Marina’s research identifies the three key political–intellectual pillars that sustained their relationship—democracy, social democracy and internationalism—and the purpose, projection, and emotion that help explain the rare ‘father–son’-like relationship they shared.
In doing so, it weaves into the narrative of this bond how personal exchange, linked with institutional support, contributed to the expansion of democracy and social democracy in the 1970s and 1980s.
“I am grateful and movingly honoured the Federal Willy Brandt Foundation has chosen to support and recognise my research,” said Marina. “Some years ago, the Foundation’s permanent exhibition on Brandt’s life, then located near Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, played a significant role in inspiring the project, especially Brandt’s state funeral Order of Service and a radio broadcast of a farewell speech delivered at the memorial.
“At the time, I even had the good fortune of working at Brandt’s old Bundestag desk! The project built on themes in my Oxford DPhil thesis and is complemented by exciting multilingual archive-hoping across Europe and the United States.
“I am humbled by the award and thrilled by the prospect of sharing the research with other scholars and the wider public soon.”