EHRI Fellows 2016-2018

We are proud to introduce the first group of EHRI Fellows 2016-2018, that were chosen under the new EHRI Fellowship Programme.

Anna Menyhert

King's College London

Anna Menyhért, Research Fellow University of Amsterdam, "Trauma Processing in the Digital Age"

Anna Menyhért is a Hungarian writer and academic, currently a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Research Fellow at the University of Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture/Slavonic Studies Department. For the last five years she worked at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary, at the Institute of Cultural Studies and Hungarian Literature as the Principal Investigator of the Trauma and Gender in Literature and Culture Research Group. She has experience in teaching, in academic programme development and in leadership and management within academia, in the cultural and civil sectors both in Hungary and internationally; she was the vice president of the European Writers’ Council and the head of the Hungarian Studies Department at the Balassi Institute in Budapest as well as the Director of the Hungarian Literary Authors’ Collecting Society. Her research interests include trauma studies, cultural and digital memory studies and women’s literature. Her new MSCA research project is titled “Trauma Studies in the Digital Age: The Impact of Social Media on Trauma Processing in Life Narratives and in Trauma Literature: the Case of Hungary” (TRAPRODIG).

Andrea Palašti

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum / Bundesarchiv / Wiener Library

Andrea Palašti, visual artist, independent curator, Lecturer in Visual communications of the Department for New media at the Academy of Art in Novi Sad, "Portraits and memories"

Andrea Palašti is a visual artist, independent curator and lecturer, based in Novi Sad, Serbia. Andrea holds a master’s degree in Photography at the Academy of Art, University of Novi Sad. In 2015, she graduated with PhD in Art and media theory from the University of Arts in Belgrade. She is active in the field of research and exhibition practice that experiments with archives, methodologies and contextual aspects of art, which emphasizes issues of cultural geography and the everyday life. She has recently been appointed as a Lecturer in Visual communications of the Department for New media at the Academy of Art in Novi Sad.

Ionela Ana Dascultu

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Ionela Ana Dascultu, PhD Candidate, University of Haifa, "Jewish Children in Orphanages in Transnistria (1942-1944)"

I completed my MA in Jewish Culture and Civilization at the University of Bucharest, Romania and I am now a PhD Candidate in History at the University of Haifa, Israel.
In my doctoral thesis, I will look at the history and memory of the Jewish children sheltered in the orphanages established in Transnistria between 1942 and 1944. It will focus especially on the children`s experiences in the orphanages, from their own perspective. It will also discuss the attitude of both Romanian and Jewish officials towards these orphans.

Aaldert Prins

Yad Vashem

Aaldert Prins (Belgium) Post-Doctoral Researcher Historical Theology, Evangelical Theological Faculty, Leuven, “Protestant Evangelical Churches in Roman Catholic Countries and the Holocaust”

Aaldert Prins (Belgium) graduated from the Evangelical Theological Faculty (ETF) in 1991 with a Licentiate in Theology. From 1991-2002 he was guest lecturer Historical Theology at the Bijbelinstituut België, Leuven. From 2009 he is part time PR and Communications Consultant and Archivist at Evadoc, Protestant-Evangelical Archives and Documentation Centre in Leuven. From 2009-2015 he was Assistant in Historical Theoloy at ETF, where he earned a PhD in Theology and Religious Studies in 2015. As of September 2015 he is Postdoctoral Researcher Historical Theology at ETF, focussing on Resistance and Collaboration by Belgian Evangelicals during World War 2 in comparison with Evangelicals in France, Austria and Italy.

Anna Maria Droumpouki

Bundesarchiv / International Tracing Service

Anna Maria Droumpouki, postdoctoral researcher, Research Center for Modern History - Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, "Repairing the Past: Holocaust Restitution in Greece"

Her research topic is about Holocaust Restitution in Greece and German reparations to Greek Jews (“Repairing the Past: Holocaust Restitution in Greece”). In 2013 she completed a PhD in Contemporary Greek History at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, with the topic “Sites of Memory of Second World War in Greece and in Europe”. Her PhD was revised for a book edition and was published in June 2014 from POLIS Editions (Monuments of Oblivion. Traces of Second World War in Greece and in Europe, Polis Editions, Athens 2014).

