Research Users Advisory Committee

Key to the success of EHRI will be to engage with researchers working in the field of Holocaust research, to understand their research practices, and to ensure that their requirements are fully understood and incorporated into the resulting infrastructure.

To that end the project has a team (work package 16) devoted to working with researchers within and outside of educational institutions. In addition to conducting interviews and surveys this team has established a Research Users Advisory Committee that will provide comment and feedback as the requirements for the project are developed. See who the members of the Committee are.

The Research Users Advisory Committee will help to:

  • identify and analyse scholarly research practices and the use of archival materials in the area of holocaust studies;
  • identify and analyse digital methods and research practices and how these might support and enhance research in holocaust studies;
  • identify and analyse modes of archival support provided for researchers using holocaust archives;
  • synthesise our analyses and develop a set of data and functional requirements to guide the technical development of the EHRI research infrastructure.

If you have any questions about the Research Users Advisory Committee, please mail Petra Links.

We are very pleased to present the members of the Research Users Advisory Committee:

Daniel Blatman is Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Head of the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry. He has published various articles and books on the history of Polish Jewry in the 20th century, the Jewish labor movement in Eastern Europe and on Nazi extermination policy, among them: For our Freedom and Yours: The Jewish Labor Bund in Poland 1939-1945 (2003), En Direct du Ghetto. La presse clandestine juive dans le ghetto de Varsovie (2005), and The Death Marches, The Final Phase of Nazi Genocide (2011).

Tal Bruttmann is a French historian specializing in the Holocaust and the various anti-Jewish policies (French and German) implemented in France between 1940-1944. He is the author of Au bureau des affaires juives. L'administration française et l'application de la législation antisémite (1940-1944) (La Découverte, 2006) and La logique des bourreaux 1943-1944 (Hachette Littératures, 2003). Bruttmann wrote in collaboration with Laurent Joly La France antijuive de 1936. L’agression de Léon Blum à la Chambre des deputes (Éditions des Équateurs, 2006). Between 2001-2010 Bruttmann was a researcher for the City of Grenoble, on a project about the ‘Aryanization’ in the area during the war. He is currently finishing his PhD on the Milice française (French militia) at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris.

Stefania Elena Carnemolla is an Italian freelance researcher and journalist specialized in foreign and defense issues, conflicts, war crimes and crimes against humanity. She took her degree in Humanities at Pisa University. She held scholarships at the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian and other Portuguese institutions. She has published both academic and journalistic articles and two books. In 2008, she was selected by the Italian Ministry of Defense and the Federazione Nazionale della Stampa Italiana for a theoretical and practical training course for journalists and media personnel working in war areas. In 2008 her reportage on the Library of the Jewish Community of Rome looted by the SS in 1943, received special mention at the International Journalism Award of the Republic of San Marino. Since 2009 her research focuses on Holocaust studies as well as on Nazi crimes in Belarus against Italian prisoners of war and the Jewish community of Glubokoe. In 2010 her work L'eccidio di Glubokoje (photographs, videos, text) on Nazi crimes (1943-1944) against the Jewish community of Glubokoe (Belarus), and Italian prisoners of war slaughtered in the nearby camps was retained due to its importance for the Auschwitz Prize of 2009-2010. In autumn 2011 she was admitted to a three-day seminar, organized by the Ordine dei Giornalisti della Lombardia and the International Criminal Court in the Hague, for journalists who are specialized in foreign affairs, justisce issues and war crimes.

Tim Cole is a Senior Lecturer in Social History at the University of Bristol. He is interested in social histories of the Holocaust, in particular in Hungary (Traces of the Holocaust, 2011), the representation of the Holocaust, in particular in museums and memorials (Images of the Holocaust / Selling the Holocaust, 1999) and geographies of the Holocaust (Holocaust City, 2003) He is currently working with an international research group on mapping and visualizing the Holocaust using GIS and writing a new book on Holocaust Landscapes.

Ivan Dereiko is a researcher specializing in the history of Ukraine during World War II. He received his PhD for his thesis Local military Formations of German Armed Forces at the territory of the Reichskommissariat of Ukraine (1941-1944) from the National University ‘Kiev-Mohyla Academy’ in 2006. Dereiko works at the Institute of History of Ukraine of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, in the Department of History of Ukraine during World War II. He became a student at the Humanities Faculty of the National University ‘Kiev-Mohyla Academy’ in 1995 and obtained his Master’s degree in History in 2001.

Geraldien von Frijtag Drabbe Künzel has been a researcher at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies in the Netherlands and currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of History at the University of Utrecht. She is the recipient of several awards including research fellowships from the Gerda Henkel Stiftung in Germany and the International Institute for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem. Her field of interest encompasses fascist ideology, German occupation policy, the Holocaust and ethnic cleansing in 20th century Europe. She is the author of the book, Het Geval Calmeyer (2008), which deals with the Holocaust in the occupied Netherlands and, more specifically, the application of racial laws and regulations in that country. She is also the author of several scholarly articles in Dutch, English and other languages. Her current research project examines the Dutch participation in the Germanization project in the occupied East.

