Central Europe between the First and Second World War was home to a vibrant culture that included the likes of Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein. It was also the scene of hyperinflation and depression, leading to the rise of the Nazis and the catastrophe of the Holocaust. The concept of Central Europe was reborn with the end of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. In recent years, the rise of right-wing nationalist regimes in Hungary, Poland, and elsewhere once again threatens the vibrancy of Central Europe.
Bert Gordon is a Professor Emeritus of History at Mills College. He has taught courses on German and Central European history. He had a Fulbright fellowship to Vienna and his PhD thesis, "Catholic Social Thought in Austria, 1815-1848," received Honorable Mention for the 1969 Austrian History Award from the Austrian Institute in New York.