Nicolas Garraud

Nicolas Garraud is a PhD Student at the University of Oxford. His research explores the meaning and significance of humor and laughter in the everyday life of Jews living under Nazi occupation in the Warsaw ghetto. Garraud’s doctoral project relies on the extensive use of first-hand accounts of victims of Nazi policies of discrimination and extermination. Especially, he is working with documents written in Polish and Yiddish found in the Ringelblum Archive, often not published and not translated into the English language, and uses diaries, notes, and letters as central prisms of historical analysis. Borrowing from methodological tools found in the practice of social and cultural history, the history of emotions, and micro-history, he wishes to look beyond the idealized conception of humor as a weapon of cultural and spiritual resistance. Instead, Garraud offers to consider humor as a prism of analysis through which one can understand the fragmentation, hopes, fears, and concerns of a plural Jewish community.