Die Krise des Flick-Konzerns in den siebziger Jahren,” Vierteljahreshefte für Zeitgeschichte 57 (2009), 1-31.

“Into the Grey Zone. Wehrmacht Bystanders, German Labour Market Policy, and the Holocaust,” Journal of Genocide Research 10 (2008), 389-411.

[co-authored with Alexander Neumann und Petra Peckl], “Praxissemester ‘Osteinsatz’. Der Führernachwuchs der Sipo und der Auftakt zur Vernichtung der litauischen Juden,” Zeitschrift für Genozidforschung 7 (2006), 1-48.


  • Priemel, Kim Christian (2017). Arbeitsverwaltung vor Gericht. Das Reichsarbeitsministerium und die Nürnberger Prozesse 1945–1949, I: Alexander Nuetzenadel (red.),  Das Reichsarbeitsministerium im Nationalsozialismus. Verwaltung – Politik – Verbrechen.  Wallstein Verlag.  ISBN 978-3-8353-3002-3.  13.  s 461 - 493
  • Priemel, Kim Christian (2017). Entrées "Flick, affaire"; "IG Farben, affaire"; "Krupp, affaire"; "Ministéres, affaire"; "Taylor (Telford)", I: Olivier Beauvallet (red.),  Dictionnaire encyclopédique de la justice pénale internationale.  Berger-Levrault.  ISBN 978-2-85130-2.  F, I, K, M, T.
  • Priemel, Kim Christian (2016). Beyond the Saturation Point of Horror. The Holocaust at Nuremberg Revisited. Journal of Modern European History.  ISSN 1611-8944.  14(4), s 522- 547 Show summary
  • Priemel, Kim Christian (2016). Pionier- und Präzedenzfälle. Der verschlungene Weg von Nürnberg nach Den Haag. Einsicht. Bulletin des Fritz Bauer Instituts.  ISSN 1868-4211.  16(3), s 12- 21
  • Priemel, Kim Christian (2016). Scorched Earth, Plunder, and Massive Mobilization: The German Occupation of Ukraine and the Soviet War Economy, In Jonas Scherner & Eugene White (ed.),  Paying for Hitler’s War: The Consequences of Nazi Hegemony for Europe.  Cambridge University Press.  ISBN 978-1-107-04970-3.  15.  s 389 - 426

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  • Priemel, Kim Christian (2016). The Betrayal: The Nuremberg Trials and German Divergence. Oxford University Press.  ISBN 9780199669752.  496 s.

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