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Marc Silberman

Marc Silberman

Expert on 20th and 21st century German culture, literature, theater, cinema (1920s, Third Reich, postwar East/West Germany and post-unification)

Professor and chair, German College of Letters and Science Work: 608-262-2192 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page


  • German politics and culture, especially in the theater (political theater in the tradition of Bertolt Brecht)
  • History of German cinema, silent and sound cinema, Expressionist cinema, Nazi cinema, East German cinema (DEFA), postwar German cinema, post-unification cinema, German documentary film
  • Politics of memory in postwar Germany; coming to terms with Nazi past and with East German past (nostalgia, Stasi, intellectuals, artists)


  • Leadership in the International Brecht Society, past editor of the Brecht Yearbook, webmaster of Brecht Web site (
  • Author, "Cinema: Texts in Context," 1995, and editor of 20 volumes
  • Director, Center for German and European Studies, 2008-09; UW-Madison Steering Committee for the Worldwide Universities Network