Ludwig Decke - Fulbright Fellow

Ludwig Decke


My research interest ranges from Jewish responses to the Holocaust to the conservative movement in the 20th century. In my master’s thesis I am exploring how—in the midst of the Second World War—American Jews prepared for the postwar world and developed answers to questions of relief, migration, and global politics.


M.A., 20th Century History and Politics, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany (currently enrolled)
B.A., Philosophy and Social Sciences, University of Leipzig, Germany


  • Modern Jewish history
  • Germany in the 20th century
  • Transatlantic intellectual history

MA Title

  • “Jewish Post-War Planning in the Face of the Holocaust. The Case of the “Research Institute on Peace and Post-War Problems””

Selected Publications

  • Illiberale Demokratie avant la lettre. Zu Carl Schmitts demokratietheoretischen Überlegungen in der Weimar Republik, in: Michael Dreyer/Andreas Braune (eds.), Die Weimarer Republik in der deutschen Demokratiegeschichte, Franz Steiner Verlag (forthcoming 2018).
  • Hannah Arendt und Melvin Lasky. Ungleiche Weggefährten im kulturellen Kalten Krieg, in: Jahrbuch des Simon-Dubnow-Institut/Simon Dubnow Institute Yearbook 17 (2018) (forthcoming).
  • “Schmitt, Carl,” in: Michael Fahlbusch/Ingo Haar/Alexander Pinwinkel (eds.), Handbuch der völkischen Wissenschaften. Akteure, Netzwerke, Forschungsprogramme, second extended and revised ed., De Gruyter Oldenbourg: Berlin/Boston, Mass., 2017, 732–736 (together with Raphael Gross).


  • Fulbright Scholarship (Fall 2018-2019)
  • Matthias Erzberger Award for the best B.A. thesis on the research on the Weimar Republic (Autumn 2017)
  • Rosa Luxemburg Foundation Scholarship (2013-present)

Professional Affiliations

  • German Studies Association