Alfred Landecker Lecturer Program: Presenting the inaugural cohort

The program’s mission is to support outstanding, cutting-edge research on the origins, modes of action and aftermath of the Holocaust, and on the social and political transmission of its memory. We have invited applications from highly qualified postdoctoral researchers, from the fields of humanities and social sciences. The four Landecker Lecturers were selected through a rigorous interview process from a pool of 20 applicants.

We are dedicated to investing in innovative approaches to address contemporary challenges facing democracy and the politics of memory. A greater understanding of the events that led to the systematic murder of six million Jews and millions of other innocent victims can help us grapple with these challenges today. With this in mind, the foundation announced the creation of the Alfred Landecker Lecturer Program in May 2020. Over the course of five years, the Landecker Lecturers Fellows are provided financial support, guidance and training.

The inaugural cohort’s research and outreach projects are as diverse as the Landecker Lecturers’ backgrounds: They range from researching corporate culture, forced labor and mass murder at the HASAG armaments company from Leipzig, researching how the Holocaust Migration Regime influences global migration until today, researching Holocaust Diplomacy and the global politics of memory and forgetting, to researching the history of the Holocaust through the lens of a collective biography about four Yugoslav Jews.

Meet the inaugural cohort:

Lorena De Vita

Dr. Lorena De Vita is Assistant Professor in the History of International Relations at Utrecht University and a Board Member of UPEACE The Hague. She specializes in the history of global diplomacy by analyzing the role of the past in international relations. Her project that is supported by the Alfred Landecker Foundation is titled Holocaust Diplomacy: The Global Politics of Memory and Forgetting (2021-2026) and analyzes the politics of Holocaust memory in bilateral and multilateral diplomatic encounters. Using newly-declassified sources, the project will demonstrate that diplomats, museum curators, international organization staff and national bureaucrats were key ‘memory makers’ in the formative decades of Holocaust commemoration within international forums. Beyond simply implementing policy, they shaped it.

Sebastian Musch

Dr. Sebastian Musch is a historian at the Department of History and the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) at Osnabrück University. His research focuses on German-Jewish history in a transnational perspective, Jewish migration and Jewish-Buddhist Studies. His project supported by the Alfred Landecker Foundation is titled The Holocaust Migration Regime: From Past to Present and asks how the global migration was influenced by institutions, concepts, and actors that originated in response to the Holocaust. Which traces of the Holocaust Migration Regime can we find in attempts to govern flight and mobility from the Second World War until today? Also, the research project will shed light on the Bermuda Conference on Refugees in 1943 and the question of Holocaust remembrance in a migration society.

Marija Vulesica

Dr. Marija Vulesica is a historian at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the author and editor of numerous articles and books on the history of antisemitism, Holocaust and Jewish history in Southeastern Europe. Her project supported by the Alfred Landecker Foundation is titled “We call it personality, but It’s actually a multi-layered figure” – Hinko Gottlieb, Aleksandar Licht, Lavoslav Schick, Aleksa Klein. A Jewish-Croatian collective biography. With this she will put the spotlight on the individual and examine the history of the Holocaust in the former Yugoslav regions through the lens of a collective biography about four of the 75.000 Yugoslav Jews who faced persecution and annihilation after the German attack on Yugoslavia in April 1941 – to tell a complex history through individual and yet shared circumstances.

Martin Clemens Winter

Dr. Martin Clemens Winter is a researcher at the Universität Leipzig, previously researching Death Marches and the international prosecution of Nazi crimes. His further experience includes working in historic-political education, curation of exhibitions and shaping commemoration culture at the intersection of science, (local) politics and memorial sites. His project supported by the Alfred Landecker Foundation is titled Corporate Culture, Forced Labor and Mass Murder at the HASAG armaments company from Leipzig. The armaments manufacturers HASAG was one of the most ruthless profiteers of forced labor – up to 25,000 Jews lost their lives in its murderous slave labor camps. The project will research the question how Nazi corporate culture, the use of forced labor and mass murder of Jews were connected – and how these crimes were transnationally prosecuted afterwards.

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