Dr. Miriam Bistrovic is Director of Berlin Operations. She joined the Leo Baeck Institute New York | Berlin in late 2013, when the institute established a branch office in Berlin to maintain and deepen relations with scholars, Jewish Communities, government and corporate sponsors, and the wider public in Germany. Since then she has been coordinating the institute’s activities and projects in Germany ranging from panel discussions and lectures, to workshops, conferences, and traveling exhibits. The most recent project being the “1938Projekt – Posts from the Past” (www.1938projekt.org) and its presentation at the central ceremonies marking the 80th anniversary of the November Pogroms at Berlin‘s Rykestraße Synagogue on November 9, 2018 as well as the opening of the "Shared History" exhibit (https://sharedhistoryproject.org/) at the Deutsche Bundestag on January 27, 2021, International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Dr. Bistrovic majored in Modern History and Art History. She was a JSPS Fellow at the Center for German and European Studies at the University of Tokyo, Komaba (DESK) in 2008 and earned her PhD at the Technical University Berlin in 2010, where she also conducted seminars on media analysis at the Center for Research on Antisemitism and the department for political science.
Before joining the Leo Baeck Institute Dr. Bistrovic has worked for the first Independent Experts Group on Antisemitism (constituted by the German Bundestag in 2009), Berlin’s theme year 2013 “Diversity Destroyed: 1933/1938” and as project coordinator for the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) Multi Year Work Plan on “Killing Sites”.
Her current research fields are: Jewish Exile (in particular in East Asia) and Diaspora, Culture(s) of Remembrance and Antisemitism.