Aktuelle Fellows des Zentrums für Holocaust-Studien

Lovro Kralj is an Assistent at the History Department at the University of Rijeka where he also coordinates the Claims Conference University Partnership Program in Holocaust Studies. He specializes in the fields of fascism, antisemitism, and Holocaust studies with a regional focus on Central and South-Eastern Europe.
In his current project, he examines the impact of antisemitic ideology and policies on multiethnic communities in the borderlands of World War II-era Croatia. By utilizing the comparative approach, he aims to examine both cooperation and conflicting visions on how to solve the “Jewish question” among various fascist movements. He investigates how members of these fascist movements, as well as ordinary citizens, interpreted antisemitism and adapted it to their own agendas, thus producing a variety of competing visions of annihilation. Carefully situating antisemitism into a broader perspective of genocidal policies, Kralj focuses on cases where antisemitism become a tool of competitive nation-building among various Holocaust perpetrators. The results were often a proliferation of novel fantasies of ethnic cleansing and destruction of other ethnic and religious groups besides Jews.

Messan Tossa holds a PhD in German Studies and is a Research Assistant at the Togo State Archives as well as a Honorary Lecturer at the German Department of the Université de Lomé. His current research project "Artefacts of Holocaust Literature in the African Context" deals with literary entanglements between the Holocaust and the Genocide in Rwanda. His starting point is the supposition that poetic, thematic and formal cues of Holocaust literature have passed into the literature about the Rwandan genocide, in order to engage with the question of entanglements of the remembrance of different genocides. Additionally the project investigates the globalisation of acts of genocide remembrance and inquires into the question of the hierarchy of remembrance as concerns the categories of centre and periphery. 

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