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Marieke Oprel


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Marieke Oprel Mphil (1990) is PhD candidate in Political History at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) and the Institute for German Studies (DIA) in Amsterdam. Trained in political and cultural history, she specializes in Dutch-German relations after 1945 and the politics of justice in the aftermath of the Second World War. Her research interests are fields and themes in modern history (19th-21th century) of Europe, such as nation- and state building, construction and evolution of national identities and European integration.

Her NWO funded PhD research (2015-2019) “Germans as enemy citizens” focuses on German nationals in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, who were declared enemy citizens because of their German citizenship in the aftermath of World War II. The project pioneers an interdisciplinary approach to the history of Dutch administration of justice, aiming to illuminate a forgotten page in Dutch post-war history. Central question is how notions of citizenship functioned as mechanism of in- and exclusion in times of post-conflict and transition, studying the history of German enemy citizens as a case in point to investigate how citizenship was put to the test after 1945. 


Ancillary activities

Since June 2016, Oprel is president of Jong KNHG, the Young Royal Netherlands Historical Society (KNHG). She is also Sprecher (representative) at the Arbeitskreis Deutsch-Niederländische Geschichte (ADNG) and reporter for 

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Education/Academic qualification

History, PhD

1 Sep 20151 Sep 2019

History, Master

1 Sep 201131 Aug 2014

History, Bachelor

1 Sep 200831 Aug 2011


  • DH Netherlands (The Low Countries)
  • World War II
  • Transitional Justice
  • DD Germany
  • Enemy citizens
  • Enemy Aliens
  • D History (General)
  • Political history
  • JF Political institutions (General)

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Research Output 2012 2018

'Afrekenen' met de vijand (1944)

Oprel, M. O., 2018, Wereldgeschiedenis van Nederland. Amsterdam: Ambo/Anthos, p. 551-558 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterProfessional

Linking Data on the Termination of Enemy Status

Steenmeijer, B., Schriever, A., Rensburg, M., Rubens, D., de Boer, V. & Oprel, M. O., 2018.

Research output: Contribution to ConferenceAbstractAcademic


Bewijsnood. De dynamiek van staatsburgerschap

Oprel, M. O., 2017, In : Nederlandsch Archievenblad. 10, p. 14-16

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleProfessional

Identifying Enemy Citizens: Dutch (De-)Enemisation Policies towards German Nationals (1944-1967)

Oprel, M. O., 2017, In : Francia. Forschungen zur westeuropäischen Geschichte.. 44, p. 403-414

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Vijand door haar huwelijk

Oprel, M. O., 2017, In : Historica. 3, p. 4-8

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Activities 2014 2018

Aarhus University

Marieke Oprel (Visiting researcher)
1 Feb 201815 Jun 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

Gespaltene Gesellschaften

Marieke Oprel (Participant)
25 Sep 201828 Sep 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

A time of Openness and Possible Outcomes. New perspectives on the "post-war" Europe, 1944-1950s

Marieke Oprel (Participant)
15 Nov 201816 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventWorkshopAcademic

Historicidagen 2017

Marieke Oprel (Organiser), Susan Legêne (Chair)
25 Aug 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventWorkshopAcademic

Jong KNHG (External organisation)

Marieke Oprel (Member)
2016 → …

Activity: MembershipAcademic


2nd Place Jonge historicus van het Jaar

Marieke Oprel (Recipient), 2017


Press / Media

Maand van de Geschiedenis

Marieke Oprel


1 media contribution

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Openbaarheidsdag 2018

Marieke Oprel


2 media contributions

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