About Elena

Elena Marie Elisabeth Kiesel is a historian and Research Associate at the Chair of Modern and Contemporary History and History Didactics, University of Erfurt, and Co-Investigator in the Research Unit on Voluntariness. Her research focuses on administrative history, voluntary participation in the GDR, provenance research, and the history of confessional welfare.

Research Field

Recent German History


University of Erfurt

Department of History

Elena M. E. Kiesel

Elena M. E. Kiesel

Co-Investigator (Recent German History)

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