Current Fellows

Andrii Kudriachenko, Professor für Zeitgeschichte am Institut für Weltgeschichte der Nationalen Akademie der Wissenschaften der Ukraine. 1987 Promotion an der Fakultät für die Geschichte der Taras Schewtschenko Universität, Kiew. 1995 Habilitation in der Zeitgeschichte zum Thema “Europäische Politik der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (1970 - 1991)“.

1995-1998 wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter des Instituts für Weltwirtschaft und Internationalen Beziehungen der Nationalen Akademie der Wissenschaften der Ukrainе. 1998-2000 Experte bei der Präsidentenverwaltung der Ukraine, Ministerium des auswärtigen Amtes der Ukraine. 1998-2000  Diplomat,  Gesandter der Botschaft der Ukraine in Deutschland (in Bonn, in Berlin). Seit September 2000-2008 Abteilungsleiter im Nationalen Institut für strategische Forschung, Lehrer  in der Universität Kiew, Diplomatische Akademie der Ukraine.

Seit November 2008 Direktor des Instituts für Europäische Studien der Nationalen Akademie der Wissenschaften der Ukraine, daraus entstand im Jahre 2012 eine staatliche Institution „Institut für Weltgeschichte der Nationalen Akademie der Wissenschaften der Ukraine.“ Seit 2012 bis heute, Direktor des „Instituts für Weltgeschichte der Nationalen Akademie der Wissenschaften der Ukraine.“ 2018 korrespondierendes Mitglied der Nationalen Akademie der Wissenschaften der Ukraine. Vorsitzender  der  Zeitschriftsredaktionen  „Probleme  der Weltgeschichte“,  Mitglied        von mehreren Redaktionen der wissenschaftlichen Zeitschriften in der Ukraine und im Ausland. Forschungsfelder: Holocaust, Hungersnot in der Ukraine, ukrainisch-deutsche Beziehungen Mitte 20. – Anfang 21. Jh., das historische Gedächtnis der Ukrainer.

Viktoria Soloschenko, Doktorin für Zeitgeschichte am Institut für Weltgeschichte der Nationalen Akademie der Wissenschaften der Ukraine. 2005 Promotion an der Universität für Slawistik Kiew zum Thema «Ukrainisch-deutsche Beziehungen in den 90 Jahren des 20. Jh.». Seit September 2005 - 2007 Dozentin (Lehrstuhl für Geschichte, Universität für Slawistik Kiew).  2009-2012 Lehrstuhlleiterin.

2012 bis 2018 wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin (Dozentin) und wissenschaftliche Sekretärin des Institutes für Weltgeschichte der Nationalen Akademie der Wissenschaften der Ukraine (Kiew), seit November 2018 und heutzutage Stellvertretende Direktorin des Instituts für Weltgeschichte der Nationalen Akademie der Wissenschaften der Ukraine.

Forschungsfelder: NS Kunstraub, Raubkunst, Restitution, Holocaust in der Ukraine, ukrainisch-deutsche kulturelle Beziehungen Mitte des 20. Anfang des 21. Jahrhunderts. Ihre aktuellen Forschungen konzentrieren sich auf der NS Raubkunst mit besonderem Schwerpunkt «Holocaust der ukrainischen Juden und Spuren ihrer konfiszierten Kulturgüter».

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.

Marta Havryshko is a historian of women’s and gender history of the Second World War and the Holocaust. She is a Research Associate at the I. Krypiakevych Institute of Ukrainian Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Member of the international research group “Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict.”

As a Senior Fellow at the Center for Holocaust Studies, she conducts research for her project “War, Gender, and Power: Sexual Violence during the Holocaust in Ukraine”, which examine the typology, dynamics, and nature of sexual violence perpetrated against Jewish women and men by different actors – Germans and their helpers. The project dedicates special attention to the sexually aggressive behavior of the local perpetrators, including members of civic administration, Ukrainian auxiliary police, different partisan groups, and “ordinary people.” It explores how cultural ideas about the body, sexuality, reproduction, ethnic, racial, national, religious, political identity, combatant status, and power position contributed to sexual violence perpetration. The project also considers how ideas and discourses of femininity/masculinity and gender roles contributed to perpetrators’ motivations and strategies for sexual violence and victims’/survivors’ experiences of these processes.

