Germany and America: Essays in Honor of Gerald R. Kleinfeld

Germany and America: Essays in Honor of Gerald R. Kleinfeld

Germany and America: Essays in Honor of Gerald R. Kleinfeld

Germany and America: Essays in Honor of Gerald R. Kleinfeld


Leading experts on German-American relations, German politics and German Studies from both sides of the Atlantic are contributing to this volume in honor of Gerry Kleinfeld, founder and executive director of the German Studies Association, founder and long-time editor of the German Studies Review. The essays cover a broad spectrum of German-American political, economic, and cultural relations, offering an up-to-date survey of recent developments in this highly topical field.


Friends and colleagues of Gerald R. Kleinfeld have gathered together on the occasion of his sixty-fifth birthday in 2001 to honor him with this Festschrift. Virtually no one has so dedicated himself to German Studies in North America and to the cultural and scholarly aspects of transatlantic relations as has Gerry Kleinfeld. What we do here is to honor an enormous lifework.

Twenty-five years ago, Gerald R. Kleinfeld founded the Western Association for German Studies, renamed in 1983 as the German Studies Association, which is the largest scholarly association of its kind in North America. Its members are specialists in German history, politics and government, culture, and literature. Today, the German Studies Association numbers 1,800 members. Its conferences bring together 700 to 800 scholars, and it is largely due to Gerry Kleinfeld’s continuing personal engagement as Executive Director that participants from the German-speaking countries of Europe are always included in these conferences. For twenty-five years, Gerry Kleinfeld has been the organizational framework of the German Studies Association. The GSA is a vital and dynamic scholarly organization that would not be the same without his exemplary and creative efforts.

In 1978, Gerry Kleinfeld established the German Studies Review, a bilingual journal that appears three times each year as the scholarly organ of the GSA, and became its editor. Each issue contains six articles and about sixty book reviews. The academic level and the distribution of the journal speak to the key role that its editor has achieved for it among the disciplines in German Studies throughout North America. In 2001, he will pass the journal to younger hands.

Gerald R. Kleinfeld took his bachelor’s degree at New York University. His excellent German was learned during 1959–60 while a Fulbright scholar at the University of Vienna. He received his M.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and his doctorate from New York University. He taught at Bates College in Maine, at New York University, at the State University of New York in Fredonia, and then as Professor of History at Arizona State University. In Germany, he was Visiting Professor . . .

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