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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. 


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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 2019

"From Strangers to Enemies": Investigating Dutch policies towards German nationals in the aftermath of World War II

Oprel, M., 21 Jun 2019, (Unpublished).

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePaperAcademic

Victim, Perpetrator and Bystander? Auslandspfarrer Hans Fischer

Oprel, M., 15 Mar 2019.

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePaperAcademic

“The Archive as Narrator?": Narratives of German ‘Enemy Citizens’ in the Netherlands after 1945

Oprel, M., Jun 2019, Narratives of War: Remembering and Chronicling Battle in twentieth-century Europe. Adler, N., Ensel, R. & Wintle, M. (eds.). Routledge, p. 51-63 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Actors for whom? Double layered actorness in Dutch policies towards German enemy citizens post 1945

Oprel, M., 21 Jun 2018, (Unpublished).

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePaperAcademic

'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

Activities 2014 2019

Nederlands Insitituut voor Oorlogsdocumentatie (NIOD), Herengracht 380

Marieke Oprel (Visiting researcher)
May 2019Jan 2020

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

Victim, Perpetrator and Bystander? Auslandspfarrer Hans Fischer

Marieke Oprel (Speaker)
15 Mar 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

"From Strangers to Enemies"

Marieke Oprel (Speaker)
21 Jun 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Historicidagen 2019

Marieke Oprel (Participant)
22 Aug 201924 Aug 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

Duitsers als vijandelijke onderdanen

Marieke Oprel (Speaker)
13 Dec 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationPopular


2nd Place Jonge historicus van het Jaar

Marieke Oprel (Recipient), 2017


Aspasia premie

Marieke Oprel (Recipient), May 2019


CLIO fonds

Marieke Oprel (Recipient), 2019



Press / Media

Maand van de Geschiedenis

Marieke Oprel


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Openbaarheidsdag 2018

Marieke Oprel


2 media contributions

Press/Media: Expert Comment