Short Biographies

Sara Di Alessandro (29/06/1988)is a speaker at the 21st workshop and a third year Ph.D Student in German Literature at Università degli Studi in Milan (Italy). She is currently working on her Doctoral Research Project, titled “The Other Germany: Study of Opposition, Ethical Legacy and Orphanity during and after the III Reich”, which explores German Resistance and its Ethical Legacy in Art and Literature during and after the Second World War. In particular, she investigates the peculiar relationships between the trauma Auschwitz and the cultural crisis connected with the “inability to mourn” and the post-war guilt in Germany. Since December 2014 she researches at the German Resistance Memorial Center and at he Akademie der Künste, in Berlin. Since November 2015, she is member of the Society for Utopian Studies, joining the 40th Annual Meeting “Global Flows” in Pittsburgh (USA).


Félix L.Deslauriers is a speaker at the 21st workshop and a MA student in the Department of Sociology at the Université du Québec à Montréal. His research interests include sociology of nationalism, racism, conservative and nationalist movements, Marxian thought, and feminist theory (especially materialist feminism). More specifically, his work investigates the mobilization of the language of class struggle in the anti-pluralist and neoconservative discourses in Québec. During a summer school in Berlin, he took an interest in Walter Benjamin’s singular understanding of history as a Jewish and Marxist intellectual in Nazi Germany. He has published on this subject in the online review Raisons sociales. He is currently working on a new paper that will build on Benjamin’s messianic pessimism in order to distinguish revolutionary romanticism from more conservative critics of modernity.


Janine Fubel, born in 1980, is a participant at the 21st workshop and has a BA degree in Cultural Studies and Gender Studies from Humboldt-University of Berlin, where she wrote the thesis about “Aspects of the (Re)Presentation of Masculinities at the exhibition: »Führerhaus«: Alltag und Verbrechen der Ravensbrücker SS-Offiziere.” For her MA thesis in Cultural Studies, also obtained at Humboldt, she wrote about the death march(es) of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Currently, she has a Hans-Böckler-Foundation scholar and is writing her dissertation “Driven Captivity. Relations of Power during the Death March(es) of the Concentration Camp Sachsenhausen.” Her aim is to look at the inherent power relations – stemming from the social order within National Socialism, and in particular the concentration camps – from a historical perspective to raise questions about the possibilities of action within and around the ‘space of violence’. Since 2009 she has also been working as a freelance educator on racism and anti-Semitism with the association Cultures Interactive e.V. Berlin.


Myriam Gerber is a participant at the 21st workshop. She is originally from Germany (Munich and Nuremberg) and moved to Victoria in British Columbia in 2000. She is currently completing an interdisciplinary Master’s degree in Visual Anthropology and Holocaust studies at the University of Victoria. She has applied for PhD studies in History with a focus on the Holocaust in September at Concordia University in Montreal.She is particularly interested in the impact of the Holocaust on local populations and how the legacy of those events has lived on in the memories of individuals and communities across Europe.


Christoph Gollasch, born in 1985 in Northern Bavaria, is a participant at the 21st workshop and studied SocialSciences and Philosophy in Leipzig, Edinburgh and Be’er Sheva. He holdsa MA in Political Science (FU Berlin) and is currently pursuing his PhD at the Centre for Research on Anti-semitism (TU Berlin), financed by the Hans-Böckler-Foundation. For two years, Christoph has been a member of the pedagogical department of the Ravensbrück Memorial. Poltically, he has been active in the non-parliamentary left.


Katja Grosse-Sommer (1994) is a speaker at the 21st workshop. She received a bachelor’s degree from Amsterdam University College and is currently a master’s student in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She is in the early stages of writing her thesis, the preliminary topic of which are interpreters employed by the Nazi regime. She has interned for the Editionsprojekt Judenverfolgung in Berlin as well as at the NIOD Institute for War Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam. General research interests include the commemoration of the Holocaust and its representation in contemporary discourses.


Mateusz T. Jamro is a speaker at the 21st workshop and an enthusiastic professional graduated from Pedagogical University of Cracow and is currently working on his PhD project at the same university. He deals with political policy, civil society and civil education. He has been a participant of numerous intentional seminars and conferences. Former ASF volunteer at Buchenwald Memorial Site.


Borbála Klacsmann is a speaker at the 21st workshop . She received an MA degree in History (2008), a BA in Ethnography from Eötvös Loránd University (2010), and an MA diploma in Comparative History with a specialization in Jewish Studies from Central European University (2012). