Christian Jänsch

PhD student I Research assistant

From March 2017 until June 2019 Christian Jänsch has been a research assistant and PhD candidate at the Graduate School. In his master’s thesis he has fundamentally dealt with the (post-event) history of the women’s camp Penig, (Außenkommando Penig) one of the sub camps of the Buchenwald concentration camp. From 2013 to 2016 Christian Jänsch studied history and politics of the 20th Centuryat the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. During this period he worked as a student researcher at the Imre Kertesz Kolleg Jena, as well as a freelancer for the Buchenwald memorial in Weimar.

 

After ‘Euthanasia’: Disability policy and Constructions of ‘Disability’ in the Soviet Occupation Zone and GDR between 1945 and 1965

The project’s starting points are questions in the field of disability history; how the post-genocidal GDR society  regarded ‘disabled’ people, which (imposed) status these people had in a self-proclaimed socialism like the GDR, and ultimately what it meant for their lives to be generally categorised as ‘disabled’ or ‘maimed’ by various sources. Inextricably linked to these issues are critical questions about the health care system of the totalitarian state in the aftermath of National Socialism and questions about the possibilities for self-determination of people who were dependent on specific individual help and support. An interdisciplinary approach from both the historical and the socio scientific perspective, provides a close look into the “clinical gaze” (Michel Foucault) and the “historical becoming of the disability construction” (Anne Klein) in the context of the inter-German relationship, as well as a chance to evaluate the medical-therapeutic advances and relevant government reforms which are often regarded as indicators of an allegedly improved system by their social impacts.

Essays

Christian Jänsch/Alexander Walther, Kulmhof/Chelmno nad Nerem, in:Jörg Ganzenmüller/Raphael Utz (Hg.), Orte der Shoah in Polen. Gedenkstätten zwischen Mahnmal und Museum, Köln/Weimar/Wien 2016 (= Schriften der Stiftung Ettersberg, Bd. 22), S. 67-98.

Christian Jänsch/Alexander Walther, Zur Würde von Menschen an Orten nationalsozialistischer Massenverbrechen, in: Jörg Ganzenmüller/Raphael Utz (Hg.), Orte der Shoah in Polen. Gedenkstätten zwischen Mahnmal und Museum, Köln/Weimar/Wien 2016 (= Schriften der Stiftung Ettersberg, Bd. 22), S. 329-347.

Articles in the daily press

Christian Jänsch, Zwangsarbeit in der Nachbarschaft, in: Freie Presse Chemnitz (Lokalteil Rochlitz) vom 5. August 2017, S. 13.

Christian Jänsch, Der Tag der Befreiung, in: Freie Presse Chemnitz (Lokalteil Rochlitz) vom 12. August 2017, S. 15.

Christian Jänsch, Täter nicht zur Verantwortung gezogen, in: Freie Presse Chemnitz (Lokalteil Rochlitz) vom 19. August 2017, S. 13.