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Dr. Suzanne Brown-Fleming

Director, International Academic Programs
Areas of Expertise
  • The Vatican and the Holocaust

  • The German Catholic Church during the Nazi and postwar periods

  • The records of the International Tracing Service (Arolsen Archives)

Contact Information


Media contact Raymund Flandez, Senior Communications Officer, 202.314.1772,

Dr. Brown-Fleming joined the Museum in 2001 and directs special projects, particularly in the international realm, of large-scale, cross-office Museum projects that originate in the Mandel Center. 

Her work has been featured in Time Magazine, Catholic News Service, Catholic News Agency, La Stampa, and Vatican News, the official news portal of the Vatican Holy See. She has appeared on CNN, EWTN Global Catholic Television Network, and in several documentaries, including Holy Silence (2020). Dr. Brown-Fleming leads the Museum's Vatican Archives Initiative.

Her current research project, Il Papa Tedesco (The German Pope): Eugenio Pacelli and Germany, 1917–1958, is a study of Pope Pius XII’s relationship to Germany and its bishops, leaders, and people during the Weimar era, the Third Reich, and the Holocaust. Another current project, “Opa War Ein Nazi (Grandpa Was a Nazi): Eduard Geist and the Crimes of the Third Reich,” is Dr. Brown-Fleming’s first attempt to research and write as both a decades-long scholar of the Holocaust and the granddaughter of a devout and locally prominent Nazi.


  • PhD, modern German history, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, 2002

  • MA, American diplomatic history, University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia, 1993

  • BA, history and English, Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, Virginia, 1991


  • English

  • German

  • Reading ability in Italian

Select Publications

Select Recorded Presentations and Interviews

  • “Rising antisemitism requires a clear Catholic response,” America Magazine, November 7, 2023

  • “Vatican’s Silence on Holocaust was Shaped by Antisemitism and Caution, Archives Show,” Wall Street Journal, October 31 (Print Edition November 1), 2023

  • “Pope Francis meets with delegation from US Holocaust Museum,” Vatican News, October 25, 2023

  • Holy Silence, 2019 documentary film aired on PBS