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Editor for Project Producing English-language Edition of Documents on the Holocaust

Institut für Zeitgeschichte - Contemporary History

Location: Berlin - Germany
Salary: minimum annual gross 50.700 Euro
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th April 2021
Closes: 30th April 2021

The Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History - München – Berlin

invites applications for the position of an Editor (f/m/d), 100% E13 TV-L (minimum annual gross salary: 50.700 €) 

for project producing English-language edition of documents on the Holocaust

to join the team producing the document edition The Persecution and Murder of the European Jews by Nazi Germany, 1933-1945.

Required qualifications and experience:

  • PhD already awarded in history on a relevant topic (National Socialism/the Second World War and Nazi occupation/the Holocaust/Jewish history in Europe)
  • Native proficiency in English
  • Near-native proficiency in German
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team interacting with colleagues and with the editorial board


  • Excellent knowledge of Russian
  • Work experience in historical document editing or editing experience in publishing houses in the humanities
  • Experience and knowledge of website management and editing and digital communication

The successful candidate is expected to make a strong contribution to the management of the translation into English of the German-language edition Die Verfolgung und Ermordung der europäischen Juden durch das nationalsozialistische Deutschland 1933-1945, published by De Gruyter. The project is a collaboration between the IfZ, the University of Freiburg, Yad Vashem and the German Federal Archives and is funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG). The 16 volumes span the whole of Nazi-occupied Europe and contain c. 5000 documents of victims, perpetrators and those not directly involved in the persecution. For the English-language edition, all the documents apart from a few documents originally in English are newly translated from the original source languages. Three volumes of the English-language edition have already been published.

The editor will assist in organizing the translation of the documents by external translators and in checking the accuracy and quality of the translations according to set guidelines and in consultation with the rest of the team. The editor will also take a lead in marketing activities in the English-speaking world. This will involve developing and maintaining an English-language project website currently in preparation, devising new digital content for the site, and implementing promotion activities targeting those in the English-speaking world who teach and research the history of the Holocaust.

The post is based in Berlin-Lichterfelde at the Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History. The post is available on a full-time basis from 1 July 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter until 30 April 2023. If funding beyond 2023 becomes available it may be possible to extend the post.

The post may also be split and offered as two part-time posts.

Closing date: 30 April 2021. Interview date: (provisionally) 27 May 2021.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Dr. Elizabeth Harvey Applications should include the names, addresses and email contact details of two referees.

Please send your application as one pdf-file only via email to

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applicants from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age. We particularly encourage applications by women as well as equally qualified candidates who have severe disabilities.

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