2004–05 Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies Fellow Dr. Lars Fischer
Dr. Lars Fischer received a Ph.D. in Hebrew and Jewish studies from University College London, and a B.A. in modern history with First Class Honours from Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London. During his fellowship at the Museum, he was Lecturer in modern European history at King’s College London and an Honorary Research Fellow in the Hebrew and Jewish Studies Department at University College London. For his Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies Fellowship, Dr. Fischer researched, “The Significance of the Shoah for the Change in Perceptions of Antisemitism, 1870-1950.”
Dr. Fischer is the recipient of prestigious awards and honors for his work in modern European history, including the German Historical Institute London Scholarship, the Francis Clarke Memorial Prize, and the Derby Bryce Prize. He is the author of several scholarly articles including “The Pogromshchina and the Directory: A New Historiographical Synthesis?” in Revolutionary Russia (vol. 16, no. 2, 2003). He has also contributed articles on the philosophers Hegel and Feuerbach, among others, to Antisemitism. A Historical Encyclopedia of Prejudice and Persecution, Richard S. Levy, et. al., eds. (ABC-CLIO, 2005).
During his fellowship tenure, Dr. Fischer expanded upon his dissertation research and conducted a historiographical study on the history of modern antisemitism. He closely examined non-Jewish perceptions of Jews in Germany before the Holocaust and charted how such perceptions played a role during the Nazi rise to power.