Norbert Frei is professor of modern and contemporary history at the University of Jena and heads the Jena Center 20th Century History. As member of the Independent Historical Commission of the German Foreign Office, he investigated the history of the Foreign Service during the Nazi era and the early Federal Republic. His publication Zur rechten Zeit. Wider die Rückkehr des Nationalismus (2019) traces the genesis of right-wing thinking since 1945 in Germany. He writes a Friday column for the Süddeutsche Zeitung.
As of August 2021