Microcosms of the Holocaust


Geraldien von Frijtag Drabbe Kunzel (coordinator) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political History of Utrecht University (The Netherlands).geraldien Her latest book, Hitler’s Brudervolk, published by Routledge in 2015 (and by Bert Bakker/Prometheus in Dutch in 2016), examines the Dutch participation in the Germanization project of the occupied East and the engagement of Dutch ‘pioneers’ in the Holocaust by bullets. http://www.uu.nl/medewerkers/GGvonFrijtagDrabbeKunzel

Valeria Galimi (coordinator) is Researcher at the University of Milan (Italy). ValeriaShe has just finished on an overall synthesis trying to reconstruct the multiple behaviors of Italians in response to anti-Jewish persecution and the Shoah, to propose a typology of attitudes that encompass a variety of reactions, ranging from denunciation to unselfish help (Sotto gli occhi di tutti, in print). http://www.unimi.it/chiedove/schedaPersonaXML.jsp?matricola=18106

Rachel Brenner is Max and Frieda Weinstein-Bascom Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor of Modern Hebrew Literature at the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has pBrennerublished widely on responses to the Holocaust in Jewish Diaspora literature, Israeli literature, and Polish Literature and has held fellowships at the Hebrew University, the Oxford Center for Jewish Studies, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Institute for Research in Humanities in the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her latest book The Ethics of Witnessing: The Holocaust in Polish Writers’ Diaries from Warsaw, 1939-1945, was published by The Northwestern University Press in 2014. It received the University of Southern California Book Prize in Literary and Cultural Studies. http://hebrew.wisc.edu/

Tal Bruttmann is a Senior Historian at École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris.
He is the author of Au burTaleau des affaires juives: l’administration francaise et l’application de la legislation antisemite (2006) and together with Claire Zalc the editor of Microhistoires de la Shoah that will be translated and published by Berghahn Books by the end of this year. http://crh.ehess.fr/index.php?2830

victoriaVictoria Khiterer is Associate Professor of History, Director of the Conference on the Holocaust and Genocide, Millersville University, Millersville. She is author and editor of five books and over eighty articles in Russian and Eastern European Jewish History. Her book Jewish City or Inferno of Russian Israel? A History of the Jews in Kiev before February 1917 was published in April 2016 by Academic Studies Press. http://vkshalom.com/

tatjanaTatjana Lichtenstein is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin where she teaches courses on modern East European and Jewish history.  Her first book, Zionists in Interwar Czechoslovakia: Minority Nationalism and the Politics of Belonging, has just been published with Indiana University Press. Her next project looks at Jews and non-Jews during the Holocaust in the Bohemian Lands. https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/history/faculty/tl7994

michaelaMichaela Raggam-Blesch is Historian at the Institute of Culture Studies and the History of Theater (IKT) at the Austrian Academy of Sciences with a post-doc project on “Everyday life and persecution of women and men of “half-Jewish” descent in Vienna, 1938-1945”.  Together with Dieter J. Hecht and Eleonore Lappin-Eppel she published in 2015 Topographie der Shoah. Gedächtnisorte des zerstörten jüdischen Wien. She is currently also involved in a research project on annotated sources of the persecution, destruction and survival of the Austrian Jewish population at the Austrian Academy of sciences. http://www.oeaw.ac.at/ikt/de/mitarbeiterinnen/michaela-raggam-blesch/

Leon Saltiel is a Ph.D. Candidate  at the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies of the University of Macedonia, in Thessaloniki (Greece), where he is using local and foreign archives to research the reactions by different actors to the anti-Jewish measures and eventually the deportation of the Jews in Thessaloniki. During 2013-14, he curated the exhibit entitled, “Salonika: epicenter of the Destruction of the Jews of Greece,” at the Paris Mémorial de la Shoah. His article, “Dehumanizing the Dead: The Destruction of Thessaloniki’s Jewish Cemetery in light of new sources,” appeared in Yad Vashem Studies (42:1) in July 2014. http://uom-gr.academia.edu/LeonSaltiel


Joanna Sliwa is a historian of the Holocaust and Polish Jewish history. She is currently Archives Project Specialist at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), in the Archives department. She received in July 2016 a PhD in Holocaust History from the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University. http://www.joannasliwa.com/

veerleVeerle Vanden Daelen is deputy general director and curator at Kazerne Dossin: Memorial, Museum and Documentation Centre on the Holocaust and Human Rights (Mechelen, Belgium) and is associated to the University of Antwerp. She currently coordinates the work package Identification and Investigation for the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI). She has published widely on the migration and integration of Jews in Antwerp from the late nineteenth century onwards, as well as the return and reconstruction of Jewish life in Antwerp after the Second World War. https://www.kazernedossin.eu/NL/ContactPages/Organisatie/Directie

Daniel Siemens is professor of European history at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Newcastle University, UK. He has published widely on European and US history of the nineteenth and twentieth century, in particular Stormtroopers: A New History of Hitler’s Brownshirts(London and New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017); ‘Horst Wessel: Tod und Verklärung eines Nationalsozialisten (Munich: Siedler, 2009, English translation: The Making of a Nazi Hero: The Murder and Myth of Horst Wessel, London: I. B. Tauris, 2013) and Metrople und Verbrechen: Die Gerichtsreportage in Berlin, Paris und Chicago, 1919-1933 (Stuttgart: Steiner, 2007). A co-edited volume on the history of the Centralverein in the 1930s is under preparation and scheduled for publication with Metropol, Berlin, in 2018.  http://www.ncl.ac.uk/hca/staff/profile/danielsiemens.html#background