Witnesses of Reunification in Academia

In this series of interviews, colleagues who experienced the Wende at German universities or research institutes, or were hired shortly afterwards, talk about their experiences. The first interviews were conducted by Sylvie Paycha in early 2018 with colleagues at the Institute of Mathematics at the University of Potsdam. Further interviews with natural scientists at the University of Potsdam were conducted by Elke Rosenberger in early 2019. Together, Elke Rosenberger and Sylvie Paycha started interviewing several colleagues in different research areas working at universities and research institutes in Berlin and other German cities in 2020. The project is on going.

We would like to thank the University of Potsdam, the German Mathematicians Association and Math+ Berlin Mathematics Research Center for their financial support.

(Picture Source: modifizied version of a picture from Wikimedia Commons)

Witnesses of  Reunification at the Mathematical Institute in Potsdam

Dr. Elke Rosenberger and Dr. Andreas Braunß

Dr. Wolfgang Schöbel

Apl. Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Vogel and PD Dr. Jörg Koppitz

Apl. Prof. Dr. Hannelore Liero and Prof. Dr. Henning Läuter

Dr. Horst Wendland and Dr. Wolfgang Schöbel

Prof. Dr. Bert-Wolfgang Schulze

Dr. Reinhard Bölling

Interviews with natural scientists in Potsdam

Apl. Prof. Dr. Gabriele Saupe

HD Dr. Werner Neumann

Prof. Dr. Ludwig Brehmer

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Regenstein

Dr. Reinhard Tiebel

Interviews with mathematicians at other universities

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Pfister

Prof. Dr. Jochen Brüning

Prof. Dr. Michael Rapoport

Prof. Dr. Klaus Altmann and Prof. Dr. Lutz Hille

Prof. Dr. Roswitha März

Prof. Dr. Albrecht Pietsch (Statute of the Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena)

Hannelore Bernhardt

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Eichhorn

Prof. Dr. Günter Törner

Prof. Dr. Dietrich Stoyan

Prof. Dr. Helmut Koch

PD Dr. Gudrun Thäter

Interviews with scientists at other institutions

Prof. Dr. Annette Vogt

Prof. Dr. Sonja Brentjes

Prof. Dr. Brigitte Sändig

Prof. Dr. Hubert Laitko

Prof. Dr. Thomas Kuczynski

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Küttler

Dr. Herbert Wöltge

Prof. Dr. Dorothee Röseberg

Prof. Dr. Gerda Haßler

Prof. Dr. Hermann Klenner

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Banse and Dr. Horst Büttner

Prof. Dr. Christa Luft

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Siegmund-Schultze

Interview booklet (German):

Here you have access to the transkripts of 22 interviews in German. We are working on the English translations.

Transkript Part 1

Transkript Part 2