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Dr. Katja S. Baumgärtner

Accosiated at Selma Stern Center for jewish studies Berlin-Brandenburg

Katja Baumgärtner

Gender, Digitisation, and Memory: International Digital Formats on the Shoah and the Violent Crimes of the Nazi Regime

Since the end of the Second World War, numerous multimedia contributions – film, audio, print – have emerged internationally that depict the Shoah, the Porajmos and the persecution of different groups of people. This development can be understood as the medialisation and virtualisation of these historical events. For about 10-20 years, parallel to the development of the internet, a new step has been taking place: digitalisation. On the one hand, these transformation processes generate new narratives – such as the question: What if a Girl in The Holocaust had Instagram? [“Eva Stories”, Matti, Maya Kochavi, 2019]. On the other hand, users adapt familiar motifs, such as that of the “contemporary witness”, and explore the possibilities of the digital world (A-, VR-reality, holograms, games, blogs). Multimedia formats play an important role in raising awareness of these violent crimes and are ways of informing, engaging with, documenting and representing them[The Last Goodbye, USC Shoah Foundation, 2017; TikTok account, Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial, Hamburg, 2021]. The post-doctoral project asks what role the category “gender” plays here by means of an intersectional model of analysis that understands the formats in their time.

Research focus

  • Jewish Studies
  • Feminist & Gender Studies
  • Intersectionality
  • Media Studies (digitality, film, sound, photography)
  • Memory Studies & Oral History

Curriculum Vitae


Post-doctoral fellowships Stiftung Zeitlehren, Selma Stern Centre for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg (ZJS) & German Historical Institute Warsaw (DHI) on the project: gender, imagination and memorialisation: contexts/subtexts in international films on the Shoah/Holocaust and Nazi camps.


Research assistant (50%) on the project Documentary Film at the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial/Foundation of Bavarian Memorials. (Project management: Dr Gabriele Hammermann & Dr Stefanie Pilzweger-Steiner).


Freelancer at erinnern.at (Bregenz/Austria): Collaboration on the online video platform continue_tellingproject management: Dr. Werner Dreier & Angelika Laumer.


PhD in Gender Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Das Konzentrationslager Ravensbrück im Film: Gender, Imagination und Memorialisierung; overall grade: Summa cum laude, publication by: Metropol, Berlin. Supervision: Prof. Dr. Christina von Braun, Prof. Dr. Sigrid Jacobeit, PD PD Dr. phil. habil. Julia Barbara Köhne. Chair of the examination: Prof. Dr. Claudia Bruns.


Magistra Artium (M. A.) in Gender Studies and Philosophy, Humboldt University Berlin, title of thesis: Mediale Repräsentation des Frauenkonzentrationslagers Ravensbrück im historisch-politischen Kontext nach 1945 – Interdependenzen von Erinnerung und Geschlecht (unpublished).


Diploma in Design (FH), Fachhochschule für Wirtschaft und Technik Berlin (FHTW), photography with Prof. Manfred Paul; diploma thesis on the Bauhaus photographer Gertrud Arndt (unpublished); final exhibition of own photographs in the Kunstsalon im Seifenhaus, Berlin.

Publications and lectures

Planned lectures

15./16.10.2022 “Gender, Digitisation, and Memory” – Research Meeting of the “Stiftung Zeitlehren”, Clara Sahlberg Education and Meeting Centre/Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz, Berlin.

09.12.2022 Screening & panel discussion on the documentary film “Nelly & Nadine” (2022), Spinnboden Lesbenarchiv e.V./Kino Moviemento, Berlin (confirmed).

21./22.06.2023: “Gender Tropes in Memorializing the Shoah in Digital Times” – Conference: “To be (dis)continued. New Perspectives on the Entanglements of Gender, Sexualities, and Jewishness”, organised by the research group “Gender/Queer and Jewish Studies” at the Selma Stern Centre for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg together with the Association for Jewish Studies, Berlin (confirmed).


