Lena Knops

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Lehr- und Forschungsgebiet Wirtschafts-, Sozial- und Technologiegeschichte


Room: B 315

Kackertstraße 7

52072 Aachen


Phone: +49 241 80 96195

Office Hours

Tuesday 10am to 11.30pm
in lecture-free period only on arrangement


Lena Knops graduated in History, German Studies, Literature and Cultural Studies from Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität Bonn (University of Bonn). From August 2012 to October 2015, she worked as a Student Assistant to the Director of Research at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) in Bonn.

Since November 2015, she has been working as a Research Associate at the Research Unit for Economics and Social History and History of Technology.




"Arisierung" und Restitution in Aachen

The "Aryanization", the expulsion of Jews from the economy, was comprehensively addressed for the first time by Helmut Genschel in 1966. After further pioneering work, more recent local studies have appeared. The ongoing research interest in the topic has not lost relevance in the course of the reappraisal of National Socialism, but gaps still need to be closed. The resulting dissertation project focuses on the topic of "Aryanization" from an economic-historical perspective. It deals with the effects of the "Aryanisation" of large-scale industrial enterprises in the Aachen area, analyses in several case studies the restitution proceedings on the basis of the Federal Compensation Act and also makes a research contribution to the practice of reparation (“Wiedergutmachung”) in the young Federal Republic of Germany.

eLearning Project

WAD - Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten Digital

The interdisciplinary eLearning project "Scientific Work Digital" (German: Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten Digital; short: WAD) was founded in the summer semester of 2017 at the Research Unit for Economic and Social History and History of Technology of the RWTH Aachen University. The need to consolidate the level of knowledge of all students in the field of scientific work and thus to constantly optimise scientific quality assurance becomes apparent in view of the increased number of cases of scientific misconduct that have become public knowledge. The learning objective of the eLearning project is therefore to create an appropriate basis for students' understanding and handling of scientific work. The WAD project aims to combine the classical teaching unit with a digital concept as an innovative further development of the familiar teaching concepts, without foregoing continuous didactic support by academic staff. The WAD project should be explicitly usable across all academic levels and can be supplemented with specialist or teacher-specific content at any time. All employees of the Faculty of Business and Economics are invited to participate in the project and to use the contents. Completion of the project is scheduled for March 2019.


Publications and Presentations

  • Knops, Lena, Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten Digital, Erfahrungsaustausch Wirtschaftswissenschaften. Digitalisierung und Wissenschaftlichkeit, Hochschulrektorenkonferenz, Projekt nexus, Frankfurt a.M. 01.10.2019.

  • Knops, Lena, "Arisierung" und Restitution in Aachen am Fallbeispiel der Familie Holländer, Volkshochschule Aachen, Aachen 17.09.2019.

  • Knops, Lena, Tagungsbericht: Vergangenheit analysieren – Zukunft gestalten. Technik-, wirtschafts- und sozialhistorische Forschung seit den 1960er-Jahren, 15.02.2019 Aachen, in: H-Soz-Kult, 23.03.2019, <>.

  • Knops, Lena, Erzwungene Pleite: Die Zwangslöschung des Familienunternehmens B. Holländer, 15. Sitzung des Arbeitskreises Familienunternehmen der Gesellschaft für Unternehmensgeschichte e.V., Bad Homburg 09.11.2018. (de)

  • Knops, Lena, The "Aryanisation" of "B. Holländer": Anne Frank's lost inheritance?, Association of Business Historians Annual Conference 2018, Milton Keynes (GB) 29.06.2018.

  • Knops, Lena, Stolpersteine. Eine Verbeugung vor Edith, Margot und Anne Frank, in: AKV Sammlung Crous (Hg.), Die Geschichte Aachens in 55 Objekten, Aachen 2017, S. 176-179.

  • Dewes, Tobias/Knops, Lena, E-Learning als innovativer Zugang in die digitale Zukunft der Wissenschaft, DIGIMET 2017, Berlin 26.09.2017. (de)



Winter Semester 2019/20

  • Übung zur Vorlesung
  • Assistenz: Vorlesung Wirtschafts-, Sozial- und Technologiegeschichte
  • Assistenz: Master Seminar/ Project Module: Economic and social history. Automobility trends between past and future

Summer Semester 2019

  • From "Honourable Businessman" to "Responsible Leadership": Responsible Corporate Governance in Historical Perspective (Exercise Corporate History)
  • Leonardo-Modul Perspectives of Mobility (Assistence)

Winter Semestr 2018/19

  • Corporate Social Responsibility as an Opportunity for the Globalized World? A Historical Perspective (Exercise Business History)
  • Leonardo-Modul Perspectives of Mobility (Assistence)

Summer Semester 2018

Winter Semester 2017/18

  • Excercise for the lecture: Mobility between Economy and Technology in a Historical Perspective
  • Lecture: Mobility between Economy and Technology in a Historical Perspective (assistance)

Summer Semester 2017

  • Excercise for the lecture: Urbanization between Economy, Society and Technology, 16th-21st Century
  • Master seminar/ Project module: History of Technology and Innovation: Industrial Villages, Big Cities and Agglomerations: Urban Development and Urbanization in Western Europe (assistance)

Winter Semester 2016/17

  • Master seminar/ Project module Economic and Social History: From Industry 1.0 to Industry 4.0 (assistance)

Summer Semester 2016

  • Corporate History: Global Player - Multinational Companies in Historical Context
  • Master seminar/ Project module Economic and Social History: From Industry 1.0 to Industry 4.0 (assistance)

Winter Semester 2015/16

  • Bachelor seminar: The Role of the FRG in the Economic Integration Process of Europe (assistance)