Mike Schmeitzner

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Mike Schmeitzner (born July 29, 1968 in Dresden ) is a German historian who primarily deals with contemporary history.


After graduating from EOS “Friedrich Engels” Dresden-Süd in 1987 , Schmeitzner initially worked at VEB Robotron in 1987/88 . He then studied history, German and educational sciences between 1988 and 1994 at the Pedagogical University of Dresden and the Technical University of Dresden , which he completed with the first state examination and the academic degree of a Magister Artium . From 1994 to 1997 Schmeitzner was a graduate fellow of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung , his doctorate on the Saxon social democrat Alfred Fellisch , supervised by Karlheinz Blaschke , was accepted in 1999 by the Philosophical Faculty of the TU Dresden. Since 1998 he has been working as a research assistant at the Hannah Arendt Institute for Research on Totalitarianism in Dresden. In addition, Schmeitzner has been entrusted with a teaching position at the Institute for History at the TU Dresden since 2001. From October 2010 to September 2011 he was the professor for modern and contemporary history at the University of Erfurt . In the 2013 summer semester, Schmeitzner was awarded the Venia Legendi for modern and contemporary history by the Philosophical Faculty of the TU Dresden as part of a cumulative habilitation process . With effect from March 1, 2018, he was appointed adjunct professor at the Institute for History at TU Dresden.

Schmeitzner's research focuses on the history of the Weimar Republic , the Third Reich , the Soviet zone of occupation and the early GDR as well as historical research on parliamentarism and totalitarianism . Among other things, he is a member of the history forum of the SPD (successor to the historical commission of the SPD party executive ) and is a member of the scientific advisory boards of the Saxon Memorials Foundation and the Reich President Friedrich Ebert Memorial as well as the editorial board of the magazine Dresdner Hefte .

In the state elections in Saxony in 1999 , Schmeitzner ran unsuccessfully at number 26 on the list of the SPD Saxony and as a direct candidate in constituency 48 (Weißeritzkreis), in which Andrea Hubrig won the mandate.




  • with Michael Rudloff: "Such pests also exist in Leipzig". Social Democrats and the SED. Lang, Frankfurt am Main 1997, ISBN 3-631-47385-0 .
  • with Andreas Hilger , Ute Schmidt: Enforcement of dictatorship. Instruments and methods for securing communist power in the Soviet occupation zone / GDR 1945–1955 (= reports and studies. Volume 35). Hannah Arendt Institute for Research on Totalitarianism, Dresden 2001, ISBN 3-931648-38-9 ( digitized versionhttp: //vorlage_digitalisat.test/1%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.hait.tu-dresden.de%2Fdok%2Fbst%2FHeft_35_Hilger.pdf~GB%3D~IA%3D~MDZ%3D%0A~SZ% 3D ~ double-sided% 3D ~ LT% 3D ~ PUR% 3D ).
  • with Andreas Hilger, Ute Schmidt: Soviet military tribunals. Volume 2: The sentencing of German civilians 1945–1955 (= writings of the HAIT. Volume 17/2). Böhlau, Cologne / Weimar / Vienna 2003, ISBN 3-412-06801-2 .
  • with Rainer Behring: Enforcing dictatorship in Saxony. Studies on the genesis of communist rule 1945–1952 (= writings of the HAIT. Volume 22). Böhlau, Cologne / Weimar / Vienna 2003, ISBN 3-412-14802-4 .
  • with Andreas Hilger, Clemens Vollnhals : Sovietization or Neutrality? Options of Soviet occupation policy in Germany and Austria 1945–1955 (= writings of the HAIT. Volume 32). Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2006, ISBN 3-525-36906-9 .
  • with Andreas Wagner: Of power and powerlessness. Saxon Prime Minister in the Age of Extremes 1912–1952. Sax, Beucha 2006, ISBN 3-934544-75-4 .
  • with Heinrich Wiedemann: Courage for freedom. A life full of projects. Festschrift for the 80th birthday of Wolfgang Marcus . Lit, Berlin / Münster 2007, ISBN 3-8258-0797-5 .
  • Criticism of totalitarianism from the left. German discourses in the 20th century (= writings of the HAIT. Volume 34). Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2007, ISBN 3-525-36910-7 .
  • with Michael Richter, Thomas Schaarschmidt: Länder, Gaue and districts. Central Germany in the 20th century. MDV, Halle (Saale) 2007, ISBN 3-89812-530-0 .
  • with Katarzyna Stoklosa: partner or adversary? German-Polish neighborhood in the century of dictatorships (= Central and East Central European Studies. Volume 8) Lit, Berlin / Münster 2008, ISBN 3-8258-1254-5 .
  • with Christine Pieper, Gerhard Naser: Brown careers. Dresden perpetrators and actors in National Socialism. Sandstein, Dresden 2012, ISBN 3-942422-85-9 .
  • with Andreas Weigelt, Klaus-Dieter Müller, Thomas Schaarschmidt: death sentences of Soviet military tribunals against Germans (1944–1947). A historical-biographical study (= writings of the HAIT. Volume 56). Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2015, ISBN 3-525-36968-9 .
  • with Andreas Kötzing, Francesca Weil, Jan Erik Schulte: Comparison as a challenge. Festschrift for Günther Heydemann's 65th birthday (= HAIT publications, Volume 57). Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2015, ISBN 3-525-36969-7 .
  • with Clemens Vollnhals, Francesca Weil: From Stalingrad to the SBZ. Saxony 1943 to 1949 (= HAIT publications. Volume 60). Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2015, ISBN 3-525-36972-7 .
  • with Bert Pampel: Sachsenburg Concentration Camp (1933–1937) (= series of publications by the Saxon Memorials Foundation. Volume 16). Sandstein, Dresden 2018, ISBN 978-3-95498-382-7 .
  • with Konstantin Hermann, Sven Steinberg: The divided Free State. New perspectives on Saxon history 1918 to 1933 . Leipziger Universitätsverlag, Leipzig 2019, ISBN 978-3-96023-255-1 (special edition of the Saxon State Center for Civic Education, Dresden 2019)
  • with Gerhard Lindemann : ... that's where we strike. Political violence in Saxony 1930–1935 (= Reports and Studies No. 78 of the Hannah Arendt Institute for Research on Totalitarianism). V & R unipress, Göttingen 2020, ISBN 978-3-8471-0934-1 .


  • with Norbert Haase: Peter Blachstein : “The flag of freedom flies in us”. Testimonies to the early Hohnstein Castle concentration camp (= testimonies to life - path of suffering. Volume 18). Saxon Memorials Foundation, Dresden 2005, ISBN 3-934382-16-9 .
  • with Klaus-Dieter Müller, Joachim Scherrieble: June 17, 1953 in the mirror of Soviet secret service documents. 33 secret MWD reports on the events in the GDR (= time window. Volume 4). Leipziger Universitätsverlag, Leipzig 2008, ISBN 3-86583-272-5 .
  • Richard Löwenthal : Fascism - Bolshevism - Totalitarianism. Writings on the modern worldview dictatorship (= HAIT ways of totalitarianism research. Volume 1). Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2009, ISBN 3-525-32600-9 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. PD Dr. Mike Schmeitzner appointed associate professor. (PDF; 360 kB) In: HAIT-News. February 28, 2018, accessed June 8, 2018 .
  2. History Forum of the SPD - We About Us, accessed on June 12, 2020.