Dr. Stefanie Fischer

Institut für Jüdische Studien und Religionswissenschaft, Universität Potsdam
Dr. Stefanie Fischer

Stefanie Fischer is a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Jewish Studies at Potsdam University; she also holds a lectureship at the Leo Baeck Summer University at Humboldt University In her current research project she explores the post-genocidal relationships of Jewish Holocaust survivors to their former German hometowns during the 1950s and 1960s. Fischer earned her PhD from the Center for Research on Antisemitism at Technical University in Berlin, analyzing the interrelationship between economic trust and Antisemitic violence among Jewish cattle dealers in the German countryside (1919–1939). Her dissertation was awarded the Fraenkel-Prize for an outstanding work in contemporary history from the Wiener Library in London, UK as well as the Irma Rosenberg Prize/Wiener Preis zur Erforschung der Geschichte des Nationalsozialismus (Hauptpreis).

As a Fulbright scholar, Fischer earned a Master’s degree in history from Clark University in the United States; she also holds a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. She has worked as an expert for prominent museums and memorial sites, such as the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin. While there, she collaborated on the conceptualization of the Holocaust exhibition, which opened at the Information Center in 2005. Fischer has received numerous scholarships to support her research from highly prestigious institutions, such as the German National Academic Foundation, the YIVO Institute in New York, and the German Academic Exchange Service.



  • Academic Advisory Board, Leo Baeck Institute Year Book
  • Wissenschaftliche Arbeitsgemeinschaft des Leo Baeck Instituts
  • Association for Jewish Studies
  • German Studies Association
  • ProFiL-Programm der Berliner Hochschulen
  • Gesellschaft für die Geschichte der deutschen Juden