Angela Boone

International Tracing Service, Bad Arolsen

Angela Boone, independent researcher and supervisor, "German Jewish refugees in the Netherlands: Deportation of Holocaust survivors to Germany by the Dutch government in the period 1945-1950"

At present Angela Boone conducts independent research concerning the postwar ‘small Shoah’ in the Netherlands, next to her job as supervisor of a nonprofit organization. 

She has a master’s degree in cultural anthropology and a master’s degree in humanitarian action. She studied cultural anthropology at the Free University of Amsterdam (and took additional courses at the University of Amsterdam & Wageningen Agricultural University) and humanitarian action at the University of Groningen.

Filippo Petrucci

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Filippo Petrucci, Research Fellow, University of Cagliari, "Italian Jewish community in Tunisia in 1942-1943; its relationship with France, its relationship with Italy"

Filippo Petrucci holds a PhD in History of Africa, University of Cagliari-Italy, with a thesis on the comparison between the Jewish communities in Algeria and Tunisia during 1942-43. After the PhD his studies focused on Jews’ life in Northern Africa, thanks to several fellowships: with the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, with the Vidal Sassoon International Centre for the Study of anti-Semitism –SICSA– at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and with the University of Cagliari in Italy.

Raul Cârstocea

NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies / King's College London

Raul Cârstocea, Senior Research Associate, European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI), Flensburg, Germany; “From the radical fringe to the mainstream: anti-Semitic representations in the interwar Romanian press, 1923-1941”

Raul holds a PhD in History from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, with a thesis that examined the role of anti-Semitism in the ideology of the ‘Legion of the Archangel Michael’, Romania’s interwar fascist movement. Combining investigation of previously unexplored archival data with a methodology indebted mostly to psychoanalytic theory and its social psychology applications to the study of groups, the thesis explored the construction of the representation of the ‘Jew’ in the legionary movement’s ideology.

Beate Müller

Center for Holocaust Studies at the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich

Beate Müller, Reader in Modern German Studies, Newcastle University, "Fine Young Democrats? German Youth in OMGUS Surveys, 1945-49"

Dr Beate Müller is Reader in Modern German Studies at Newcastle University. She has worked on representations of the Holocaust in literature, music, diaries, school essays and survivor testimony. She is particularly interested in early post-war Holocaust representations as well as in Holocaust narratives involving child figures and child voices. Her respective articles have appeared in edited books and in international journals such as History and Memory, Internationales Archiv für Sozialgeschichte der deutschen Literatur, or Translation and Literature. She also contributed a podcast on child Holocaust testimonies for the German website of Yad Vashem (2013).

Lonneke Geerlings

Bundesarchiv, Berlin

Lonneke Geerlings (The Netherlands), PhD candidate, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, "The Transnational Ego-Network of Rosey E. Pool (1905-1971). Dutch-German Contacts in 1930s Berlin in the Resistance Group Van Dien"

My PhD research focuses on Rosey E. Pool (1905-1971) – a writer, translator, and cultural anthropologist of Jewish descent born in Amsterdam. Already in the 1920s, Pool was involved in the Négritude movement, and corresponded with a number of Harlem Renaissance poets. During WWII, she became active in a Dutch resistance group. After 1945, Pool became involved in the American and British Black Arts Movements. 

Jason Tingler

Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute

Jason Tingler, PhD Candidate, Clark University, “Chełm Land, 1939-1944: Interethnic Relations and Mass Violence in Central Poland”

Jason Tingler is a PhD Candidate and Claims Conference Fellow at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts (USA). Before Clark, Tingler received a Master’s Degree in History from Drew University and a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Political Science from Youngstown State University.  His research focuses on modern German and Polish history, the construction of ethnic and national identities, and the relation between societies and mass violence. 

Laurien Vastenhout

Centre for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Contemporary Society / Mémorial de la Shoah

Laurien Vastenhout (the Netherlands), PhD student University of Sheffield, “The Jewish Councils of Western Europe under Nazi Occupation: A Comparative Analysis”

Her project project provides the first comprehensive comparative analysis of the Jewish Councils of France (UGIF), Belgium (AJB) and the Netherlands (JR). This allows for a better understanding of the organisational structures and the complex nature of society from which they emerged in order to re-examine their key role in the fate of the Jewish communities they represented.  

