Meet the Fellows

 

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To help ensure that serious study and research of the Holocaust continues even after survivors are gone, the Claims Conference Saul Kagan Fellowships program has provided academic fellowships to Ph.D. students since 2008. Each academic year, seven new fellowships are granted and these newly admitted students comprise a Cohort. In 2013, the program expanded to include funding for Post-doctoral candidates as well. Both Ph.D. and Post-doc Kagan Fellows may apply for a renewal of funding, but only for a second consecutive year. Kagan Fellows come from, and are studying in, numerous countries, and utilize archives around the world.

 

Current Fellows

  • Marie-Dominique Asselin

    Marie-Dominique AsselinPhD candidate, University of Ottawa Marie-Dominique Asselin’s PhD project aims to look at the fate of the Polish Jews at the time of the Holocaust, as seen through the prism of court records.  The research will seek answers to the various ... Read more
  • Tomasz Frydel

    Tomasz FrydelTomasz Frydel examines what has been called by historians as the “third phase” of the Holocaust, namely the attempt by the Germans to destroy the remaining Polish Jews to survive Operation Reinhard in the General Government. These desperate fugitives fled ... Read more
  • Sofija Grandakovska

    Sofija GrandakovskaDr. Sofija Grandakovska holds a doctorate degree in Comparative Literature, obtained from the Department of Comparative Literature, Faculty of Philology “Blaze Koneski”, SS Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Macedonia, and actively engages in the fields of Cultural, Jewish and ... Read more
  • Markus Nesselrodt

    Markus NesselrodtPh.D. candidate, Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg and Free University Berlin Markus Nesselrodt’s dissertation examines individual experiences of Polish Jews who survived Nazi persecution during World War II by flight or deportation to the interior of the Soviet Union. The history ... Read more
  • Mihai Poliec

    Mihai PoliecMihai Poliec is a PhD Candidate in Holocaust History at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. In his doctoral dissertation, Civil Society’s Complicity during the Holocaust in Romania, he examines the participation of civilians in anti-Jewish violence in Bessarabia and Bukovina between July ... Read more
  • Elisabeth Pönisch

    Elisabeth PönischElisabeth Pönisch, PhD Candidate, Institute of Sociology, University of Freiburg, Germany In her interdisciplinary study, Elisabeth Pönisch examines the enforced “relocation” to and life in the so-called “Jews’ houses”, which were established in the course of the “Law on Tenancies with ... Read more
  • Ion Popa

    Ion PopaDr. Ion Popa successfully defended his PhD thesis in December 2013 at the University of Manchester, UK, where he also received his M.A. in Religion and Political Life in 2009. Before starting his Saul Kagan Claims Conference Postdoctoral Fellowship, Dr. Popa ... Read more
  • Chiara Renzo

    Chiara RenzoPh. D Candidate, History, Universities of Florence and Siena (Italy) Chiara Renzo’s dissertation focuses on Jewish displacement in Italy after War World II. Her research aims at tracing the history of non-Italian Jewish displaced persons (DPs) who, between 1943 and 1951, found a ... Read more
  • Stacy Veeder

    Stacy VeederStacy Veeder, PhD Candidate- History and Genocide Studies, University of New York at Albany Stacy Veeder’s dissertation project, The Republican Race: Assimilation, Persecution and Race in France, 1933-1945, focuses on ideas of integration and assimilation within French national life during the interwar ... Read more