Aktuelle Fellows

Katarzyna Person (Poland) holds a PhD in History from Royal Holloway, University of London. She has held has held postdoctoral fellowships from Yad Vashem’s International Institute for Holocaust Research, the Center for Jewish History in New York, and La Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah.

She is currently an assistant professor at the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw and the coordinator of the Underground Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto publication project. She has written a number of articles on the Holocaust and its aftermath in occupied Europe, and has edited four volumes of documents from the underground archive of the Warsaw Ghetto. Her book, Assimilated Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto 1940–1943, was published in 2014 by Syracuse University Press. As a Humboldt postdoctoral fellow in the IfZ she is currently finishing a book project dealing with Jews from Poland in the displaced persons camps in Germany.B.A., Geschichte, Yale University M.A., Komparative Geschichte Ostmittel- und Südosteuropas, Central European University (Budapest, Ungarn)


Rachel O'Sullivan is a current PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She has previously received research grants from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), a Fellowship from the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) and she was awarded two McMillan Awards by the University of Edinburgh's School of History, Classics and Archaeology (2014 and 2015).

Her PhD project investigates the possible links and continuities between European colonialism and Nazi expansion in Eastern Europe during the Second World War. The dissertation focuses on the resettlement of ethnic Germans in Poland in order to understand and demonstrate how colonial ideology and fantasies, common to many other European colonial and imperial endeavors, were employed both consciously and unconsciously by Nazi planners and Germans in the Third Reich. The colonial ideology and fantasies were potentially used as a method of strengthening justifications relating to expansion and violence, such as the need for Polish territories to be germanised for the security of the Reich.

The thesis aims to show, through an investigation of the resettlement and the uses of colonial ideology, that the atmosphere of violence which developed in the settlement areas and the colonial-style justifications and explanations for expansion, resettlement, Germanisation and the subjugation of the Polish population were major factors in the origins of the Holocaust in Poland."


Christian Mentel, M. A., Assoziierter Forscher am Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam. Projekt: "Holocaust-Negationisten und das Institut für Zeitgeschichte in der Ära Broszat (1972–1989)", April bis Juni 2017

Mit meinem Projekt widme ich mich dem weitestgehend unerforschten Verhältnis von Negationismus und Geschichtswissenschaft. Zwei Aspekte stehen hierbei im Fokus: Erstens, wie sich Negationisten auf Historikerinnen und Historiker beziehen und von ihnen inhaltlich und argumentativ abhängig sind. Zweitens, welche Verbindungslinien zwischen Zunfthistoriografie und Negationismus bestehen, etwa wenn Historikerinnen und Historiker angesichts negationistischer Publikationen neue Forschungen aufnehmen. Das IfZ als die maßgebliche wissenschaftliche Institution zur Erforschung des Nationalsozialismus und ihr von 1972 bis zu seinem Tod 1989 amtierender Direktor Martin Broszat, der sich als einer der ersten Fachhistoriker eingehend mit dem Negationismus befasste, stehen hierbei im Zentrum. Drei Fragen leiten mein Projekt: Welche Rolle spielte das IfZ für die Negationisten? Und umgekehrt: Welche Bedeutung besaß der Negationismus für das IfZ? Schließlich: Welche gegenseitigen Abhängigkeiten, Aneignungen und Wechselwirkungen bestanden?



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