The EHRI Fellows of 2014

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Starting in the summer of 2015, EHRI has a new fellowship programme (read more about the programme >> ). Between 2012-2014, after a call for applications, every year twelve researchers were invited to stay for a period of four weeks to two months at an EHRI partner institute. In 2014, EHRI was able to offer additional positions. The EHRI fellowships are intended to support and stimulate Holocaust research by facilitating international access to key archives and collections related to the Holocaust.

The first call for applications for 2014 was issued in the summer of 2013 and circulated widely. Overall 40 applicants from 12 countries applied for an EHRI fellowship. An international panel of experts selected the fellows on the basis of their research programmes. Experts included Prof. Dr. Barbara Engelking-Boni (IFiS PAN, Warsaw, Poland), Prof. Benjamin Frommer PhD (Northwestern University, IL, USA), Dr. Christoph Dieckmann (Keele University, UK), Prof. Renée Poznanski (Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel) and Prof. Alan E. Steinweis PhD (University of Vermont, USA).

These were the 19 EHRI Fellows for 2014:

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Institute for Contemporary History, Munich

Devra Katz (Israel), graduate student, University of Haifa, “Emotions in Stutthof: An Analysis of the Social Function of Emotions in a Prisoner Society”.

Devra Katz is currently completing her MA at the University of Haifa in the field of Holocaust Studies. 

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Institute for Contemporary History, Munich

Aleksandra Loewenau (United Kingdom), postdoctoral research assistant, Oxford Brookes University, “Rebuilding Lives of Jewish Survivors of Medical Experiments at Auschwitz: A Comparative Study”.

Aleksandra graduated with PhD in History of Medicine from Oxford Brookes University in 2012. The title of her thesis was “The Impact of Nazi Medical Experiments on Polish Inmates at Dachau, Auschwitz and Ravensbrück”.

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Institute for Contemporary History, Munich

Matt Lawson (United Kingdom), PhD candidate, Edge Hill University, “Film Music of German Holocaust cinema”.

Matt Lawson is a funded PhD candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant from the north of England. Currently based at Edge Hill University, Matt’s ongoing PhD research focuses on the music used in German depictions of the Holocaust on screen.

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Institute for Contemporary History, Munich

Katarzyna Person (Poland), assistant professor, Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw, “Polish-Jewish Relations in Germany in the Immediate Postwar Period”.

Katarzyna Person is a historian of Eastern European Jewish History working in the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw.

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Jewish Museum Prague

Istvan Pal Adam (Austria), junior fellow, Wiener Wiesenthal Institut für Holocaust-Studien, “A Comparison of the Czech and Hungarian Building Managers and their relations with the persecuted Jews during the Holocaust”.

Istvan Pal Adam is a PhD candidate at the University of Bristol, where his work is supervised by Josie McLellan and Tim Cole.

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Jewish Museum Prague

César Abraham Castañeda Valencia (Poland/Spain), Erasmun Mundus Master student, Adam Mickiewicz University and Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, “Analysis of Cultural Narratives related to Holocaust and Genocide”

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Jewish Museum Prague

Peter Hallama (France/Germany), doctoral student, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, “Die Familiengeschichte der Rosa Böhm, von Tábor nach Wien, London und New York. Zwischen Geschichte und Erinnerung, Anti- und Philosemitismus”.

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Jewish Museum Prague

Lisa Peschel (United Kingdom), lecturer, University of York, “Humor and National Identity in Cabarets from the Terezín/Theresienstadt Ghetto”

Dr. Lisa Peschel is a lecturer in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of York.

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Jewish Museum Prague

Alexander Prenninger (Austria), doctoral student, Universität Wien, “Evakuierungstransporte und Todesmärsche in das Konzentrationslager Mauthausen durch das Gebiet der Tschechischen Republik”.

Alexander Prenninger (Austria) is a researcher at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Historical Social Science (Vienna-Salzburg).

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Shoah Memorial, Paris

Edy Cohen (Israel), research fellow, Bar-Ilan University, "Nazis and Axis Propaganda in Mandatory Palestine and the Arab World, 1933-1945".

Edy Cohen earned his PhD in Middle Eastern History at Bar-Ilan University in Israel.

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Shoah Memorial, Paris

Luca Fenoglio (United Kingdom), PhD student, University of Edinburgh, “The ‘everyday life’ of persecution: Italian diplomats and police officers, and the anti-Jewish policy in Italian-occupied France”.

Luca Fenoglio is a PhD student in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology of the University of Edinburgh. His doctoral dissertation is provisionally entitled ‘Resisting the ‘final solution’? Fascist Italy’s policy towards the Jews in southeastern France, November 1942 – September 1943’.

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Shoah Memorial, Paris

Anna Marczisovszky (Hungary), PhD candidate, Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, “'Try to look. Just try and see.’ – In Search of a Haunting Memoir”.

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Shoah Memorial, Paris

Aleksandra Szczepan (Poland), PhD student, Jagiellonian University Kraków, ”Post-Holocaust, Post-dependence, Post-memory: Negotiating Jewish Identity in the Post-Communist Central Europe”.

Aleksandra Szczepan is finishing her dissertation on traumatic realism in postwar Polish literature at the Department of Polish Studies of the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland.

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NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam

Christine Kausch (Germany), doctoral student, University of Münster, “Zuflucht auf Zeit – Jüdische Flüchtlinge aus Deutschland in den Niederlanden 1933-1945”.

Christine Kausch is a PhD Candidate at the University of Münster and is working on a project about German-Jewish refugees in the Netherlands 1933-1945.

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NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Tatsiana Vaitulevich (Germany), PhD candidate, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, “The Public Memory of the Holocaust in Post-War Netherlands and in Belarus”.

Tatsiana Vaitulevich MA studied History in Belarus, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany and is now a PhD candidate in History at the Georg-August-University Goettingen.

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Yad Vashem, Jerusalem

Annalena Schmidt (Germany), researcher, Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe, Marburg, “(Selbst-)Hilfe in Zeiten der Hilflosigkeit? Die 'Jüdische Soziale Selbsthilfe' und die 'Jüdische Unterstützungsstelle' im Generalgouvernement 1939-1945”.

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Yad Vashem, Jerusalem

Borbála Klacsmann (Hungary), research assistant, Central European University Budapest, “Reclaiming Jewish Property and Restitutions in Hungary after the Second World War”.

Borbála Klacsmann (Hungary) graduated from Eötvös Loránd University with an MA degree in History and BA degree in Ethnography.

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Yad Vashem, Israel

Agnieszka-Anna Yass-Alston (Poland), PhD candidate, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, “Jewish Art Collectors in Prewar Krakow; Plunder and Destruction of Jewish Cultural Assets during WWII”.

Yagna Yass-Alston is a PhD Candidate in the Jewish Studies Institute of Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.

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Yad Vashem, Israel

Justyna Majewska (Poland), PhD candidate, Polish Academy of the Sciences, Warsaw, “Jewish social transformation in the Warsaw ghetto as revealed in personal narratives: A case study”.

Justyna Majewska is a PhD Candidate at the Graduate School for Social Research at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland.