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Born 1958 in Nuremberg; studied German, Classical Philology and History; 1989 PhD in Eastern European History and Contemporary History at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg; 2013: Habilitation in Modern History at the University of Hamburg with a thesis on Jewish labor deployment in Lithuania 1941-1944; August 2013: appointed Privatdozent. Awarded venia legendi for Modern History at the University of Hamburg; May 2017: awarded the academic title of Professor by the President of the University of Hamburg; 1989-1990 wiss. Assistant at the Chair of Eastern European History and Contemporary History at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg; 1990-2001 Research Assistant at the Institute Nordostdeutsches Kulturwerk e. V.; 1993-2001 Head of the Nordostdeutsches Archiv; March to Dec. 2001 Deputy Director; 1.1.2002-6.5.2010 Research Assistant at the Nordost-Institut (IKGN e. V.); since 7.5.2010 Director of the Nordost-Institut (IKGN e. V.).
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Summer 1941: Jews from the Baltic States flee for their lives

The long shadow of the past. Only a few Jews from Lithuania and Latvia managed to escape the Holocaust in the Baltics. Here are some of their accounts and the reasons for their difficult escape.