Maria Ferenc Piotrowska

Yad Vashem

Maria Ferenc Piotrowska, PhD candidate at the Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw, “Sources and meanings of information in  the Warsaw Ghetto”

Maria Ferenc Piotrowska is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw. Her dissertation is about sources and meanings of information in  Warsaw Ghetto. She is an editor of two volumes (on radio monitoring and on Jewish social aid in Warsaw ghetto) in full publication of Ringelblum Archive project, Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw. She was also one the curators of the Holocaust Gallery in the recently opened Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.

Marta Zawodna

Center for Holocaust Studies at the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich

Marta Zawodna, postdoctoral researcher, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland, Institute of Sociology, "Ways of handling the remains of Dachau camp victims in a comparative perspective. Content analysis of press articles published from the liberation of the camp to the sixties"

Marta Zawodna is a historian and sociologist working as project coordinator at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Her works are devoted to the Holocaust  and its postwar consequences, especially the afterlife of camps and the ways of handling the remains of concentration camp victims.

Rachel O'Sullivan

Center for Holocaust Studies at the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich

Rachel O'Sullivan, PhD student University of Edinburgh, "Drang nach Osten: The Volksdeutschen and the Nazi Colonial Campaign in Poland, 1939-1943"

Rachel O'Sullivan is a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. The current working title of her dissertation is "Drang nach Osten: The Volksdeutschen and the Nazi Colonial Campaign in Poland, 1939-1943." Her dissertation focuses on a current historical debate which examines continuities and similarities between the Nazi regime and violence in Poland and European colonialism and colonial genocide. It uses the Nazi resettlement of the Volksdeutschen (ethnic Germans) as a case study and it investigates various aspects both before and during the resettlement which contributed to the escalation of violence in occupied areas.

Raquel Stepak

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Raquel Stepak, researcher at the Laura Schwarz Kipp Center for Hebrew Literature and Culture, Tel-Aviv University, "There Are No Black Flowers by T. Carmi: An OSE Home for Child Survivors and Its Literary Representation"

Dr. Raquel Stepak is a researcher in the field of Modern Hebrew literature and Holocaust literature. She began working at the Kipp Center in 2005 and she is currently the coordinator of authors' archives in the center. She completed her doctoral studies at Tel-Aviv University in 2011. The title of her dissertation was "The Community of Hebrew Writers in Eretz Israel and Its Response to the Holocaust (1939-1945)". A book based on her dissertation is forthcoming by Hakibbutz Hameuchad Publishers.

Serafima Velkovich

Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute

Serafima Velkovich, researcher Yad Vashem,  "Locating the personal data regarding victims of the Holocaust"

Serafima Velkovich has been working at Yad Vashem for ten years. She holds a Master`s degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. A researcher in the Reference and Information Department of the Yad Vashem Archives division, Velkovich was closely involved in the indexing and digitization of names material from Eastern Europe in Yad Vashem`s databases. She lectures on the use of Yad Vashem resources for genealogical and other research to various groups. She wrote several articles  concerning different Holocaust related topics.

Mark Zaurov

Yad Vashem

Mark Zaurov, PhD Student, Institut für Deutsche Gebärdensprache und Kommunikation Gehörloser (IDGS), Hamburg University, "a.) Deaf Holocaust Testimonies: Analyse of Video interviews b.) Deaf survivors: Archive sources & structure"

Mark Zaurov was born deaf in Moscow, the former Soviet Union. Together with his parents and his deaf sister, he immigrated to Israel and later moved to Germany. Growing up in Russia, Israel, and Germany, he acquired several languages, cultures and mentalities and developed his language and mediation skills. After he majored in Sign languages, the minors being Education and History, he coordinated the 6th Deaf History International (DHI) Conference at the Humboldt University and edited its proceedings (Overcoming the Past, Determining its Consequences and Finding Solutions for the Present, Seedorf: Signum Press 2009).

Chiara Renzo

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Chiara Renzo (Italy), Ph.D candidate, Universities of Florence and Siena, “The Jewish Displaced Persons in Italian Refugee Camps (1943-1951)"

Chiara graduated (BA+MA) at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy) from the Department of African and Asian Studies, with majors in Hebrew Language, Literature and Culture. She was awarded the “Placidia Coen Memory Award” for her MA thesis on the social history of four displaced persons (DP) camps in Southern Italy, which hosted between 1943 and 1947 almost exclusively non-Italian Jewish refugees.

