Dr. phil.,

André Hertrich


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Born 1972 in Unterseen (Switzerland), Magister Artium / Master of Arts
Studied Modern and Contemporary History, Social and Economic History and Japanese Studies at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich (Magister atrium). 2004-2005 PhD scholarship at the German Institute for Japanese Studies in Tokyo. Subsequently, he began studying Peace and Conflict Studies at Philips University in Marburg (Master of Arts), including a six-month internship at UNICEF and a UN-affiliated NGO in New York. From 2008 to 2011 doctoral fellowship at the International Graduate School "Civil Society in Transition. Japan and Germany in Comparison" conducted by Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and University of Tokyo. In winter semester 2010/11 and summer semester 2011 lecturer at MLU's Institute for Political Science and Japanese Studies. In 2012 scholarship holder at the Graduate School "Society and Culture in Motion" at MLU. Professional activity as IT and ERP administrator at a pharmaceutical wholesaler. From 2016 cumulative dissertation in Japanology at the University of Hamburg. Submission of the PhD thesis in July 2019. 2019-2024 postdoc in the ERC Consolidator project "Globalized Memorial Museums. Exhibiting Atrocities in the Era of Claims for Moral Universals".


Politics of memory in Japan, war crimes and war criminal trials during and after the Asian-Pacific War, military culture and civil-military relations in Japan, museum analysis and war-related museums

Publications (selection)

»A Usable Past? Historical Museums of the Self-Defense Forces and the Construction of Continuities«, in: Sven Saaler / Wolfgang Schwentker (eds), The Power of Memory in Modern Japan, Folkstone, p. 171–188
»"Man kann nicht erwarten, dass japanische Soldaten ihr Leben für die Demokratie geben." Die japanische Wiederbewaffnung 1950-1954 und die Frage eines neuen Tugendkatalogs für die Selbstverteidigungsstreitkräfte«, in: Ulrike Ludwig / Markus Pöhlmann / John Zimmermann (eds), Ehre und Pflichterfüllung als Codes militärischer Tugenden, Paderborn, only online
»Wann beginnt Zwang? Fälle von Zwangsprostitution durch das japanische Militär vor niederländischen Kriegsverbrechertribunalen«, in: Kerstin von Lingen / Klaus Gestwa (eds), Zwangsarbeit als Kriegsressource in Europa und Asien, Paderborn, p. 329–354
»War memory, local history, gender: self-representation in exhibitions of the Ground Self-Defense Force«, in: Philip A. Seaton (ed.), Local history and war memories in Hokkaido, London, p. 179–197
»Nürnberg und Tokyo erinnern: die Musealisierung der Kriegsverbrecherprozesse an ihrem historischen Schauplatz«, submitted for review.


Globalized Memorial Museums. Exhibiting Atrocities in the Era of Claims for Moral Universals (ERC Consolidator Grant)