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I am a Research Associate in the Project in History of Justice. As an archivist, I am researching and inventorying relevant documents for the project. I provide our team with relevant documents and prepares them for the digitalizing and virtual exhibition.

I worked as an archivist at the German Federal Archive, in Koblenz and Berlin and at the Military Archive in Freiburg, where I managed requests and inquiries concerning the Wehrmacht, WW II and the fate of POW and other Nazi victims. I supported projects in digitalizing and preservation of documents and worked in a project of the German Historical Moscow to digitalize records of Soviet POW.

After my archival career, I began my doctorate at the University of Hamburg in cultural anthropology about the impact of death and violence and the memory of WW II in the post-war period in Germany and Russia.

My research focus lies on the commemoration aspects of military dead/war dead and war cemeteries in Germany and Russia, the Holocaust in Eastern Europe and on cultural aspects on the Wehrmacht and military violence during WW II. And secondly, my research interests cover the classical historical research in archives and libraries, digital methods and innovations and the questions of digital preservation and accessibility of historical documents.


PhD in History and Cultural Anthropology, University of Hamburg (2019), Thesis: “The German Soldier Graves between Heroic Glorification and Signs of Reconciliation – Historical and Cultural Case Studies about the War Death based on German Burial Grounds” Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Norbert Fischer

M.A. in European History, Long Distance Learning University of Hagen, Germany (FernUniversität) (2013), Thesis: “Der Heldengedenktag in der Wehrmacht” (Remembrance and Veterans Day of the Wehrmacht),

B.A. in Archival Science, University for Applied Studies for Archival Science Marburg, Germany (2008), Thesis: “The Records of the Airship troops of the Prussian Army during World War I”


“Documents and Research Possibilities of the Soviet Prisoners of War in German Archives“, in Occupation – Annihilation – Forced Labour. Papers from the 20th Workshop on the History and Memory of National Socialist Concentration Camps, ed. by Frederic Bonneseour Philipp Dinkelaker, Sarah Kleinmann, Jens Kolata and Anja Reuss, (Metropol Berlin, 2017), p. 235-254.

“Totenhügel und Waldfriedhöfe – die Gräber und Friedhöfe für gefallene Wehrmachtssoldaten während des Zweiten Weltkriegs zwischen individueller Gräberfürsorge und nationalsozialistischem Totenkult (Hill of the Dead and Forest Cemeteries – The Graves and Cemeteries for fallen soldiers during World War II between individual grave care and the National Socialist Necropolis”, in RIHA Journal online, June 2017 ( graves/0174-janz).

“From Battlegrounds to Burial Grounds’ – The Cemetery Landscapes of the German Army, 1939 -1945”, in War and Geography. The Spatiality of Organized Mass Violence. Ed. Sarah K. Danielsson/Frank Jacob (Ferdinand Schöningh Verlag, 2017), p. 147-162.

“Reconciliation over the Graves? or the German-Russian Reconciliation of Sologubovka”, Online Essay American Institute of Contemporary German Studies/Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C., November 2016 ( cemetery-in-russia/).

“The last traces of the war. The soldier cemeteries in the collective memory in dictatorship and democracy”, in Series Memory Studies, South Ural State University Chelyabinsk, Russia (2016).

“Von Toten und Helden“ in “Archiv für Sozialgeschichte“ (Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung), volume 55 (2015): 177-204.

Work in progress:

“The Work for Peace – The Workcamps of the German War Graves Commission”, in Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte, Munich 2019.


“History of Justice – 1789 until today” – Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH), University of Luxembourg and National Archives of Luxembourg (since 2018)

“Soviet and German Prisoners of War of WW II” – German Historical Institute, Moscow and German War Grave Commission (2015)

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