Ron Coleman

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Ron Coleman, reference and systems librarian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, "Tracing Refugee Assistance Networks Using Case Files"

Ron Coleman has been a reference and systems librarian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC since 2003. 

Ron assists scholars, students, family researchers, and other visitors wishing to use Museum collections to learn more about the Holocaust and related subjects. He has an undergraduate degree in History, Literature, and Philosophy from West Virginia Wesleyan College, and a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh.

Katharina Hering

Center for Holocaust Studies at the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich / International Tracing Service

Katharina Hering (United States/Germany), Project Archivist, National Equal Justice Library, Georgetown Law Library, Washington, D.C., “The Ethics of Access to Case Files Documenting Reparation and Restitution Claims” 

During her EHRI fellowship, she will be working on an independent research project focusing on the ethical and practical challenges of state archives and archivists to provide access to reparation and restitution case files containing personal, medical, and other privileged and confidential information. 

Yurii Radchenko

Bundesarchiv, Berlin

Yurii Radchenko (Ukraine), Lector, Kharkiv Collegium, "Hilfspolizei, Self-government and the Holocaust in Ukrainian-Russian-Belorussian Borderland: Motivation, Identity, Collective Portrait and Memory"

Yuri (Iurii) Radchenko is a Ph.D. Candidate for History. He studied for his MA at the Department of History of the Ukraine at the Kharkiv National University V.N. Karazin. His field of research includes history of the Holocaust, Ukrainian-Jewish relations, collaboration with Nazis in Eastern Europe, and the history of right radical movements in Europe, 1920-1940s. Yuri is a director of the NGO Center for Research of Inter-Ethnic relations in Eastern Europe and senior lector at the Institute of Oriental Studies and International Relations “Kharkiv Collegium”; among other institutions, he has worked for Yahad in Unum. Yuri is an author of several articles on the history of the Holocaust.

Joandi Hartendorp

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Joandi Hartendorp, PhD candidate University of Humanistic Studies Utrecht, "Social imaginaries in French Holocaust education"

Joandi Hartendorp completed a Master of Letters at the University of St Andrews with distinction on the dissertation in 2008. In January 2015 she was accepted as a PhD candidate with the University of Humanistic Studies in Utrecht.

Irina Talevska

Foundation Jewish Contemporary Documentation Center (CDEC)

Irina Talevska (Macedonia), Ph.D. candidate, SS Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje, "Subject, Memory, Narration: Primo Levi and the Holocaust Literature".

Irina Talevska is teaching assistant of Italian Literature at the Faculty of Philology in Skopje, Macedonia. Her Ph.D. thesis frames the concepts of Memory, Subject and Narration in the orbit of the Sovereign Power. It brings to light two divergent hypothesis: the first one is related to memory – uttered by the narrative Subject ̶ as crucial mean of subversion necessary to withstand the concrete manifestations and transformations of the Sovereign Power which we can witness in contemporary societies. The second hypothesis regards the defeat of memory: if we accept Agamben's thesis of the modernity as a paradigm of the concentration camp, than, questioning the reasons of such development of societies, we must observe the possibility that they failed to integrate the knowledge transferred by the holocaust authors.

Anna-Raphaela Schmitz

Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI)

Anna-Raphaela Schmitz (Germany), PhD candidate University of Munich, and research assistant and doctoral student at the Center for Holocaust Studies at the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich,  “Rudolf Höß – Work Behaviour, Interpersonal Relations and Private Life of a Concentration Camp Commandant"

Anna-Raphaela Schmitz is a PhD candidate at the University of Munich (LMU) and is currently working on her research project about “Rudolf Höß – Work Behaviour, Interpersonal Relations and Private Life of a Concentration Camp Commandant". Based on a "praxeological" biography of Höß, the Nazi leadership framework, the principles of behaviour, the social interactions and the networks of the perpetrators in Auschwitz-Birkenau will be analyzed.

Foundation Jewish Contemporary Documentation Center (CDEC)

Alexis Herr has researched, published, and taught courses on the Holocaust, genocide, and Jewish studies. She received her doctorate in Modern European History with an emphasis on Holocaust History from the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University. 

Ms. Herr has held teaching positions at Keene State College and Northeastern University. She is the author of The Holocaust and Compensated Compliance in Italy: Fossoli di Carpi, 1942 – 1952 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) and the editor of Rwanda: The Essential Reference Guide (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, forthcoming, 2018). 

