History of the Institute
Erich Maria Remarque
The Remarque Institute was created at New York University in 1995 under the direction of Professor Tony R. Judt
to support and promote the study and discussion of Europe and its near
neighbors; to encourage greater mutual understanding between Americans
and Europeans; and to host talks and debates on subjects of common
concern and topical significance. The Institute was named after Erich Maria Remarque, whose widow, Paulette Goddard, made a generous bequest to New York University.
Institute's particular interest in the themes of dissidence, exile, and
pacifism is a tribute to Remarque and a reflection of the trajectory of
his life, the circumstances under which he worked, and the themes with
which his most famous literary works are concerned.