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Dr. Katrin Paehler

Professor and Graduate Advisor
Schroeder Hall - SCH 324
Office Hours
Tuesdays & Thursday, 2.45-4.15 pm
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Dr. Paehler received her MA from the Philipps Universität Marburg, Germany in 1994 and her Ph.D. from American University in Washington, DC in 2004. She has taught at Illinois State University since August 2004 and publishes on Modern German and European history.

Current Courses

400.002Independent Study

237.001Modern Germany 1848 To The Present

334.001Nazi Germany

434.001Nazi Germany

Teaching Interests & Areas

Modern European History;
Modern Germany History;
20th Century (Eastern) Europe;
Nazi Germany;
Genocide Studies;
Film and History;
History and Memory

Research Interests & Areas

Modern Germany;
Nazi Germany & the Holocaust;
Intelligence History;
History and Memory;
Film and History

Ph D Modern European History

American University
Washington, DC

MA German History

Phillips Universitaet Marburg
Marburg, Germany

Outstanding College Researcher

College of Arts & Sciences, Illinois State University

Book, Authored

The Third Reich's Intelligence Services: The Career of Walter Schellenberg. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017.


Book, Chapter

"Ideologie und Illusion. Das Amt VI des Reichssicherheitshauptamtes," in Das Reichssicherheitshauptamt. NS-Terror-Zentrale im Zweiten Weltkrieg, ed. Michael Wildt. Topographie des Terrors. Notizen, eds. Andreas Nachama, Band 13. Leipzig: Hentrich & Hentrich, 2019, 97-117.

"Gender and Espionage: Hildegard Beetz, the Ciano Affairs, and Female Agency," in Gender and the Second World War: Lessons of War, eds. Corinna Peniston-Bird and Emma Vickers. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, 73-87

(with Peter Hayes), "Verhaftungen, Internierungen, Repatriierungen" and "Verhöre in der 'Mülltonne'," in Eckart Conze, Norbert Frei, Peter Hayes, and Moshe Zimmermann, Das Amt und die Vergangenheit: Deutsche Diplomaten im Dritten Reich und in der Bundesrepublik. Munich: Karl Blessing Verlag, 2010, 321-342.

"The wrong -grad, the wrong victims: Investigating the (West-) German Historiographical Discourse on the Siege of Leningrad," in Re-calling the Past—(Re-)Constructing the Past. Collective and Individual Memory of World War II in Russia and Germany, eds. Withold Bonner and Arja Rosenholm, 31-41. Helsinki: Aleksanteri Institute, 2008.

"Foreign Intelligence in a New Paradigm: Amt VI of the Reich Main Security Office (RSHA)," in Secret Intelligence and the Holocaust. Collected Essays from the Colloquium at the City University of New York Graduate Center, ed. David Bankier, 273-299. New York and Jerusalem: Enigma Books and Yad Vashem, 2006.

Book, Edited

with David M. Messenger, eds. A Nazi Past. Recasting German Identity in Postwar Europe. Lexington: The University of Kentucky Press, 2015.

Creative Works/Broadcast Media

New Books Network with Ryan Stackhouse. Katrin Paehler, The Third Reich's Intelligence Service. The Career of Walter Schellenberg. Spring 2018.

The Third Reich History Podcast with Ryan Stackhouse. Spies, Lies, and Nazis—Paehler on the Fine Art of Source Critique. Spring 2018.

Journal Article

"Breaking the Post-War Goose-Step: Three Films by Michael Verhoeven," Shofar. In Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, 28/4 (Summer 2010): 41-56

 "Creating an Alternative Foreign Office: A Reassessment of Office VI of the Reich Main Security Office," Journal of Intelligence History 8 (Winter 2008/2009): 27-42.


"The District Six Museum in Cape Town, South Africa: A Three-Dimensional Yizkor Book?" Memory Studies Association, African Chapter; Pretoria, ZA; October 2019

"The Good, the Bad, and the Very Ugly: 9 November in German History." Lecture, Academy of Seniors, Illinois State University, October 2016.

"The Space Between: Hildegard Beetz, Espionage, and Gender, 1944-1949," Paper, SWWRG-NA,  Oxford, MI, September 2018.

"Navigating Forty-Five: Hildegard Beetz, Foreign Intelligence, and Journalism," Paper, German Studies Association, Atlanta, October 2017.

"Selling Fascism Abroad: 'The American Illustrated News: The Bridge Across the Atlantic,'" Paper, Symposium on Teaching History and the Social Science, Normal, January 2017.

"The District Six Museum in Cape Town, South Africa: A Three Dimensional Yizkor-Book?" Paper at "Why Remember? Memory and Forgetting in Times of War and Its Aftermath" Sarajevo, June 2017.

"It's almost Thirty-Three And This Won't End Well: Volker Kutscher's Detective Fiction, History, and Current Considerations" Paper, German Studies Association, San Diego, September 2016.

"The 'Era of the Witness' Ends—Holocaust Education in the 21st Century." Lecture, Symposium, Teaching the 20th Century in the 21st Century, Illinois State University, January 2016.

"The Good, the Bad, and the Very Ugly: 9 November in German History." Lecture, Academy of Seniors, Illinois State University, October 2016.

Roundtable "Holocaust Pedagogy," Lessons & Legacies, Claremont, November 2016.

Grants & Contracts

Faculty Research Award. CAS. Illinois State University. (2022)
International Travel Grant. ISU CAS. Illinois State University. (2021)
Curt C. and Else Silberman Seminar for Faculty 2019. The Silberman Family. Private. (2019)
Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Illinois State University. Illinois State University. (2013)
Curt C. and Else Silberman Seminar for Faculty 2012. The Silberman Family. Private. (2012)