Margee and Douglas Greenberg Fellows


Lukas Meissel

PhD in Holocaust Studies, University of Haifa

Lukas Meissel is a Ph.D. candidate in Holocaust Studies at the University of Haifa, Israel. Meissel earned his BA in History at the University of Vienna and his MA in contemporary history at the same university, where he wrote his thesis on photography of Mauthausen. Before beginning his PhD at the University of Haifa, Meissel worked as an historian in the Jewish community archive of Vienna, as a guide to the Mauthausen memorial, and as a project worker for Yad Vashem in Vienna. He has received many awards, including a full PhD scholarship from the University of Haifa and the 2017 Yad Vashem Scholarship. 

During his time at the Center, Meissel explored the Visual History Archive to find survivor counter-narratives relating to SS photography in order to understand more about the circumstances of the production of the photographs, the intentions of the SS photographers, and what is missing from the perpetrators’ photographic record. He argued that camp photographs were used to create specific images that excluded significant aspects of the camps’ reality. Meissel hopes that by juxtaposing the images taken by perpetrators with the perspectives of victims he will be able to contextualize the one-sided visual documentation of the Holocaust and break the visual narrative of its perpetrators.  

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Irina Rebrova

PhD in History, Technical University, Berlin

Irina Rebrova is a Ph.D. candidate at the Center for Research on Anti-Semitism at Technical University in Berlin, Germany. The working title of her thesis is “Memory about the Holocaust in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russian Discourses on World War II (the Case of North Caucasus)”. She holds a Russian degree (candidate of science in history) and MA in sociology (Gender studies). Rebrova also holds an MA in sociology from European Humanities University and has completed fellowships at the Claims Conference, the Center for Holocaust Studies at the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM).

Rebrova researched the process of remembrance and translation of the memory about the Holocaust in the North Caucasus, South of Russia, during her time in residence at the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research. She studied the mechanism of storytelling by Holocaust survivors interviewed by the Shoah Foundation in the early Post-Soviet states in the 1990s. Most of the Soviet Jews lived their whole lives (or the significant part their adult lives before it could be possible to emigrate after the breakup of the USSR) in the Soviet Union, where the theme of mass extermination of the Jews especially within the internal borders has been silenced. In this context, Rebrova’s research explored the role of these interviews in the construction of social memory of the Holocaust in the Soviet Jewish community and wider in the post-Soviet society.

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Katja Schatte

PhD in East German Jewish History, University of Washington

Katja Schatte is pursuing a Ph.D. in East German Jewish History at the University of Washington. Her dissertation in progress, entitled “‘Don’t We All Have a Responsibility in This World?’ Jewish Women’s Lives and Identities in East Berlin, 1945-1990,” focuses on female Holocaust survivors, memory, post-memory, and trans-generational trauma. 

At the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research, Schatte expands her research and analysis of East Jewish German life to include scholars, writers, teachers, artists, and journalists in the GDR (German Democratic Republic) and post-GDR. She touches on issues such as the relationship between the second and third generations of East German Jews, scholarly and community debates about contemporary and East German Jewish identity, Holocaust memory, and the effects of trauma and exile across generations.

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Julia Werner 

PhD in History, Humboldt University, Berlin 

Julia Werner earned her PhD in History at Humboldt University, Berlin.

During her time at the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research, Werner conducted research for her dissertation project “Photography during National Socialism”, which was also funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Werner used the Visual History Archive to explore the everyday photography of occupied Poland as a valuable source for both the history of the occupation and as an act of intervention, especially in acts of violence, everyday life and the processes of population policy.  

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Jared McBride 

jared_mcbride.jpgPhD in History, University of California, Los Angeles

Jared McBride earned his Ph.D. in History at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2014, where he studied ethnic diversity and mass violence in Nazi-occupied Volhynia, Ukraine, during the Second World War. His work specializes in the regions of Russia, Ukraine, and Eastern Europe in the 20th century and research interests include borderland studies, nationalist movements, mass violence and genocide, the Holocaust, inter-ethnic conflict, and war crimes prosecution. Currently, McBride is writing a book titled Webs of Violence: Occupation, Revolution, and Terror in Western Ukraine, 1941-1944, which explores how and why Ukrainian peasants participated in acts of mass violence. As an extension of his dissertation research, this text sets out to investigate the region of Volhynia in Western Ukraine during Nazi occupation. He has held post-doc positions at Columbia University, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, USC Shoah Foundation, and the Kennan Institute. He is currently a lecturer in the History Department at UCLA. 

During his time at the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research, McBride... 

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