Dominique Hipp

Wiener Wiesenthal Institut für Holocaust-Studien

Dominique Hipp (Germany), PhD candidate at the Graduate School “Factual and Fictional Narration”, University of Freiburg: “Narration of Violance – Reports on Dachau, Mauthausen and Ravensbrück”

Dominique Hipp is a PhD candidate at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg. In her PhD thesis she focuses on the testimonies of men and women accused during Allied, German, and Austrian trials about crimes against humanity in the former concentration camps Dachau, Mauthausen, and Ravensbrück. By using a narratological method for analysing the narration of the defendants she is not only interested in what they are talking about but also how they tell about the happenings in the concentration camps.  

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Andrea Kirchner, PhD Candidate, Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main/ Germany; Research Fellow, Rosenzweig Center Hebrew University Jerusalem/Israel, "Richard Lichtheim (1885–1963) − From Constantinople to Geneva. A Political Biography"

Andrea Kirchner is a PhD Candidate at the Martin-Buber-Chair for Jewish Philosophy at the Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main/ Germany and a Research Fellow at the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History at the Hebrew University Jerusalem/ Israel. 

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Magdalena Kubow, PhD, University of Western Ontario. Formerly a lecturer at King’s University College (Modern Languages Dept and History Dept), currently the Research Coordinator at the Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children at the Faculty of Education (Western University).

Magdalena Kubow earned her PhD (History) from the University of Western Ontario. Her current project involves developing a PhD dissertation, titled “Contemporary Reactions to War and the Holocaust with a Focus on The Role of the Polish-Language Press in North America from 1926-1945,” into a monograph.

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Gergely Kunt Ph.D., University of Miskolc, Hungary

Gergely Kunt Ph.D. is a social historian and Assistant Professor at the University of Miskolc, Hungary. Kunt teaches the social history of Hungary and East Central Europe. His dissertation was a comparative analysis of the social imaginaries and prejudices of Jewish and Christian adolescents during World War II in Hungary as reflected in their diaries. Kunt earned his PhD in history at the University of Budapest (ELTE) in 2013. He has been collecting privately-owned diaries and has acquired numerous unpublished diary manuscripts from the period of the Holocaust and the Communist era. In his new project he explores the worldviews of the generation of Austrian and Hungarian adolescents born in the interwar period through a comparative analysis of the mentalities of adolescent diarists.

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Dr. Ümit Kurt is a historian of the modern Middle East, with a research focus on the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. He received his PhD in Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program, History Department in April 2016 at Clark University. He got his MA degree in European Studies from Sabancı University in 2008 and undergraduate degree in Political Science from Middle East Technical University in 2006. 

He taught in the Faculty of Arts and Science in Sabancı University, from 2012 to 2014. He has been a visiting professor in the Armenian Studies Program at California State University in 2015-2016. 

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Astrid Ley, deputy head of Sachsenhausen Memorial and Museum (Brandenburg Memorials Foundation), Oranienburg, Germany, " Inmate physicians in concentration camps: the conditions in which they lived, the scope for action available to them, and the dilemmas they faced"
Astrid Ley is a historian and a historian of medicine. She is working as head scientist and exhibition curator at the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial. Her principal research interest is medicine under National Socialism and, in particular, medical care in concentration camps. Recently she has focused on the issue of "inmate doctors".

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Olga Radchenko, Associate Professor (docent), Chair of tourism and hotel business, Institute of Economics and Law, National Bogdan Chmelnički-University, Cherkassy, Ukraine. 

Scientific and research interests: Ukraine in the German travel literature, Ukraine in the WWII, Holocaust in Central Ukraine. 

She has received several international research grants, participated in international conferences in Ukraine, Germany,  Latvia, Poland and Russia. In partnership with the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorials Foundation she contributed in preparation of the new permanent exhibition. She took also part in the Workshop “Documents on Holocaust”, held by Federal Archive in Berlin and EHRI in August 2016. 

Center for Holocaust Studies at the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich

Cristina Spinei is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer in German Studies at the University of Iasi (Romania). She studied German, English and European Studies in Iaşi, Vienna, Constance and Regensburg. She published her doctoral thesis in 2011 on Gregor von Rezzori and amongst other things she authored the first monograph on this multilateral writer.

