Aktuelle Fellows

Gerald Steinacher (USA), Associate Professor of History and Hymen Rosenberg Professor of Judaic Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (USA). Projekt: Forgive and Forget? Catholic Responses to Postwar Justice in Germany and Italy 1945–1950.
Steinacher studierte Geschichte und Politikwissenschaft in Innsbruck, Trient und New Orleans und arbeitete von 2000-2010 als Zeithistoriker am Südtiroler Landesarchiv (Bozen-Bolzano). Seit 2011 lehrt er an der Universität Nebraska-Lincoln (USA). 2010-2011 war er Joseph A. Schumpeter Research Fellow am Center for European Studies der Harvard University (Boston) und 2015 Research Fellow am International Institute for Holocaust Research in Yad Vashem (Israel). 2016 war Steinacher Gastprofessor an der Universität Passau und im Herbst/Winter 2017 Honorary Fellow am Historischen Kolleg (München).

Gerald Steinacher ist der Autor von vier Büchern und neun Sammelbänden zum italienischen Faschismus und der Geschichte des Nationalsozialismus mit Schwerpunkt Erinnerungskultur und Täterforschung. Sein neues Forschungsprojekt untersucht die Haltung der katholischen Kirchenführung zu den Nürnberger Prozessen und ganz allgemein zur „Entnazifierung“ Deutschlands und der „Entfaschisierung“ (Epurazione) Italiens in den ersten Nachkriegsjahren. Warum standen Kirchenführer in Deutschland, Italien und nicht zuletzt im Vatikan selbst den alliierten Planungen sehr kritisch bis ablehnend gegenüber? Wie wirkte sich das in Worten und Taten aus? Was waren die kirchlichen Alternativen, um mit Schuld und Verantwortung nach Weltkrieg und Holocaust umzugehen?


Bob Moore is Professor of Twentieth Century European History at the University of Sheffield. He has published extensively on the history of Western Europe in the mid twentieth century,  including "Victims and Survivors: the Nazi Persecution of the Jews in the Netherlands, 1940-1945 (1997)", "The British Empire and its Italian Prisoners of War 1940-1947" (with Kent Fedorowich 2003), "Refugees from Nazi Germany and the Liberal European States" (with Frank Caestecker, 2009) and his latest monograph "Survivors: Jewish Self-Help and Rescue in Nazi-Occupied Western Europe" was published by Oxford in 2010. He is currently completing work with Johannes Houwink ten Cate (NIOD) on the diary of a Dutch rescuer "Het geheime dagboek van Arnold Douwes: Jodenredder/The secret diary of Arnold Douwes: Rescuer" to be published in Dutch and English, and writing a monograph on prisoners of war during the Second World War.


Mykola Borovyk, Associate Professor of History, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (Ukraine). Project: (Un)expected Enemies: Local Collaborators in the Jewish Survivors Memory About the Holocaust in Ukraine

The project investigates the memory on the interethnic relations in Ukraine during the Second World War, in particular, the memory of Jewish Holocaust survivors about their persecutors among the local population. Representation of attitudes and behaviour of the local non-Jewish population in the Jewish collective memory of Holocaust is often influenced by some common patterns and stereotypes. Obviously, such stereotypes can be traced back to the real wartime experiences and attitudes. At the same time, such generalisations hardly reflect the variety of historical experience and are selective by nature. This project aims to understand how the Jewish communities in the USSR and abroad have formed the language for describing the phenomenon of local collaboration, which factors influenced its formation and what was the distinctiveness of a language formed in different social and political contexts.
The project is a part and extension of his current habilitation project “Memory about the Second World War as a factor of collective identities in Ukraine”.


Iwona Guść holds a PhD in film history from the University of Groningen and a MA in Dutch literature and culture from the University of Wroclaw. She has hold postdoctoral fellowships from the Imre Kertész Kolleg in Jena and the Lichtenberg-Kolleg in Göttingen where she participated in one of the leading projects of the institute on “The diaries of Anne Frank: Research—Translations—Critical Edition”. Between 2010 and 2014 she has worked as a postdoc researcher at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam and contributed to their project on post-war and contemporary anti-Semitism in a global context.
Her current project on Holocaust diaries examines variety of diaries or memoirs written by child victims of the Holocaust and published during the first decades after the Second World War. It looks at the motives behind the publication of children diaries, and at the reactions these publications provoked. By reconstructing the reception of children diaries in 50s and 60s this research exposes how Holocaust memory took shape in the era before the audiovisual turn (television, film and video-recorded testimonies). It focuses on responses of one group in particular: the so-called “generation 1.5”, c.q. child survivors who by late 50s and beginning of 60s entered the adult life and were from that moment able to actively participate and shape the memory culture.


