Aktuelle Fellows

Olga Radchenko, Apl. Professorin (Dozent), Lehrstuhl für Tourismus und Hotelgeschäft, Institut für Wirtschaft und Recht, Nationale Bogdan Chmelnički-Universität, Cherkassy, Ukraine.

Ihr neues Projekt setzt sich zum Ziel, sich mit der Gesamtgeschichte der Nazi-Vernichtungspolitik in den Regionen von Kirowograd, Poltawa und Tscherkassy  mit Bezugnahme auf die „Ereignissmeldungen UdSSR“, die Ermittlungsakten gegen die ukrainischen Kollaborateure und Nazi-Täter, sowie auf relevante Zusatzquellen und kritische Kommentare zu befassen und zu neuen Erkenntnissen zu kommen.

Irina Makhalova, PhD Candidate, National Research University Higher School of Economics (Russia, Moscow)
Irina Makhalova 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). At present, she is a PhD candidate at the Higher School of Economics Moscow, as well as a research assistant at the International Center for History and Sociology of the Second World War and Its Consequences. In frameworks of her work in this Center she have been engaged in several projects devoted to the social history of the Second World War including the Holocaust on the occupied Soviet territories.
Currently, she is working on her PhD thesis on the collaborators in the Crimea during the Nazi occupation (1941-1944) including the question about their participation in persecution and annihilation of the Jewish population in the Crimea. In the dissertation she is going to answer the following questions: How did the collaborators of different nationalities behave toward the Jewish population during the Nazi occupation? What was the difference between policy in Crimean cities and countryside with regard to the Jews? Did the collaborators share antisemitism while persecuting the Jews? Did they help by recognition of the special Jewish groups?

Andrea Kirchner is a current PhD Candidate at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main/Germany and a Research Fellow at the Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her project is entitled: "Richard Lichtheim (1885–1963) − From Constantinople to Geneva. A Political Biography".
She has previously received research grants from the Minerva Foundation, and Fellowships from the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem as well as the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI).
Her dissertation deals with the political work and thought of Richard Lichtheim (1885–1963), one of the more important but so far under explored German Zionists that held various key positions within the Zionist movement before the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. He served, among others, as the representative of the Jewish Agency in Geneva during WWII and in those years his office was a vital center of communication between Europe’s persecuted Jewish population and the capitals of the Western Allies. In Geneva he meticulously documented the events unfolding in Europe, pressed for diplomatic initiatives and was involved in various rescue and relief efforts. One of the main goals of this research project is to examine Lichtheim’s role within the relief and support network of Jewish organisations operating in Switzerland as well as the impact of the Nazi destruction of European Jewry on Lichtheims’s perception of Zionism.

Carmel Heeley, prospective PhD student in history at the Leo Baeck Institute, Queen Mary University London. Project: The Germans, the Jews and the Alps: How Moral Values, Bavarian Traditions and Sport Formed the Personal and Professional Relationships between German-Gentiles and German-Jews in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 1920-1950.

This project aims to arrive at an understanding of how moral sentiments, moral values and fantasies formed the self-understanding of German society between 1920-1950, especially during the Third Reich. Further, how these sentiments, values and fantasies legitimised the inclusion and exclusion of minorities in German society, particularly Jewish minorities.

The focus will be on the Bavarian town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, owing to its belonging to a region that claims a particular relationship to Nazism and more poignantly due its long-standing self-identification with quintessential ‘German’ traditions, landscape and history. It is my intention to engage with the neglected debate surrounding the relationship between Jewry and the concepts integral to this self-identification – notably Heimat and Alpinismus – which, from a Gentile point of view, served to legitimise or delegitimise the place of Jews in German society, particularly during the Third Reich. Analysing the sentiments, values and fantasies that were inextricably bound to such concepts and more widely populated the shared consciousness of Garmisch-Partenkirchen’s (Gentile and Jewish) residents will thus lead to an understanding of how these, as specifically ‘German’ conceptions, played a fundamental role in regional Jewish-Gentile relations and to a certain extent more broadly, in Third Reich society.

Craig Sorvillo is a current PhD candidate at the University of Florida. He has previously received Masters degrees from in history from George Mason University (2011) and in Liberal Studies from the University of Pennsylvania (2009). His current project title is, The Devil’s Advocate: Rudolf Aschenauer, Post-War Justice and Historical Memory.
His dissertation examines the life and career of German defense attorney Rudolf Aschenauer. Aschenauer was the most prolific defender of Nazi war criminals in the post-World War II period. His lengthy career spanned from 1945 until 1981. Aschenauer represented some of the most infamous Nazi war criminals, such as Otto Ohlendorf, Hebert Kappler and Wilhelm Boger. During his trials Aschenauer advocated a completely different version of history; his history was one that argued that post-war trials were vengeful victors justice, while the German people were the primary victims of World War II.
This study ultimately asks what role did justice play in the relationship between the German people and the Nazi past? Also, it looks at why Germany was slow to come to terms with that past. A possible answer to this question posed by this project is, because of men like Aschenauer who consciously tried to undermine the Allied narrative of Nazi criminality. Aschenauer certainly did not operate alone; he was at the center of a vast network, which included German clergy, veterans groups, and radical right political parties. Ultimately, this study is most concerned with the narrative that Aschenauer and his allies attempted to craft concerning World War II.

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