Her fields of study  are social and cultural history of Central Europe and of Bukovina; German literature of the 20th century; interrelatedness of literature, history and politics; representations of the Holocaust in German literature.

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Lidia Zessin-Jurek (Poland), Post-Doctoral Researcher, Polish-German Research Institute Collegium Polonicum, “Free-floating memory: the wartime experience of Polish Jewish deportees to Siberia outside the Holocaust and Gulag memory cultures”

Lidia Zessin-Jurek is a graduate of the History Department, University of Lodz (2006). In 2006-2010 she wrote her PhD thesis at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.  Since 2011 she has worked with the Active European Remembrance Programme at the European Commission, Brussels. In 2012-2013 Lidia was a Junior Fellow at the Imre-Kertesz-Kolleg, Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena, where she developed her project on an Eastern European memory culture of deportations to the Gulag.

Kylie Thomas

NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies

­­­Kylie Thomas is a Research Associate at the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice at the University of the Free State, South Africa. “Amsterdam’s ‘Hunger Winter’ and the Photographs of Emmy Andriesse.”

Dr. Anna Koch

Center for Holocaust Studies at the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich

Dr. Anna Koch, Teaching Fellow in Jewish History and Culture at the University of Southampton, “Suspicious Comrades: German Communists of Jewish Origin between Nazism and Stalinism, 1918-1952.”

Anna Koch is a historian of modern European Jewish history with a particular interest in comparative and transnational histories and the history of the Holocaust and its aftermath. She has received her PhD from the Departments of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and History at New York University in May 2015.

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Hannah Wilson, Current PhD Student at Nottingham Trent University, UK. MA in Holocaust Studies from University of Haifa, Israel. 

Hannah's PhD thesis examines changes to the memorial site of Sobibor Death Camp from 1989 to the present. It explores the reasons for these changes, focusing on topography and commemoration. It will investigate the effect of political developments at national, regional and local levels, as well as of organisational factors. The primary aim of her research is to examine the historical development of the site of Sobibor as a memorial in the context of changing political climates in Poland, in response to the archaeological excavations there which have brought this to her attention.

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Franziska Anna Karpinski has a B.A. in American Studies and Modern European History from the Free University Berlin (2011), and an M.A. in Holocaust and Genocide Studies from the University of Amsterdam (2012, cum laude).

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Roslyn Sugarman joined the Sydney Jewish Museum in late 2005 to guest curate the exhibition for the 60th anniversary of Liberation from the Concentration Camps. Thereafter she was employed to fill the prestigious John Saunders Curatorial Chair, and in that capacity has been responsible for multiple temporary exhibitions, upgrades in the permanent displays, and management of the Collection.

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Viktoriya Sukovata, Ph. D. and Doctor of Habilitation in Cultural Theory.

Viktoriya Sukovata is a professor of the Theory of Culture and Philosophy of Science Department, in Kharkiv, National Karazin University, Ukraine.

She specializes in the subject of the Second World War and Holocaust studies, Jewish and Trauma studies, Cold War and Soviet identity, and published more than 150 articles in Ukrainian, Russian, Byelorussian, Polish, Serbian, Romanian, and American journals.

Ildikó Barna

Dr Ildikó Barna is Associate Professor of Sociology at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) Faculty of Social Sciences in Budapest where she also serves as a Head of the Department of Social Research Methodology. She received a PhD in Sociology from ELTE in 2009.

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Montassar Adaili is an MA student at Manouba University in Tunisia, majoring in history. For his M.A. Thesis, he is conducting a research on the role of women in the Jewish resistance, specifically in extermination and concentration camps. He also works in the field of human rights and particularly women’s rights in Tunisia. Previously, Montassar Adaili worked as an English teacher for various public and private schools. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in English language and literature.


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Sarit Bruno is a research and content oriented, writing professional, with a specific focus on writing and curating digital content: online exhibitions, articles, stories and films.

Sarit has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Bar Ilan University.  During the course of her work at Yad Vashem's Internet Department, Sarit has led the research and curation of "43 rue Vieille du Temple" online exhibition, as well as other stories and multimedia projects. 

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Dr. Mark Celinscak is the Louis and Frances Blumkin Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Executive Director of the Sam and Frances Fried Holocaust and Genocide Education Fund at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He is the author of Distance from the Belsen Heap: Allied Forces and the Liberation of a Nazi Concentration Camp, a work which re-examines the surrender and relief of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in northwest Germany at the end of the Second World War.

