Prof. Dr. Stephan Lehnstaedt

Professor for Holocaust Studies and Jewish Studies

Stephan Lehnstaedt received his PhD from Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU) in 2008 and his Habilitation (Neuere und Neueste Geschichte) from Technische Universität Chemnitz in 2016. From 2005-2009 he worked at Institut für Zeitgeschichte Munich and from 2010-2016 at the German Historical Institute Warsaw. As a Guest Teacher, he served at LMU (2008-10), at Humboldt University Berlin and at the London School of Economics (both 2013/14).

From 2008 to 2010 Prof. Lehnstaedt provided expert opinion for various German social courts dealing with ghetto labour pensions. In December 2012 he was heard by the German Bundestag on that topic. For these activities, he was awarded in 2015 both the order “Missio Reconciliationis” (Commander’s Cross level) and the medal “Powstanie w Getcie Warszawskim” (Uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto), the latter from the Association of Jewish Fighters during WW2 in Poland.

His main fields of interest are the history of the two World Wars, the Holocaust, and its compensation in the 21st century. He recently finished a book manuscript comparing the imperialism of Germany and Austria-Hungary in World War I with that of the Nazis in World War II, both on the example of occupied Poland. Prof Lehnstaedt has published two monographs dealing with German everyday life in occupied Eastern Europe during World War II and the compensation of Jewish ghetto labour after 1945. Among an edition of documents by Nazi Einsatzgruppen in Poland in 1939 (together with Jochen Böhler), and further co-edited volumes and journal issues, stand more than two dozen articles in peer-reviewed journals in German, English, Polish, French, and Hebrew.

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Prof. Dr. Stephan Lehnstaedt

Prof. Dr. Stephan Lehnstaedt
Campus Am Rupenhorn
Am Rupenhorn 5
14055 Berlin
Phone: +49(0)30 – 300 686 0
Fax: +49(0)30 – 300 686 39
E-mail: stephan.lehnstaedt(at)