PD Dr. Kai Struve
Research fellow

Institute for History
Martin-Luther University Halle/ Wittenberg
Emil-Abderhalden-Str. 26-27
room E. 05.0
06108 Halle (Saale)

Mail: kai.struve@geschichte.uni-halle.de
Fon: +49 (0)345 55-24281

Short Biography

Kai Struve studied history, political sciences, and philosophy at the Free University of Berlin. He received his M.A. in 1995. From 1995 to 1998 he was a doctoral fellow of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, from 1998 to 2002 a research fellow at Herder Institute, Marburg. In 2002 he reveived his Ph.D. in history from the Free University of Berlin. From 2002 to 2008 he was a research fellow at the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University. In 2006 he spent several months as a Raul Hilberg Fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC. From 2008 to 2011 he was a research fellow at the Institute of History at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg with a research grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG) for the project "The Beginning of the German-Soviet War and Violence against Jews during Summer 1941 in Eastern Poland". Since August 2011 he is a member of the research network "Phantom Borders in East Central Europe", funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research. In this context he pursues a research project on Upper Silesia in the 19th and 20th centuries. In January 2014 Kai Struve received his Habilitation and since then is a Privatdozent at the Institute of History at the Martin Luther University. During the summer term 2015 he held the position of a Senior Lecturer for Eastern European History at the University of Bonn. In October and November 2015 he was a fellow at the German Historical Institute in Warsaw.


Current research project


Phantom Border in East-Central Europe. Upper Silesia in the 19th and 20th centuries

Research interests



  • Eastern and East-Central Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries, esp. Poland and Ukraine
  • German-Polish border regions, esp. Upper Silesia
  • Holocaust and World War II
  • European Conflicts of Memory and Historiography
  • Antisemitism
  • Nationalism
  • Peasants and rural societies


Selected publications

2015: Deutsche Herrschaft, ukrainischer Nationalismus, antijüdische Gewalt. Der Sommer 1941 in der Westukraine, München 2015.

2014: Polish Peasants in Eastern Galicia in the Interwar Period – Indifferent to the Nation or Pillars of Polishness?, in: Acta Poloniae Historica 109/2014, pp. 37-59.

2013: Górny Śląsk na przełomie XIX u XX wieku – nacjonalizacja społeczeństwa w perspektywie porównawczej, in: Górny Śląsk i Górnoślązacy. Wokół problemów regionu i jego mieszkańców w XIX i XX wieku, ed. by Sebastian Rosenbaum, Katowice: IPN 2014, pp. 16-36.

2013: Galizische Verflechtungen – die “Judenfrage” in der Lemberger Zeitschrift Przegląd Społeczny 1886-87, in: Die „Judenfrage“ im europäischen Vergleich, ed. by Manfred Hettling, Guido Hausmann, and Michael G. Müller, Berlin 2013, pp. 95-126.

2013: Komanda osobogo naznacheniia “L’vov”, ukrainskaia miliciia i “Dni Petliury” 25 i 26 iiulia 1941 g., in: Problemy istoriї holokostu 6 (2013), pp. 102-124 (also accessible at URL: http://www.tkuma.dp.ua/index.php/ua/publikacy-tkuma/nauchniy-zhurnal/18-problemi-istoriji-golokostu-vipusk-6).

2013: Tremors in the Shatter-Zone of Empires: Eastern Galicia in Summer 1941, in: Borderlands. Ethnicity, Identity and Violence in the Shatter-Zone of Empires, ed. by Omer Bartov and Eric Weitz, Bloomington 2013, pp. 463-484.

2011: Rites of Violence? The Pogroms of Summer 1941, in: Polin. Studies in Polish Jewry 24 (2011), pp. 257-274.

2008: Citizenship and National Identity. The Peasants of Galicia During the Nineteenth Century, in: Societal Change and Ideological Formation Among the Rural Population of the Baltic Area 1880-1939, ed. by Piotr Wawrzeniuk, Huddinge: Södertörn högskola 2008, pp. 75–93 (also accessible at http://www.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?searchId=1&pid=diva2:211368).

2007: (Ed. with Elazar Barkan, and Elizabeth A. Cole), Shared History – Divided Memory. Jews and Others in Soviet- Occupied Poland, 1939 – 1941, Leipzig 2007, (Leipziger Beiträge zur jüdischen Geschichte und Kultur; 5).

2005: Bauern und Nation in Galizien. Über Zugehörigkeit und soziale Emanzipation im 19. Jahrhundert, Göttingen 2005.

2003: (ed.): Oberschlesien nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg. Studien zu einem nationalen Konflikt und seiner Erinnerung, Marburg 2003 (Tagungen zur Ostmitteleuropaforschung; 19).

2002: (ed. with Philipp Ther): Die Grenzen der Nationen. Identitätenwandel in Oberschlesien in der Neuzeit, Marburg 2002 (Tagungen zur Ostmitteleuropaforschung; 15).