Baumgärtner, Katja S.: Gazes on/at Court – The Feature Film Zagrożenie, [Danger], PRL 1976, by Wacław Florkowski and Danuta Brzosko-Mędryk, in: Making Justice Visible: The Mediatization of the World War II War Crimes Trials Ruth Leiserowitz, Gintarė Malinauskaitė, Hektoras Vitkus (eds.), Osnabrück 2022/2023, forthcoming. https://www.fibre-verlag.de/verlagskatalog/reihen/dhi/dhi-45-detail.html

Baumgärtner, Katja S.: Das Konzentrationslager Ravensbrück im Film: Gender, Imagination und Memorialisierung, Berlin 2022. https://metropol-verlag.de/produkt/das-konzentrationslager-ravensbrueck-im-film-gender-imagination-und-memorialisierung/ Review by film scholar Hans Helmut Prinzler: http://www.hhprinzler.de/2022/03/das-konzentrationslager-ravensbrueck-im-film/

Baumgärtner, Katja S.: Rettung als Chiffre. Gender constructions in the film In jenen Tagen (D 1947, Helmut Käutner), in: Manja Herrmann, Ida Richter, Stefanie Schüler-Springorum, Charlotte Weber (eds.), Monika Schärtl (ed.): “Rettung” als Konzept – Interdisziplinäre Lesarten. Jahrbuch des Selma Stern Zentrums 7, Leipzig 2021, pp. 26-39. https://www.hentrichhentrich.de/buch-rettung-als-konzept-interdisziplinaere-lesarten.html

Baumgärtner, Katja S.: Gender, Propaganda, Affect and Memorialisation. Dutch traces in the GDR commissioned film FRAUEN IN RAVENSBRÜCK, in: Hans-Michael Bock, Jan Distelmeyer, Jörg Schöning (eds.), Swenja Schiemann, Erika Wottrich (eds.): Grenzüberschreitende Licht-Spiele. German-Dutch Film Relations, 2021 Munich, pp. 130-142. https://www.etk-muenchen.de/search/Details.aspx?new=1&sort=5&ISBN=9783967075748

Baumgärtner, Katja S.: Some Filmic Heroines and ‘Others’ in the GDR Documentary Women in Ravensbrück (1968), in: Claudia Simone Dorchain, Felice Naomi Wonnenberg (eds.): Contemporary Jewish reality in Germany and its reflection in film, European-Jewish Studies Contributions, Moses Mendelssohn Center for European-Jewish Studies, Potsdam, in cooperation with the Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg; Editorial Manager: Werner Treß, Volume 2, Walter de Gruyter; Berlin, Boston, 2013, pp. 51-70.

Lectures, commentaries, screenings (selection)

15./16.10.2022 Impulse lecture on the post-doc project at the Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS) GmbH, Bochum. Gender, Digitalization, and Memory: International Digital Formats on the Shoah and the Violent Crimes of the Nazi Regime, Workshop Zeitlehren Stiftung, Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz /Liebermann-Villa am Wannsee.

02.06.2022 Keynote lecture on the post-doc project Gender, Memory, Jewish Studies – Genocides in audiovisual Media ZJS Research Group Jewish Film/intern/Film University Potsdam-Babelsberg

14.05.2022 Neuengamme Memorial/Hamburg. Memorial History(s). Concentration camp memorials in post-national socialist societies from 1945 to today – stocktaking and perspectives. Workshop: “Memorial History as Social History? Historical cross-cutting themes “. https://www.hsozkult.de/event/id/event-116910

18.01.2022 Gender & Queerness in the silent film Anders als die Anderen (D 1919). Impulse lecture in the ZJS research group Gender/Queer and Jewish Studies.