Attila Gidó is research fellow at the The Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. His research fields are: the history of the Transylvanian Jews after WWI, the reconstruction of the Transylvanian and Romanian Jewish community after the Holocaust, the Zionist movement in Transylvania, the history of Jewry of Cluj and genealogy. Gidó is the author of School Market and the Educational Institutions in Transylvania, Partium and Banat between 1919 and 1948 (read more >>, 2011) and in 2010 he published with Zsuzsa Sólyom The Surviving Jewish Inhabitants of Cluj, Carei and Oradea. The Survey of the World Jewish Congress in 1946 (read more >>). In 2009 Gidó presented On Transylvanian Jews. An Outline of a Common History (read more >>). More information about Atilla Gidó, click here.

Arnon Hershkovitz is a genealogist with special expertise in Jewish Genealogy and in online-based research. He started his genealogy research in 1999, and is the founder and the leader of the 'Israeli Family Roots Forum', the main communication channel in Hebrew for hundreds of genealogists in Israel and world-wide. He has been instructing, consulting, publishing, and blogging within the field of genealogy. He served as the Head Genealogy Adviser of the Israeli production of the BBC programme Who Do You Think You Are?. Arnon holds a Ph.D. in Science Education (Tel Aviv University, Israel), an M.A. in Applied Mathematics, and a B.A. in Mathematics and Computer Science (both from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology). Currently, he is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Learning Sciences & Technology department in Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, MA). Read more >>

Daan Hertogs is an archivist specializing in the administration of the Holocaust in archives of the Concentration Camp Westerbork (1939-1945). He is conducting research for a PhD at the University of Amsterdam and is connected to NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies as an associated researcher (read more >> ). In the past twenty years Hertogs has fulfilled management positions at several archival institutions and he is currently Head of Document Management and Archiving at the City Archives of Breda (The Netherlands).

László Karsai is Professor of History at the University of Szeged in Hungary, Director of the Holocaust Center of the Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives and Head of the Yad Vashem Research Group in Hungary. He was scientific adviser for the Holocaust Documentation Center in Budapest during 2003-2004. Professor Karsai is the editor of The Hungarian Quisling-government: Döme Sztójay and His Associates before the People's Court, which he published in collaboration with Dr. Judit Molnár (Paěrhuzamos Archiĕvum, 2004). He is also the author of Holokauszt (Pannonica K., 2001) and the editor of The Welcomers: Writings against Anti-Semitism 1882-1993 (Aura K., 1993). Professor Karsai received a PhD in History from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences for his thesis The Gypsy Problem in Hungary 1919-1945: Toward the Gypsy Holocaust (Cserépfalvi K., 1992).

Paul A. Levine is Associate Professor (Docent) in Holocaust history at Uppsala University's 'Hugo Valentin Centrum'. He has published extensively on Sweden and the Holocaust, Swedish neutrality, Holocaust pedagogy and related subjects. He recently published an extensive study of Swedish diplomacy in Budapest, Raoul Wallenberg in Budapest; Myth, History and Holocaust. He is co-author, with Stéphane Bruchfeld, of the book Tell ye Your Children; A book about the Holocaust 1939- 1945. It has been translated into a score of languages and was widely distributed by numerous European governments. He was assistant academic advisor to the Stockholm International in 2000 and 2004, hosted by the Swedish government. He has also served as an ad hoc advisor both to the government and to several government agencies on Holocaust related issues.

Leslie Marko, Peruvian living in Brazil, is a Director and Theatre Educator. She has a Master’s degree in Performing Arts about Theater and collective creation as a way of humanizations and visibility of workers within companies and organizations. Currently developing her doctoral research (PhD), at the University of São Paulo, about Theatre during the Holocaust as a way of spiritual resistance. Marko’s research is about the Yiddish theater rescue to preserve Jewish identity and the anti-Hitler theater as a way of denunciation, in ghettos and concentration camps. She is interested in valuing the theatrical performances and its unique aesthetics, shaped by artistic practices created in such adverse conditions and the effort to keep alive a community collective reference and to preserve the Jewish culture. Marko intends to emphasize how a theatrical work was a means of rescuing Jewish oral memories as well as a universal text performed before the war. The Jewish theater director Sami Feder who created the KZ Theater in Bergen Belsen, has her special attention. Additionally she plans to study the dramaturgy based in traumatic realities created at the ghettos and concentrations camps as a way of identification between actors and audience in their search to preserve dignity and humanity.

Jakub Nowakowski is a historian and the director of the Galicia Jewish Museum in Kraków, Poland, since 2010. He is the curator and author of a number of exhibitions and publications related to pre-war and wartime Kraków and Lviv. His exhibition credits include Fighting for Dignity: Jewish Resistance in Kraków (2009) and A City Not Forgotten: Memories of Jewish Lwów and the Holocaust (2010). Selected publications include A Map of Jewish Kazimierz (2008) and A Guide to Oskar Schindler's Kraków (2010). His research mainly focuses on the various aspects of active and passive Jewish resistance in occupied Poland.

