Assoziierte Doktorandin


Florentine Schmidtmann

Centre for Contemporary History
Am Neuen Markt 1
14467 Potsdam

phone: +49 331 289 91 48
fax:       +49 331 289 91 60

e-mail: schmidtmann [at] zzf-potsdam.de



since 2016
PhD Student, Affiliated PhD at Dept. I Communism and Society, Working title: “Pforzheim - City of arrivals: Integration of GDR citizens in the south-west of Western Germany between 1960 and 1990”, Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam (ZZF) / University Potsdam

M.A. Public History, Focus: Contemporary German History, History didactics, Thesis: “A Bitter Path – Concept for an exhibition on the meaning of Bitterfeld in the GDR with selected non-conform art“, Free University Berlin

Academic exchange Erasmus-Program, Jagiellonian University Krakow, Poland

B.A. Cultural Studies, Focus: Cultural History, Social Sciences, Thesis: “Repatriation of Displaced Persons: Polish Unaccompanied Children, 1945-48”, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder)


Related Experience

06/2018 – 05/2019
Associated Researcher for the exhibition on "East Berlin. Half a Capital", Stadtmuseum Berlin / ZZF Potsdam

06/2016 – 04/2019
Associated Researcher for the open-air exhibition "Attention Border Area. The restricted zone in the GDR, Potsdam 1961-89" north of Glienicke Bridge in Potsdam, research, concept & editing, Erinnerungsorte Potsdamer Grenze e.V. / ZZF Potsdam

12/2013 – 10/2015
Curator & Researcher at DDR-Museum Pforzheim, Stiftung Lernort Demokratie – Das DDR-Museum Pforzheim

2012 – Present
Founding member past[at]present
past[at]present. Geschichte im Format. GbR, Berlin


Academic Grants and Activities

12/2016 – 02/2019
Holder of a PhD grant, Potsdam Graduate School Potsdam (POGS), University Potsdam

11/2016 – 11/2017
Elected PhD-representative of the ZZF Potsdam

Host of the 14. DoktorandInnenforum zur Zeitgeschichte "Fear! Cycles of a social phenomenon in contemporary history", ZZF Potsdam

Participant at the Henry Arnhold Summer School 2016 "Places of Politics. Cultural Institutions in the focus of societal discourse“, Joint project by TU Dresden, Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Militärhistorisches Museums der Bundeswehr, SLUB Dresden, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden



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  • Associated PhD project

    The influx of 3.8 million people who fled and left East Germany or were ransomed by the West German government between 1949 and 1990, some of them at the risk of their own lives, confronted society and politics in West Germany as well as the new... » zum Projekt

  • Exhibition project in the City Museum Berlin

    The Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam, and the Municipal Museum Berlin are preparing a joint exhibition on East Berlin. The exhibition will be shown from 10 May to 9 November 2019 in the Ephraim-Palais in the... » zum Projekt

  • Collaborative project between the ZZF and the association Memorial Sites at the Potsdam Border
    Project coordination:
    Prof. Dr. Frank Bösch, Dr. Hans-Hermann Hertle, Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Jan Fiebelkorn-Drasen
    Project management: Florentine Schmidtmann... » zum Projekt