Aktuelle Fellows

Maris Rowe-McCulloch is pursuing a post-doctoral research project called: “Encountering the ‘Other’ at Sachsenhausen: From Nazi Concentration Camp to Soviet Prison Camp, 1941-1950.” It examines the history of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, first as a Nazi German camp during World War II (which held Soviet Prisoners of War, among other groups), and then as a Soviet-run Prisoner of War camp from 1945-1950. The project engages with issues of space and place, violence committed against a variety of different victim groups—including Jews and Soviet POWs—within the history of the Holocaust, and the role of revenge in post-war Soviet-German interactions.

She is currently completing her PhD at the University of Toronto in History and Jewish Studies. The dissertation is entitled: “The Holocaust in a City under Siege: Occupation, Mass Violence and Genocide in the Southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, 1941-1943”. She also has an MPhil from the University of Oxford, and a B.A. from University of Toronto. Her research has been supported by the Association of Jewish Studies Dissertation Completion Grant, the Saul Kagan Fellowship in Advanced Shoah Studies, the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, the Holocaust Education Foundation, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada, among other organizations. 

Cornelia Wilhelm ist Professorin für Neuere und Neueste Geschichte in der Abteilung für Jüdische Geschichte und Kultur der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München. Ihre Arbeit konzentriert sich auf komparative und transnationale Fragestellungen Jüdischer Geschichte und behandelt Fragen im Kontext von Migration, Minderheiten, Ethnizität und Religion.
Sie ist Autorin der Monographien Bewegung oder Verein? Nationalsozialistische Volkstumspolitik in den USA (1998); Pioneers of a New Jewish Identity: The Independent Orders of B’nai B’rith and True Sisters (2011) und arbeitet momentan an einem Forschungsprojekt zum emigrierten deutschen Rabbinat in den USA nach 1933. Vor kurzem veröffentlichte sie zwei Sammelbände: American Jewry: Transcending the European Experience? (2016) mit Christian Wiese, und Migration, Memory and Diversity in Germany: From 1945 to the Present (2017).


Roni Mikel Arieli wrote her Ph.D. dissertation at the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, under the supervision of Prof. Louise Bethlehem and Dr. Amos Goldberg. Her dissertation entitled “Remembering the Holocaust in a Racial State: Cultural and Discursive Aspects of Holocaust Memory in South Africa from Apartheid to Democracy (1948-1994).” She is a member of the 2014 class of the Hoffman Leadership and Responsibility Fellowship program and held a Ph.D. fellowship in the European Research Council (ERC) project “Apartheid - The Global Itinerary: South African Cultural Formations in Transnational Circulation 1948-1990” under the direction of Prof. Louise Bethlehem. At the Present, she is a Scholion postdoctoral fellow, as a member of the research group “In Someone Else's Shoes - An Interdisciplinary Research Group for the Study of Empathy in History, Society, and Culture.”
Here current post-doctoral project title is “Memories of Migration and Migration of Memory: The Transnational History of the Jewish Refugees Deportation to Mauritius (1940-1945).” The project aim is to explore the transnational and local layers of memories of the European Jews deportation to Mauritius in December 1940. It seeks to reappraise the memories of this forgotten episode, and to explore its discursive and cultural formations over the last eight decades in five locales: Palestine/Israel, Mauritius, Great Britain, the US and South Africa. Furthermore, it seeks to reflect on the construction, evolution and circulation of memories of migration. Contemplating recent global immigration crises, it attempts to provide a theoretical framework for exploring the role of local memories and narratives in shaping the treatment of refugees in contemporary societies.


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