Mathew Turner is an academic historian in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Education, at Deakin University, Australia. He has taught various undergraduate units including the Holocaust and Global Twentieth Century History. He is also a member of the University’s Contemporary Histories Research Group. A former German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) research scholar, his main research interests are the Holocaust and Nazi Germany, German antisemitism and responses to Holocaust denial. He has presented at several international conferences, including the 2017 International Association of Genocide Scholars Conference held in Brisbane, the 2016 German Studies Association Annual Conference in San Diego, and the 2014 Sechstes Doktoranden-Seminar des Fritz Bauer Instituts in Frankfurt. His book, titled Historians at the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial: their Role as Expert Witnesses, will be published by I.B.Tauris in 2018.

Project title: Holocaust Erklärungsarbeit and German Historians, 1960-2000: ‘Hyperaffirmation’ or Historicisation?

His project focuses on the concept of West German historians as Holocaust educators, a role they undertook within research institutes, universities, as independent scholars and public intellectuals, and, critically, as advisors to state and federal education agencies. The research is focussed on a three-part interaction between: an established Federal Republic and its (younger) citizens’ renewed appetite for confrontation of the past from the 1960s onwards; fears of rising antisemitism and right-wing extremism and a perceived social and political need to counter such forces through public education of the Holocaust; and a maturing historical profession increasingly able to meet such needs. In their various roles, historians taught history, wrote scholarship, gave public lectures, testified in Nazi crimes trials, participated in debates, and provided advice on Holocaust education to government. The effectiveness of these engagements – in acting to combat antisemitism and historical distortions, in transmitting historical knowledge effectively, and in positively influencing the drive of German historical scholarship on the Holocaust – will be scrutinised. The project aims to strike a balance between the tendency of some contemporaries to condemn West German historians for failing to confront and detail the worst of Nazi crimes at the earliest opportunity, and to unreservedly applaud the didactic role of compulsory Holocaust education in combating antisemitism and raising historical awareness of Nazi crimes.


Philipp Dinkelaker, M.A. studierte Neue Geschichte, Alte Geschichte und Philosophie in Berlin. Seine 2017 als Monographie im Metropol Verlag erschienene Magisterarbeit "Das Sammellager in der Synagoge Levetzowstraße 1941/1942" widmet sich einem bisher unerforschten Tatort der Shoah in Berlin und dessen Wahrnehmbarkeit im Alltag der damaligen Reichshauptstadt. Philipp Dinkelaker verfasst am Zentrum für Antisemitismusforschung (ZfA) der Technischen Universität Berlin (TU) bei Prof. Dr. Stefanie Schüler-Springorum eine Dissertation zum Umgang mit vermeintlicher jüdischer Kollaboration im post-nationalsozialistischen Deutschland im Spiegel von Ehrengerichts-, Sozialgerichts-, Entschädigungs- und Strafverfahren gegen Überlebende der Shoah in beiden deutschen Nachkriegsstaaten.  Er engagierte sich im Arbeitskreis “Fragt uns, wir sind die Letzten", der speziell für Jugendliche oder bisher wenig mit NS-Geschichte in Berührung gekommene Leser*innen aufbereitete Interviews mit Überlebenden der NS-Verfolgung und/oder Widerstandskämpfer*innen publiziert. Nach seinem Aufenthalt als Junior Fellow am Zentrum für Holocaust-Studien des Instituts für Zeitgeschichte (IfZ) in München wird Philipp Dinkelaker 2018 als EHRI Fellow in Yad Vashem in Jerusalem recherchieren.


Anca Filipovici is a researcher at the Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities, Cluj, Romania. She holds a PhD in history (2013) at the Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj, on a topic related to education and local culture in northern Moldavia. Her currently research focuses on the history of Jews in Romania, interethnic relations in interwar Bukovina, educational policies and the construction of national identity.
During her EHRI Fellowship at the the Center for Holocaust Studies at the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich, she will conduct research on the issue of anti-Semitism as act of disobedience in high schools from interwar Romania. The project intends to analyze youth anti-Semitic acts performed by contesting the diversity of the school medium through violence, and by challenging the above-imposed passivity through political engagement and radicalization.  The archive and the library of the Center for Holocaust Studies hold a comprehensive collection on youth issues and far right movements that will broaden the national perspective, providing a thorough insight on youth policies in interwar Europe.




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