Survivor Testimonies on German-Jewish ‘Mixed Marriages’

Historiography, Potentials and Challenges


  • Nikolaus Hagen Innsbruck



mixed marriages, Fortunoff Archive, video testimonies


The history of ‘mixed marriages’ was for the longest time a rather neglected topic in Holocaust studies, but it has gained considerable attention since the early 1990s. This attention thus coincided with the heyday of large oral history projects. This article looks back at the role and place of oral history and survivor testimonies in the historiography of ‘mixed marriages’ and explores the potential for future research, by examining the body of such testimonies (both by the parent and the children generation) in the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies.

Author Biography

Nikolaus Hagen, Innsbruck

Nicolaus Hagen is a Claims Conference Saul Kagan Postdoctoral Fellow in Advanced Shoah Studies and Lecturer in History at the University College for Teacher Education Vorarlberg. In 2019/20 he was VWI-Fortunoff Fellow at Yale University's Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies and the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies. Hagen is the author of “Nationalsozialistische Kulturpolitik in Tirol und Vorarlberg” (Innsbruck 2022) and the co-editor of several volumes, including “Displaced Persons-Forschung in Deutschland und Österreich. Eine Bestandsaufnahme zu Beginn des 21. Jahrhunderts” (Berlin 2021). In his current research project, he explores the persecution of “mixed marriages” in the peripheries of Nazi Germany, focusing on the gendered experiences of this persecution.




How to Cite

Hagen, Nikolaus. 2021. “Survivor Testimonies on German-Jewish ‘Mixed Marriages’: Historiography, Potentials and Challenges”. S: I.M.O.N. Shoah: Intervention. Methods. Documentation. 8 (3):4-19.