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Caroline Cormier is a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at the University of Toronto, where she also received her M.A. in the Department of Geography and Planning in 2010. Caroline’s current research project examines the forced displacement of Jews from their private homes that occurred as a result of the urban planning projects and exclusionary housing policies introduced by the Nazi regime in Berlin in the late 1930s and early 1940s.

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Laura Hobson Faure is associate professor at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University and a research fellow at the Institut d’histoire du temps present (CNRS). Her research focuses on the intersections of French and American Jewish life, during and after the Holocaust. She has recently published Un plan Marshall juif: la présence juive américaine en France après la Shoah, 1944-1954 (Armand Colin, 2013) and co-edited collection of essays on the OSE-Oeuvre de Secours aux Enfants: L’Œuvre de Secours aux Enfants et les populations juives au XXème siècle. Prévenir et Guérir dans un siècle de violences (Armand Colin, 2014, with Katy Hazan, Catherine Nicault and Mathias Gardet).

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Pavlo Khudish, Ph.D. is the assistant lecturer at the Uzhhorod National University at the department of the History of Ukraine (Uzhhorod, Ukraine). His is working on a project entitled: “Jews from Transcarpathia in the migration processes between Czechoslovakia and the USSR (1945-1948)”.

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Irina Makhalova, PhD Candidate, National Research University Higher School of Economics (Russia, Moscow)

Itina Makkalova received a B. A. in History from the Higher School of Economics Moscow (2014), and an M. A. in Modern European History from the Humboldt University Berlin (2016).

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Uta Rautenberg, PhD Candidate, University of Warwick, ‘Homophobia in Nazi Camps’

After completing my Staatsexamen in History and Theology at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster and my MSc in Educational Leadership and Management at the University of Leicester, I am now a PhD candidate at the University of Warwick (Department of History).

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Marcia Ras, PhD candidate, at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, who is working on a project entitled “Argentinean victims of the Holocaust”.

Marcia Ras’ doctoral dissertation wishes to make a contribution to Holocaust understanding by exploring it from the perspective and experiences of its victims of Argentinean citizenship. She has delved in Argentina’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs archives for years and is looking forward to this opportunity for looking into European records on this group of victims with foreigner neutral status.  

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András Szécsényi is an historian, museologist and visiting lecturer.

Szécsényi’s interests focus primarily on the history of the Horthy-era (youth movements, right-wing associations at the universities, and the Jewish question) and the social history of the Hungarian Holocaust.

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Lucas Wilson, after completing his BA in English, summa cum laude, and returning to his home province of Ontario, went on to complete his MA in English from McMaster University. He continued his studies at Vanderbilt University, completed his MTS with a Certificate in Jewish Studies, and received The Academic Achievement Award for graduating first in his program.

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Nick Underwood received his PhD from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in modern European and Jewish history. His research focuses on Yiddish culture in 20th century France, and his work has appeared in French Politics, Culture & Society, East European Jewish Affairs, and Urban History. Forthcoming articles will appear in Jewish Social Studies and Archives Juives, and he is finishing a book project titled “Yiddish Paris: Nation and Community in Interwar France.”

Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute

Dr. Eran Zohar is a Research Fellow at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzlia. Dr Zohar is an expert on armed groups, terror and intelligence and published articles on these subjects in academic journals. He received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Otago in New Zealand. He served many years as senior strategic analyst at the Analysis Department of the Israeli Military Intelligence. His upcoming book is about the arming of non-state-actors across time and place.

Mémorial de la Shoah

Inés Valle Morán (Spain) is an historian, postdoctoral researcher, and academic assistant at the Department of Contemporary History in the Faculty of Geography and History at Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM).

Inés Valle Morán holds a Masters in Contemporary History from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and, in December 2015, she obtained her Phd in Contemporary History at the UCM, the subject of her doctoral thesis being: “Narrative, Writing and Memory: on Primo Levi and the concentrationary experience”.

Jewish Museum in Prague

Dr Jan Láníček is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Humanities and Languages, the University of New South Wales in Sydney (Australia). His will be working on a project entitled: ‘The Holocaust on Trial: Czech Society confronts Crimes against the Jews and Roma (1945-53)’.