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Peter Hoffmann
German historian and university teacher

Peter Hoffmann

Peter Hoffmann
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Intro German historian and university teacher
Is Historian Professor Educator
From Germany
Field Academia Social science
Gender male
Birth 13 August 1930, Dresden, Germany
Age 91 years
Star sign Leo
Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany  
Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada  
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Peter C.W. Hoffmann, FRSC (born 13 August 1930, in Dresden) is a German-Canadian professor of history at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. His principal area of research deals with the German Resistance against National Socialism, and in particular, the resistance efforts of Claus von Stauffenberg. Hoffmann lives in Canada and in Germany.


Hoffmann was born in Dresden and grew up in Stuttgart, Germany. He is the son of Wilhelm Hoffmann [de], the future Director of the Wurtemberg State Library. After studying at the universities of Stuttgart, Tübingen, Zurich, Northwestern University and Munich he received his PhD in 1961 from Franz Schnabel following his thesis defense on The diplomatic relations between Wurtemberg and Bavaria from the Crimean War and the beginning of the Italian Crisis (Die diplomatischen Beziehungen zwischen Württemberg und Bayern im Krimkrieg und bis zum Beginn der Italienischen Krise). In 1965 he became a postdoc at the University of Northern Iowa. In 1970 he took up a teaching position on German History at McGill University in Montreal. Hoffmann is the William Kingsford Professor of History and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.


  • Widerstand, Staatsstreich, Attentat - Der Kampf der Opposition gegen Hitler. 4. new reworked and expanded edition. Piper, München 1985. ISBN 3-492-00718-X.
  • German Resistance to Hitler. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts 1989. ISBN 0-674-35086-3.
  • Stauffenberg und der 20. Juli 1944. Beck, Munich 1998. ISBN 978-3-406-43302-3.
  • Hitler's Personal Security. Da Capo Press, Boston 2000 [1979]. ISBN 0-306-80947-8.
  • Stauffenbergs Freund. Die tragische Geschichte des Widerstandskämpfers Joachim Kuhn. C. H. Beck, Munich 2007. ISBN 978-3-406-55810-8.
  • Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg. Die Biographie. Fourth, expanded edition. Pantheon, Munich 2009. ISBN 978-3-570-55046-5.
  • Carl Goerdeler and the Jewish Question, 1933–1942. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2011. ISBN 1-107-00798-4.
  • Behind Valkyrie. German Resistance to Hitler. Documents. McGill-Queen's University Press, Montreal & Kingston, London, Ithaca 2011. ISBN 978-0-7735-3770-5.
  • Carl Goerdeler gegen die Verfolgung der Juden. Böhlau Verlag, Cologne, Weimar, Vienna 2013. ISBN 978-3-412-21024-3.


  • T. Lahme: Ein Leben im Widerstand. Zum 80. Geburtstag von Peter Hoffmann. In: FAZ, 9. August 2010, S. 28.
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