Verena Pawlowsky studied History and German Language and Literature at the University of Vienna and the Freie Universität Berlin. Her research, teaching and publications focused on: illegitimacy in the 18th and 19th century, austrofascism, history of associations, and history of disabled veterans in the 20th century. Concerning the history of Nationalsozialismus (NS) she focuses on research into expropriation and restitution. She was part of the Historikerkommission (Historical Commission of the Republic of Austria) and project leader of various projects on confiscated state property during the Nazi era, commissioned by Austrian federal and regional administrative bodies. She set up the online platform Documents of National Socialism: Expropriation, Restitution and Compensation (

Rosa Pérez Zancas is Assistant Lecturer in the German Section of the Department of English and German, University of Barcelona, where she lectures on German 20th-century literature, Holocaust literature, and German literature of Humanism to Classicism and German History and Culture. Rosa Pérez Zancas received her PhD in German Literature from the University of Barcelona and is a member of the research group 'Power and Fragility of Memory: Narrative and Literary History in Spanish-German Relationships'. She is co-editor of the Anuari de Filologia - Literatures Contemporànies and in 2011 she was awarded the Universitat de Barcelona PhD distinction for her doctoral thesis Dialogizität und literarische Intertextualität zum Schreiben über den Holocaust: Ruth Klüger. Her research focuses on 20th-century literature, Holocaust literature, German post dramatic theatre, literature by women writers, intertextuality, polyphony and dialogicity in contemporary texts. She has published on the work of authors such as Ruth Klüger, Martin Walser and Rimini Protokoll.

Leibl Rosenberg was born in a German Displaced Persons camp on January 27, 1948, as a child of Polish Holocaustsurvivors. He went to primary school and Gymnasium in Munich, and went on to study Judaism, Bible and Archaeology at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem and Linguistics, German Literature and American Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, finishing with an MA degree in Linguistics. Whilst working for German radio, television and different newspapers, he engaged himself in Jewish community work and different Jewish institutions and organizations. Leibl Rosenberg has published many books, essays and articles, and has given many lectures on different subjects ranging from literature to history and Judaism. After moving to Nuremberg he took up the job at the Municipal Library of Nuremberg of researching, cataloguing and restituting a collection of about 10,000 books in 26 languages, looted by the infamous Nazi-leader Julius Streicher and his accomplices from their different victim groups in more than 400 places all over Europe. Quite a number of books could still be restituted to their former owners or their legal successors in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Gt. Britain, U.S.A., Canada and Israel. Read more >>.

Leon Saltiel is a PhD 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. Leon was a Fulbright Scholar at Georgetown University, earning a Master's degree in foreign service, and he holds a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from the University of Macedonia. Leon has been named a Marshall Memorial Fellow of the German Marshall Fund, a Junior Fellow in Diplomacy of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy and a Student Honoree of the American Academy of Achievement.

Laurence Schram participated in the creation and design of the original Jewish Museum of Deportation and Resistance in Belgium. This museum was opened in Mechelen in 1996 in former barracks that were used by the Nazi's as an assembly camp. Since then Laurence has worked for the museum, now called Kazerne Dossin, and has been responsible for the historical archives and documentation. She also played an important role in the planning of the renovation of the Belgian pavilion in Auschwitz-Birkenau in 2006. She is currently involved in the creation of the new Kazerne Dossin, Memorial, Museum and Documentation Centre on Holocaust and Human Rights, that will open its doors in December 2012. Laurence is in the process of completing her PhD thesis on the Assembly Camp in Malines, at the Université libre de Bruxelles (U.L.B.), under the guidance of Pieter Lagrou.

Carla Shapreau is a Research Associate at the Institute of European Studies and a member of the Adjunct Faculty in the School of Law, University of California, Berkeley. Ms. Shapreau is engaged in academic research regarding music-related losses during the Nazi Era, including, but not limited to, musical manuscripts, printed music, and musical instruments. Ms. Shapreau has written and lectured broadly regarding cultural property issues and a summary of her background can be found here.

Maarten-Jan Vos is a historian specializing in the Holocaust. Vos is conducting research on the looted Jewish real estate in the Netherlands during WW II. This project is initiated and coordinated by the Centraal Joods Overleg(CJO) en Stichting Platform Israel (SPI). From 2007 until 2011 Vos worked at the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam. He was involved in the development of the Community Jewish Digital Monument and in the gathering of interviews for the Survivors of the Shoah Foundation. Vos received an MA in History from the Utrecht University in 1999.

Ute Wrocklage is trained as an art teacher and received a Master's Degree in Art and History from the University of Oldenburg, Germany. As an art and photo historian, she has worked on numerous exhibitions in the areas of memorial culture and photographic history, and has organized leading historical-political study tours. Wrocklage's research focuses on photography as a historical source and the history of photography, in particular the history of photographs of concentration camps. She is the author of 'KZ-Fotografien als historisch Quelle' published in Oliver von Wrochem ed., Das KZ Neunengamme und seine Aussenlager (Berlin, 2010), and 'Das SS-Fotoalbum des Frauen-Konzentrationslagers Ravensbrück' published in Simone Erpel ed., Im Gefolge der SS: Aufseherinnen des Frauen-KZ Ravensbrück (Berlin, 2010).