Marilyn Campeau is a historian of the Second World War and the Holocaust in the Soviet Union. Her doctoral research studies the daily life of Red Army artist-combatants through an examination of the drawings they created on the frontlines between 1941 and 1945. As a Senior Fellow at the Center for Holocaust Studies, she conducts research for her project “Facing Europe: Soviet Soldiers in Germany, 1945–1994,” which follows Soviet troops as they traveled and occupied Central Europe during the postwar period. This book project investigates the interactions and power dynamics Red Army soldiers developed with Holocaust survivors and refugees, German citizens, as well as with representatives of the various Allied armed forces that occupied Germany from May 1945 onward.


Judith Vöcker is a PhD student at the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies of the University of Leicester. Her dissertation aims to provide a first comprehensive overview of the German jurisdiction in the General Government and how the Nazi regime instrumentalised it as a political tool in their occupied space. In doing so, she will deliver answers about how Nazi ideologies and racial premises manifested themselves in their legal sphere, how German law was applied and amended over the time of occupation, and how German judges applied the plethora of new regulations in court proceedings and verdicts in the General Government.

At the Institute for Contemporary History, Judith will extensively work with the extensive collection of post-war proceedings initiated against crimes committed by German juridical entities from 1939 until 1945. These sources shed light on the continuities of German lawyers in the General Government and allow to investigate, which legal traditions they followed or if any room for manoeuvre existed within their criminal investigations and verdicts.

Prior to commencing her doctorate, Judith received a Bachelor of Arts in Slavic Studies and German literature and linguistics from the University of Cologne, the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, and the Maxim Gorky Literature Institute in Moscow; and a Master of Arts in Eastern European History from the European University Viadrina and University College London. Her doctorate has been funded, amongst others, by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the United Kingdom, the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure, and the German History Society. Prior to her Fellowship at the IfZ, Judith was a Junior Fellow at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies.

Jonathan Huener is Professor of History at the University of Vermont. His current research focuses on the Reichsgau Wartheland or "Warthegau," and he plans to write the first English-language study of this annexed western region of Nazi-occupied Poland. More specifically, Huener's research will consider the occupation regime's broad and at times murderous Germanization agenda in relation to the Warthegau's unique status as an experimental field for National Socialist policy, for it was in this alleged Mustergau that renaming villages, deporting Poles, planting trees, building roads, incarcerating priests, and killing Jews were all part of a larger Volkstumskampf to assert German racial superiority and German dominance in the future.

The project is based on three main propositions. First, it proposes that among the various Reichsgaue established in territories annexed to Nazi Germany, the Wartheland was unique with respect to its size, demographic composition, and especially the role it was to play in the Third Reich both during and after the war. Second, this study will argue that the structure and governance of the Warthegau facilitated the rapid, radical, and even murderous application of Nazi ideological goals. Third, it emphasizes that the Germanization program in the Warthegau was founded on Nazi racial ideology, but implemented broadly, encompassing not only "racial" population policies (immigration, deportation, mass killing), but also policies to transform the region's culture, economy, and infrastructure.

Huener has published articles on memory and commemoration at Auschwitz, Polish-Jewish relations, and the churches under National Socialism. Co-editor of three volumes on the history of National Socialist Germany, he is also the author of Auschwitz, Poland, and the Politics of Commemoration, 1945-1979, which was awarded the 2004 Orbis Books Prize in Polish Studies from the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, and The Polish Catholic Church under German Occupation: The Reichsgau Wartheland, 1939-1945, which appeared with Indiana University Press in 2021.

Winson Chu is Associate Professor of Modern Central European History at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. As a Humboldt Research Fellow from March 2020 to August 2021 at the Center for Holocaust Studies, Dr. Chu is working on how locals serving in the Kriminalpolizei (German Criminal Police, Kripo) in the Central Polish city of Łódź/Litzmannstadt facilitated the Holocaust.

This work engages three interrelated aspects: the Kriminalpolizei as an organization of persecution, the continuing networks between the Łódź Ghetto and the rest of the city, and Germanization in occupied Poland. This integrated perspective reframes occupied Łódź as one city and follows interethnic ties across the interwar, war, and postwar periods. Dr. Chu completed his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley and was awarded the annual Fritz Stern Dissertation Prize given by the Friends of the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC. His monograph, The German Minority in Interwar Poland, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2012 and received a Fraenkel Prize commendation by the Wiener Library in London.

Dr. Chu is also the co-author of “A Sonderweg through Eastern Europe? The Varieties of German Rule in Poland during the Two World Wars,” which appeared in the September 2013 volume of German History and which was awarded the Article Prize of the German History Society. In 2017, he published “From Łódź to Litzmannstadt: German Pasts and Holocaust Sites in Post-Communist Poland” in Holocaust and Genocide Studies.