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 five Landecker Lecturers were selected through a rigorous interview process from a pool of around 40 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 research projects of the Landeck Lecturers this year are again as diverse as their backgrounds. They range from research and analysis of war crimes exhibitions organized at the end of World War II and immediately thereafter; comparative and interdisciplinary analysis of Jewish displacement in the British Empire before and after the Holocaust; research on the behaviour of city administrations in Lemberg, Posen, and Warsaw during the German occupation; research on the implications of an increased use of algorithmic systems for the storage, retrieval, and filtering of Holocaust-related content; and analysis of continuity and change in citizenship law and naturalisation practices in the Federal Republic of Germany since 1949.
Dr Agata Pietrasik is an art historian at the Freie Universität in Berlin. Her project addresses the exhibitions of war crimes that were organized at the end of and immediately after the Second World War.
Dr Eliana Hadjisavvas is a historian of migration and displacement, with a particular interest in the British Empire. Her project will offer the first comparative and interdisciplinary analysis of Jewish displacement in the British Empire.
Dr Grzegorz Rossoliński-Liebe is a historian at the Freie Universität Berlin. His project investigates the behavior of the city administrations in Lemberg, Posen, and Warsaw, during the German occupation.
Dr Mykola Makhortykh is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Communication and Media Research at the University of Bern. His project examines algorithmic systems in Holocaust memory transmission.
Dr Nicholas Courtman is a historian and Germanist at King’s College London. His project reconstructs the political, social, and legal history of citizenship law in the FRG in the wake of National Socialism up until the present day.