12.01.2022 Doc- & Postdoc Colloquium “JEWISH FILM” at the Film University Potsdam-Babelsberg; organised by Dr. Lea Wohl von Haselberg. Moderation & response to a lecture by Michaela Scharf/Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, https://www.hsozkult.de/conferencereport/id/fdkn-127902

28.9.2021 Gender, Memory, Jewish Studies – Genocides in audiovisual Media. Workshop: Gender/Queer and Jewish Studies. Approaching an Interdisciplinary Field of Research, Selma Stern Centre for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg (virtual) https://www.selma-stern-zentrum.de/kalender/zjs/Tagungen-und-Workshops/2021_09_28-Gender-Queer-Jewish-Studies.html

22.11.2020 33rd International Film History Congress/XVIIth cinefest – International Festival of German Film Heritage, HH, Lecture: “The film begins without music – the portrait photo of a female prisoner appears on the screen” – Joop Huisken, Renate Drescher and the film about the women’s concentration camp Ravensbrück

31.07.2020 “Let’s make Sound in the Silence – Ravensbrück Goes Digital”; Digital Workcamp of the MG Ravensbrück in cooperation with the Association of Young Volunteers and the Service Civil International; Film-analytical introduction to “Ostatni Etap” (English)

30.01.2020 “You are completely immersed…”Gender, Imagination and Immersion in Films about the Shoah, the Holocaust and/or the National Socialist Camps, Ghettos and Killing Sites – Context Poland, Selma Stern Centre for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg, Berlin. https://www.selma-stern-zentrum.de/kalender/zjs/2018-19_WS_Colloquium/2020_01_30.html

07.11.2019 Special Lessons and Legacies Conference “The Holocaust and Europe: Research Trends, Pedagogical Approaches, and Political Challenges”, Munich; Panel 35: Questions of Gender -Relationships, Silences, Memorialization: “Ravensbrück in Film: Gender and Memorialization” . https://www.ifz-muenchen.de/zentrum-fuer-holocaust-studien/tagungsrueckblick/veranstaltung/special-lessons-legacies-conference-the-holocaust-and-europe-research-trends-pedagogical-approaches-and-political-challenges

28.06.2019 Language, Gender and Film – Translation as Enabling Memory in Films about Ravensbrück; Symposium: The Languages of Memory – Audiovisual Accounts of Nazi Survivors and their Translation. Conception: Prof. Dr. Kerstin Schoor (European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/ Oder), Dr. Andrea Hammel (Aberystwyth University, Wales); Organiser: Selma Stern Centre for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg. https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:JeeJ38HEtOgJ:https://www.selma-stern-zentrum.de/Medien/2Calls/Plakate_Die-Sprachen-der-Erinnerung-final.pdf&cd=3&hl=de&ct=clnk&gl=de&client=firefox-b-d

14.06.2019 Täter_innen – Zu filmischen Geschlechtergrenzen, -überschreitungen und -ambivalenzen. Multidisciplinary conference: Victim//perpetrator inversions. Media studies on the actions of perpetrators and experiences of violence. Conception: Prof. Dr. Julia Barbara Köhne and Prof. Dr. rer. soc. Franziska Lamott (DFG/Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institute for Cultural Studies). https://www.hsozkult.de/conferencereport/id/fdkn-127025

27.07.2017 The Ravensbrück Concentration Camp in Film: Gender, Imagination and Memorialisation; Hannah Arendt Institute for Research on Totalitarianism e.V. at the Technical University of Dresden, https://hait.tu-dresden.de/ext/veranstaltungen/veranstaltung-7545/

23. 10. 2015 Female Voices Echoing the “Black Soil”: Reframing Oral History Interviews in Film, 12th International MTSU Holocaust Studies Conference, Genocide Studies and Holocaust Studies, Middle Tennessee State University, U.S.A., https://www.mtsu.edu/holocaust_studies/gallery.php

Dr. Katja S. Baumgärtner

Accosiated at Selma Stern Center for jewish studies Berlin-Brandenburg

Fellow at CAIS from October 2022 to March 2023