Current Fellows

Paweł Machcewicz, historian, professor at the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw; 2008-2017 – founding director of the  Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk; he has taught at the Warsaw University and the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń and was a co-founder of the Institute of National Remembrance, in 2000-2006 he was director of its research and education branch. The goal of his project “Poland in the 1950s and 1960s: Communism, Nationalism, Antisemitism, and Political Uses of History” is to analyze the ideological evolution of the Communist system in Poland from the peak of the Stalinist regime in the early 1950s until the end of Władysław Gomułka`s era in 1970, against the background of other Communist countries. The most significant ideological trend in this period was a strong and almost steady shift towards seeking nationalist legitimization, exploitation of themes from the national past and, in the 1960s, antisemitism, which eventually became one of the crucial elements of the language and imaginarium of the Polish communists. In 1967-1968 this process led to the antisemitic campaign organized by the ruling party, but supported by a significant part of the population. A parallel phenomenon – after 1956 – was the growing importance of the anti-German rhetoric.

Nataliia Ivchyk is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Sciences at Rivne State University of Humanities in Ukraine. Since May 2022, she has been supported by the Endowment Fund at the Department of Russian and East European Studies of the Institute of Intranational Studies (Prague, Czech Republic.)

In July 2022, Dr. Ivchyk is a Fellow of the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure. Research project “Disgraced Worlds: Jewish Families during the Holocaust.” She has held a few international fellowships. She has been a Fellow of the Initiative on Ukrainian-Jewish Shared History and the Holocaust in Ukraine at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USA, 2017-2018.) She has conducted her research project, “Ghettos in the General District of Volhynia-Podolia in Memories of Jewish Victims and Neighbors,” at the Moshe Mirilashvili Center for Research on the Holocaust in the Soviet Union, Yad Vashem (Israel, 2018.) Research project: “Life and Agony of the Jews in the Rivne Ghetto: Reconstructing Women’s Experiences,” at the Institute of International Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences (Prague Civil Society Center and Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.) Research Project: “Holocaust in Volhynia and Podolia General District,” and at the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (Germany, 2021), she has worked on the research project “Gender and Everyday Life in Volhynia and Podolia Jewish Ghettos.” 

Kathrin Janzen is a historian and doctoral candidate at the Institute for Contemporary History at Vienna University. She holds a Bachelor degree in History from Humboldt-University in Berlin and a Master degree in Holocaust and Genocide Studies from the University of Amsterdam.

In her dissertation project titled “Soziale Verflechtungen innerhalb eines Täterkollektivs – Familiäre und private Beziehungen zwischen Tatbeteiligten der nationalsozialistischen ‚Euthanasie‘-Morde“ (working title) she examines social structures and networks within the collective of male and female perpetrators of the National Socialist murder of people with disabilities. The project emphasises the overlapping of professional, institutional and private social relationships between the perpetrators. In her work, Kathrin Janzen analyses how those relationships have affected the organisation and execution of the mass murder, how it influenced the perpetrators’ participation in the killing and how it shaped professional and structural continuities after 1945. Furthermore, her dissertation aims to contribute to the general research of perpetrators of mass crimes

Yurii Kaparulin Director of Raphael Lemkin Center for Genocide Studies, Associate Professor in the Department of National, International Law and Law Enforcement of the Faculty of Business and Law of Kherson State University.

Yurii Kaparulin studies the history and law of Eastern Europe with a particular interest in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Human Rights and Crimes against Humanity, Political repression in the Soviet Union and World War II. The results of his research have been published in publications such as The Ideology and Politics Journal, Colloquia Humanistica, City History, Culture, Society, as well as popular media such as BBC News Ukraine. In 2018-2019 he was a research fellow at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (Initiative on Ukrainian-Jewish Shared History and the Holocaust in Ukraine), and later in 2019 at Yahad-In Unum (Paris, France). Dr. Kaparulin is currently working on a monograph “Between Soviet Modernization and the Holocaust: Jewish Agrarian Settlements in the Kherson Region, 1924-1947.” In 2021, he continued his research work during a fellowship in Bucharest, Romania (New Europe College). Also, together with Les Kasyanov (photographer, director, member of the Yahad-in Unum expeditions), Yurii is a co-author of the documentary films "Kalinindorf" (2020) and "Unknown Holocaust" (2021).

Hana Green is a Doctoral Candidate in History at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University. She holds a BA in History with a certificate in Holocaust Studies from the University of Florida and an MA in Holocaust studies from the University of Haifa.

Green’s dissertation project examines passing as a Jewish response to persecution and considers the varied experiences of Jewish women who passed across Europe as a wartime survival mechanism. Centering the experiences and identity transformations of Jewish passers, Green’s project considers the broader phenomenon of passing during the Holocaust and explores what it meant to pass under the guise of a false identity in extremis. Drawing on diverse cases and tracing Jewish women’s prewar identities through their adoption of false personas, her dissertation assesses the ways in which individuals adapted to an assumed identity, underscoring factors such as gender, identity, and individual agency. Additionally, Green’s project seeks to highlight passing as a distinct mechanism of survival during the Holocaust. 

Green currently holds a DAAD one-year grant for doctoral candidates and will be in residence in Germany throughout the academic year. During her research stay, Green will investigate pre- and postwar Jewish community records, denunciation and arrest records of the NSDAP, postwar restitution and compensation claims, as well as myriad written and oral testimonies and ego-documents. Green’s doctoral research has been supported by several fellowships and research grants, including a Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) Graduate Studies Fellowship, a Hadassah-Brandeis Institute research award, a Leo Baeck Institute Fritz Halbers Fellowship, and an EHRI Conny Kristel Fellowship.