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Farewell Dinner for Professor Andreas Gestrich

Farewell reception for Andreas Gestrich

Farewell reception for Andreas Gestrich, © German Embassy London

24.07.2018 - Press release

On 23 July Ambassador Peter Wittig and his wife hosted a farewell dinner in honour of Professor Andreas Gestrich, the long-term Director of the German Historical Institute London.

For over 40 years the German Historical Institute has been one of the most prestigious German research institutions in the UK.

Developed by the joint initiative of German and British historians, the German Historical Institute London belongs to the umbrella institution of ten bilateral research institutions across the world, the so-called Max Weber Foundation, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Professor Andreas Gestrich has been at the helm of the German Historical Institute London for 12 years. Two examples of Professor Gestrich’s achievements during his tenure include a Transnational Research Group together with British, German and Indian partners in New Delhi, which evolved into an India Centre, and together with the London School of Economics a visiting professorship funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation.

In his speech Ambassador Wittig praised Professor Gestrich’s contribution to the profile of the German Historical Institute London:

Not only have you passionately championed academic excellence and strong bilateral ties between Germany and the UK; your vision has created new horizons for the Institute in a fast-changing world.

The Ambassador continued with regard to the mission of the German Historical Institute itself:

In a world fraught with crises and conflicts, with a worrying disconnect between fact and fiction, between truth and make-believe, we need more research into our history, not less; we need to remind and reassure ourselves of our identity and values with the help of historians; we need to continue to learn from the lessons historians have drawn over centuries. This is not only a task of the utmost urgency for politicians but also for civil society.

Professor Gestrich will be succeeded from September 2018 by Professor Christina von Hodenberg.

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