Center Research Fellows


Jean-Marc Dreyfus, Ph.D. 

Jean-Marc Dreyfus is a Reader in Holocaust Studies in the History department at the University of Manchester (United Kingdom) and former Director of the European Research Council’s Corpses of Mass Genocide and Violence Program. He has written about the anthropology of genocide, the history of the Jews in 19th-20th century France, the politics of memory and forensic Holocaust studies.  He has received research fellowships from many institutions, including the Harvard University Center for European Studies, the Centre Marc-Bloch in Berlin, the Yad Vashem Center for International Holocaust Studies, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. 

During his residency, Dreyfus explored how Holocaust survivors and liberators discuss corpses and exhumations in 63 testimonies in the Visual History Archive. He argued that while much scholarship about mass violence and genocide has focused on trauma and memory as being products of genocide, there is another direct product of genocide that has not received as much scholarly attention: the bodies of those who were killed. In concluding his lecture, Dreyfus left open the question about the reasons for the lack of discussion of this topic, pointing to several possibilities, including the lack of collective memory framework for such stories to be told.  

His book Looting by Decrees. The Despoilment of Jewish-Owned Banks in France and their Restitution, 1940-1953 (2003) examined the process by which Jewish-owned banks in France were seized during WII, while Nazi Labor Camps in Paris: Austerlitz, Levitan, Bassano, July 1943-August 1944 (2003) unearthed the history of three forgotten Parisian satellite camps, furniture stores that became sites of forced labor during the Holocaust. These works were followed by Friend, if you fall... Deported Resistance Fighters, From Camps to Memory, 1945-2005 (2005), He Called Me Pikolo. A Companion of Primo Levi Tells His Story (2015), and The Impossible Reparation. Deportees, Looted Properties, Nazi Gold, War Criminals (2015). Professor Dreyfus then published The Goering Catalogue (2015) and Pour en finir avec Mein Kampf. Et combattre la haine sur Internet (2016).  

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Geraldien von Frijtag Drabbe Künzel, Ph.D. 

Geraldien von Frijtag Drabbe Künzel is Associate Professor at the Department of Political History, Utrecht University (The Netherlands). She writes and lectures on contemporary European history with particular emphasis on the Holocaust, Nazi-occupied Europe, political violence, and conflict and war in 20th century Europe.  

While in residence, von Frijtag used the Visual History Archive to research Jewish-gentile relations in the Netherlands in the years just before, during and just after the Holocaust. She argues for a re-examination of the so-called myth of Dutch tolerance and advocate for in-depth and small-scale research into individual trajectories of Jews and their ‘emotional communities’. Professor von Frijtag concluded that her microhistorical approach and the contributions of the testimonies add to the understanding of the Holocaust in the Netherlands by bringing Jewish agency back into the story.  

Her latest book, Hitler’s Brudervolk, published by Routledge in 2015 examines the Dutch participation in the Germanization project of the occupied East and the engagement of Dutch ‘pioneers’ in the Holocaust by bullets.  

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Alexander Korb, Ph.D. 

Alexander Korb is director of the Stanley Burton Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Leicester and a scholar of the Holocaust in southeastern Europe. He earned a Ph.D. in History from Humboldt University in Berlin and received earlier research fellowships from Yad Vashem, Simon Wiesenthal Institute in Vienna, and the Imre Kertesz Kolleg at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena.  

During his fellowship at the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research, Professor Korb explored the phenomenon of collaboration, drawing from a number of country case studies in Eastern and Southeastern Europe. He argued that we need to include Jewish perspectives in order to understand collaboration, because Jews knew their collaborating neighbors much better than the Germans did. The Visual History Archive gave him a better sense of the victims’ perspectives, both Jews and non-Jews. 

Professor Korb conducted research for his upcoming book, A Multitude of Lethal Attacks: Collaboration and Mass Violence in Southeastern Europe, 1940-1946. The book will explore how the Holocaust intertwined with ethnic cleansing and civil war, and when and how such mass violence ends. 

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Kiril Feferman, Ph.D. 

Dr. Kiril Feferman is a former Senior Lecturer in the Department of Jewish Studies at the Russian State University for Humanities, Director of Education and Research at the Russian Research and Educational Holocaust Center in Moscow, and current head of the Holocaust History Center at Ariel University.  

During his time in residence at the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research, Professor Feferman gave a public lecture on the underresearched topic of the role of religion in influencing the behavior and decisions of Jews and non-Jews in the Nazi-occupied Soviet territories between 1941 and 1944. Ultimately, Feferman’s goal was to prove that rescuers and perpetrators were not simply fighting over Nazism. Rescuers, he believes, represent tradition and religion, while perpetrators represent modernism. 

He has authored two books since his Ph.D., The Holocaust on the Russian Ethnic Frontier: The Crimea and North Caucasus, and Soviet Jewish Stepchild: The Holocaust in the Soviet Mindset, 1941-1964, as well as edited or co-edited multiple collections on the Holocaust and/or mass violence. His most recent book project, "If We had Wings, We would Fly to You": A Soviet Jewish Family Faces Destruction, 1941-42, is forthcoming with the Academic Studies Press. His article "Save Your Souls: Jewish Conversion & Survival in the Occupied Soviet Territories during the Holocaust", which grew out of his fellowship project at the Center, is forthcoming in Modern Judaism

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Peg LeVine, Ph.D.  

Dr. Peg LeVine is Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne and Monash University in Australia. She received her Ed.D. from Virginia Tech University and her Ph.D. in medical anthropology from Monash University. LeVine has conducted extensive ethnographic studies while traveling with Cambodians to sites of ritual and cultural destruction during the Khmer Rouge genocide (1975-79). Her work focuses on "Ritualcide," a concept that she introduced as the systematic erosion of access to spiritual rituals, places, objects, and physical-metaphysical arbitrators. 

During her fellowship at the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research, LeVine searched for evidence of ritual tampering, breakdown, and targeted policies across place and time that relate to “Ritualcide.” LeVine also used her time in the United States to study the stories of the large Cambodian refugee communities in Long Beach, Calif., and Lowell, Mass. 

She has published multiple books, including Love and Dread in Cambodia: Weddings, Births, and Ritual Harm Under the Khmer Rouge (NUS Press, 2010).  

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