Cláudia Ninhos

Integrated Researchers, PhD


Cláudia Ninhos has a PhD in History, specialising in Contemporary History, from the NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities, where she also completed her BA and MA. She is a researcher at the Institute of Contemporary History at NOVA FCSH, specialising in the history of Luso-German relations, National Socialism and the Holocaust.

She participated as a researcher in the projects “The Power of Science. German Science in Portugal (1933-45)“, funded by FCT, and “Portuguese Forced Labourers in the Third Reich“, funded by the EVZ Foundation and the Goethe Institut. Since July 2017, she has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Aristides de Sousa Mendes Foundation.

She is an accredited trainer by the Scientific-Pedagogical Council for Continuing Education at the University of Minho and has collaborated regularly with the History Teachers’ Association in training activities. She co-edited the book A Angústia da Influência. Política, Cultura e Ciência nas relações da Alemanha com a Europa do Sul,1933-1945 [The Anguish of Influence. Politics, Culture and Science in Germany’s Relations with Southern Europe, 1933-1945] (Frankfurt am Main, Peter Lang, 2014) and the volume Nazi Germany and Southern Europe (New York, Palgrave, 2015). She is co-author of the book Salazar, Portugal e o Holocausto [Salazar, Portugal and the Holocaust] and author of the book Portugal e os Nazis [Portugal and the Naziz] (A Esfera dos Livros, 2017). Her doctoral thesis was awarded the Victor de Sá Prize for Contemporary History 2017. Her individual project, entitled “From Prejudice to Genocide: the Portuguese Press and the Holocaust“, has been approved for funding by the Foundation for Science and Technology.

Research fields

  • Contemporary history
  • Luso-German relations
  • Holocaust

Selected publications

  • Ninhos, Cláudia. Portugal e os Nazis. Lisbon: A Esfera dos Livros, 2017. [link]
  • Ninhos, Cláudia, “What was known in the neutral countries about the on-going genocide of European Jews?,” in Bystanders, Rescuers or Perpetrators? The Neutral Countries and the Shoah​, edited by Corry Guttstadt, Thomas Lutz, Bernd Rother and Yessica San Román, 125-138. Berlin: Metropol Verlag, 2016.
  • Clara, Fernando & Cláudia Ninhos (Eds.). Nazi Germany and Southern Europe, 1933-45. Science, Culture and Politics. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. [link]
  • Pimentel, Irene Flunser & Cláudia Ninhos. Salazar, Portugal e o Holocausto. Lisbon: Temas e Debates, 2013. [link]

Main projects

  • Individual project “From Prejudice to Genocide: the Portuguese Press and the Holocaust” — Hosted by the IHC and funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (CEECIND/03573/2017). 2019-2025
  • Researcher in the project “Portugiesische Zwangsarbeiter im III Reich” — Coordinated by Fernando Rosas (IHC — NOVA FCSH) and funded by EVZ — Stiftung “Erinnerung, Verantwortung und Zukunft” (Germany) and the Goethe Institut Portugal.
  • Researcher in the project “The Power of Science. German Science in Portugal (1933-45)” — Coordinated by por Fernando Clara (IELT — NOVA FCSH) and funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (PTDC/HIS-HCT/111330/2009).



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