Stefanie Rauch

PhD student

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My full-time PhD research began in October 2010 and received a fees-only studentship from the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, a twelve-month stipend from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for the period 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012, and a Funds for Women Graduates Main Grant for the academic year 2012/13. The thesis title is ‘Making sense of Holocaust representations: a reception study of audience responses to recent films’. This is a multi-disciplinary project under the supervision of Dr Olaf Jensen (Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies) and Prof. James Chapman (Film Studies) incorporating theories and methods from historical, film, and cultural studies, as well as from the social sciences.

While scholars have produced a considerable amount of theoretical work about films such as Life is Beautiful, there has been a notable absence of research of the many different ways in which people perceive and make sense of feature films about the Holocaust. Aiming to fill this gap in current research, the focus of this project is an empirical qualitative study of British people’s reception and interpretation of recent Holocaust films.


I completed my MA (Magister Artium) in Modern History, Gender Studies, and South Asian History at Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, in 2009. I was an intern and volunteer researcher with the Memorial Museums Department (Topography of Terror Foundation) in Berlin. In 2013, I organised the University of Leicester's Holocaust Awareness Week, and I have been web editor for the Stanley Burton Centre since 2011. I taught undergraduate modules on 19th century European history, the Holocaust, and its representation in films and documentaries. My research interests include the history, memory and representation of National Socialism and the Holocaust, modern German history, film reception and cultural studies.


'My view of how the whole thing was orchestrated has changed': British responses to Conspiracy and the Wannsee Conference, Film, History and Public Memory Conference (3-4 October 2013), Nerve Centre, Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 3 October 2013.

'That could have been me' - The Reader, 'Ordinary Perpetrators', and the Difficulty of Passing Judgement, International Conference The Future of Holocaust Studies (28-31 July 2013), University of Southampton/University of Winchester, 30 July 2013.

Perpetrators of the Holocaust in Feature Films: a reception study of British responses to recent films, International Conference Memory Revisited: The Holocaust in European Art and Popular Culture in the New Millenium (21-23 March 2013), Hugo Valentin Centre Uppsala University/Sweden, 23 March 2013.

‘It’s either gonna be the fear or the indoctrination': British responses to The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas‘, Second International Graduate Students' Conference for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (29 March 2012 - 1 April 2012), Clark University, Worcester/Massachusetts, US, 31 March 2012.

'It’s kind of like a documentary': Conspiracy and the Wannsee Conference, Modern History Research Seminar at the University of Winchester, 8 March 2012.


Book review: S. Rauch, ‘A Photograph and Its Implications’, Review article (2014) of Jan Tomasz Gross with Irena Grudzińska Gross, Golden Harvest: Events at the Periphery of the Holocaust (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), in H-Net Reviews:

Book review: S. Rauch, Review article (2012) of Gregor Thum (trans. Lampert and Brown; translations of Polish sources by W. Martin and Jasper Tilbury), Uprooted: How Breslau Became Wrocław during the Century of Expulsions (Princeton and Oxford, 2011), Urban History, 39, pp. 685-687.

Rauch, Stefanie, "British Responses to the Film ‘The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" (2012). International Graduate Students' Conference on Holocaust and Genocide Studies Papers. Paper 28, [Digital Commons].

S. Rauch, ‘Verankerung von Gedenkstättenbesuchen im Unterricht gemäß den Rahmenlehrplänen der Länder (Part 1)’, Gedenkstättenrundbrief, Topography of Terror Foundation, No. 134 (12/2006), pp.  14-20.

S. Rauch, ’Verankerung von Gedenkstättenbesuchen im Unterricht gemäß den Rahmenlehrplänen der Länder (Part 2)’, Gedenkstättenrundbrief, Topography of Terror Foundation, No. 135 (2/2007), pp. 9-16.

Contributions to the Topography of Terror’s memorial book project: Topography of Terror Foundation (ed.), Berliner Juden im Getto Litzmannstadt 1941_1944. Ein Gedenkbuch (Berlin, 2009). For my contributions, please see pages 96-8;125;156-7;169-71.

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