Austrian historian and journalist Dr Baumgartner researches areas related to the resistance and persecution before and during WWII, the history of persecution of Roma and Sinti, Austria’s dealings with their Nazi past, and the history of national minorities in Austria.
He has held academic positions at several universities and other scientific and educational institutions in Austria. He lectured at the University of Applied Sciences FH-Joanneum in Graz/Austria, headed up research of the international research association Kanzlei in Vienna; was a team member of the Austrian Historians´ Commission; is a founding member of the Burgenländische Forschungsgesellschaft; and a project leader of the Name-Database of Austrian Holocaust Victims among the Roma and Sinti project. He has lectured at several universities in Vienna, Salzburg, Klagenfurt, Budapest and Tel Aviv.
Among his important works related to the history of the Roma and Sinti are: “Roma and Sinti in the Burgenland 1945-2000 – The current situation of an ethnic group” and “The role of Austrian National Socialism in murder of Roma and Sinti”. Dr Baumgartner is author of the online teaching materials “The Fate of European Roma and Sinti During the Holocaust“.
Dr Baumgartner also has comprehensive experience in journalism and media, at the Austrian national public service broadcaster ORF. He was editor in chief of the Hungarian-language radio broadcasts of the ORF Burgenland, editor for the Foreign Policy Desk at Austrian Public Radio ORF, and editor in chief of TV-programs with the Austrian public TV station ORF Burgenland.
Currently he is a Scientific Director of the Archives of Austrian Resistance in Vienna.