Salzburg Global Mourns Death of Stanley Hoffmann

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Sep 23, 2015
by Jan Heinecke
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Salzburg Global Mourns Death of Stanley Hoffmann

Former Fellow, Faculty and Director of Salzburg Global Seminar Stanley Hoffmann speaking at Session 227 on European-American Relations in 1984.

Stanley Hoffmann (November 27, 1928 – September 13, 2015)

Stanley Hoffmann, founding Chairman of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies and Professor emeritus at Harvard University died in Cambridge, MA., USA on Sunday, September 13, 2015. He was 86 years old and had been a friend of Salzburg Global for many years.

Stanley became a Fellow of the Salzburg Seminar in American Studies for the first time in 1950, participating in Session 10 - General Session in American Studies, before becoming a faculty of Session 227 - European-American Relations in 1984. He also served on the Salzburg Seminar Board of Directors from 1968 to 1975.  

Although born and baptized as a Protestant in Vienna in 1928, Stanley spent most of his childhood in France, growing up first in Paris, before he and his mother, whose family was classified as Jewish by the Nazis, had to spend the war years hiding in Nice. It was this experience that made Stanley pursue an academic career focusing on world politics and international relations. He went to Harvard in 1951 to pursue an A.M. in Government, before becoming an instructor at the Department of Government in 1955, where he received tenure in 1959. After founding the Center for European Studies in 1969, he served as its Chairman for 25 years. Throughout his career he published extensively on American foreign policy issues as well as on French and European politics.

Stanley will be remembered as one of the brightest scholars in his field who was also celebrated by his students in the classroom.   

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

You can now find a previously unpublished interview with Stanley on The New York Review of Books. Michal Matlak spoke with Stanley in Cambridge, Massachusetts in December 2011 about the state of Europe in international affairs, political thought, and human rights.


This article contains information found in the press release published by the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University