The Library

The FZH reference library is open to researchers, students, and members of the public. It currently holds around 100,000 books and subscribes to some sixty current periodicals. The entire collection can be browsed online via the Campus Catalogue and KatalogPlus of the University of Hamburg. The primary thematic focus of the FZH library is on contemporary history, especially the history of Nazism and the labour movement in the context of Hamburg and northern Germany.

The following subject areas are especially prominent:

  • groups and organizations dedicated to nationalism and the ‘völkisch’ movement
  • anti-Semitism and racial theories
  • racial policy and the Holocaust
  • resistance in the time of Nazism
  • churches in the ‘Third Reich’
  • social and local histories of the twentieth century
  • history of the Weimar Republic
  • history of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • history of the labour movement, labour parties, and labour unions, especially in Hamburg and northern Germany
  • urban history
Bewegbare Buchregale in der Bibliothek des FZH


Dorothee Mateika, Dipl. Dok., Head Librarian
Phone: +49 40 431397 21

Hartmut Finkeldey, library assistant
Phone: +49 40 431397 21


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