Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Dr Stefanie Rauch

Research Centre: Centre for Collective Violence, Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Oral history accounts of survivors of the Holocaust feature prominently in museums, education, and memorial sites. Voices from the perpetrator side, of which comparatively few have been recorded, are rarely heard due to fears over giving a platform to, and therefore spreading, revisionist, apologetic or exculpating accounts - or outright Holocaust denial - thus causing offence and disrespect to the victims, survivors and their families.

Joining UCL in 2016, Stefanie Rauch worked on a collection of video interviews with men and women who were complicit in Nazi violence, preparing it for wider research access and use in education.

As part of the collaborative AHRC-funded project Compromised Identities? Reflections on Complicity and Perpetration under Nazism (2018-2021), Stefanie Rauch's current research explores what it means to ordinary people to have stood on the “wrong side of history” once the moral and normative parameters have shifted. Using post-war oral testimonies and focussing on how individuals later reflect on, evaluate, and interpret their behaviours, attitudes, and (compromised) identities in past and present, she evaluates the ways in which changing public images affected private discourses and self-representations.

In her PhD in History, which she received at the University of Leicester, she focused on the reception of films about the Holocaust in Britain. She has published articles in History & Memory, Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum Social Qualitative Research (FQS), and Traces de Mémoire: Pedagogie et Transmission.