Dr. Fischer was born and raised in Kaiserslautern, the biggest U.S. military installation in Europe, which brought him into intensive contact with young Americans. His university training included a Fulbright scholarship at the University of Arizona. After graduating with a Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Heidelberg, he became a career diplomat, serving at the German U.N. Mission in New York, as Economic Minister at the Embassy in Washington and until his retirement as Consul General in Los Angeles in charge of the Southwest of the U.S. Most recently, he taught courses on the history of diplomacy at several universities in Southern California.
Dr. Fischer was also posted in Tokyo, in Vienna, and as Ambassador in Zagreb, Croatia. At home, between these stationings abroad, he worked for the late Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl and as Chief of Protocol of the city-state of Berlin. During that time, he taught a course on methods of diplomacy at Freie Universität Berlin, which resulted in a publication on the history of diplomacy in Berlin (Zwischen Wilhelmstrasse und Bellevue: 500 Jahre Diplomatie in Berlin).