Dr Daniel Wildmann

Senior Lecturer in History

Location Arts Two 2.16 (Leo Baeck Institute)

Email: d.wildmann@qmul.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 5689

I joined Queen Mary in 2009 where I convene the LBI MA in European Jewish History. I was educated at Swiss and German universities, and gained my PhD in History at the University of Basel. I have worked as a historical advisor and first assistant director on several Swiss films. In 2006, I joined the Leo Baeck Institute London and have been the Director since 2016.


Currently, I am working on a new project entitled A history of visual expressions of antisemitism, emotions and morality. This project, using Germany as an example, will investigate visual products such as postcards, films and TV productions.

As a historian and film scholar, I draw on my previous experience as a fellow at the Independent Commission of Experts: Switzerland – Second World War (Bergier Commission), as a visiting researcher at the Centre for the Study of Antisemitism at Berlin’s Technical University, and as a curator of VIPER, the international festival for film, video and new media, Lucerne.

I am particularly interested in:

  • Modern German-Jewish History
  • Third Reich History
  • History of the Body
  • Masculinities, Film and Emotion

Current PhD Students

  • Florence Largilliere – Nationalist Jews in France, Germany, and Italy Faced with Anti-Semitism: 1914-1940
  • Rodney Reznek – The Changing Nature of Antisemitism in South Africa as expressed through Immigration Law: The Effect of Attitudes to Race
  • Tabea Richardson – Divisive voices-deliberate vocations: 3 female protagonists and their take on the Christian-Jewish dialogue after the Holocaust; Gertrud Luckner, the activist, Eleonore Sterling, the historian Jeanette Wolff, the politician

Undergraduate teaching

Postgraduate teaching

Postgraduate supervision 

I welcome applications from candidates wishing to undertake doctoral research in the following areas:

  • 20th century German-Jewish History
  • History of the Third Reich
  • History of Antisemitism
  • Masculinities, Emotion and Film



Edited Volumes

  • Leo Baeck Year Book, vol. 61, 2016, OUP (co-editor with Cathy Gelbin and David Rechter)
  • Imaginaries of the Other: Past and Present Expressions of Islamophobia, Special issue Patterns of Prejudice, vol. 48 (2014), 5, (co-editor with Damir Skenderovic and Christina Spaeti).
  • English and German Nationalist and Anti-Semitic Discourse, 1871-1945 (German Linguistic and Cultural Studies, vol. 25). Oxford: Peter Lang 2013 (co-editor with Geraldine Horan and Felicity Rash).
  • Jüdische Lebenswelten auf dem Balkan. Themenheft transversal. Zeitschrift für Jüdische Studien, 9 (2008), 1 (with Ulrich Wyrwa).
  • Konstellationen Jüdischer Philosophie. Themenheft transversal. Zeitschrift für Jüdische Studien, 6 (2005), 1 (with Ulrich Wyrwa).

Articles and Book Chapters

Entries in Encyclopaedias

  • Der Film Jud Süss (1940), in: Wolfgang Benz: Handbuch des Antisemitismus (Band 7), Berlin/ Boston 2015, 194-197.
  • Jud Süss im deutschen Film nach 1945, in: Wolfgang Benz: Handbuch des Antisemitismus (Band 7), Berlin/ Boston 2015, 197-201.
  • Deutsche Turnerschaft bis 1933, in: Wolfgang Benz: Handbuch des Antisemitismus (Vol. 5), Berlin/ Boston 2012, 165-168.
  • Bar Kochba, in: Dan Diner (ed.): Enzyklopädie jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur (vol. 1), Stuttgart 2011, 259-261.
  • Harlan-Debatte, in: Wolfgang Benz: Handbuch des Antisemitismus (vol. 4), Berlin/Bosten 2011, 159-162.

Documentary Film


Membership of professional associations or societies 

Editorial Positions

Appearances in the media

Daniel Wildmann has appeared in the media in a number of countries, such as in Switzerland, Germany, the United Kingdom and Japan, discussing both his research and commenting on current political debates linked to his work. These iclude: Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Berliner Zeitung, Deutschlandfunk, Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen, BBC 4, and the Mainichi Newspaper.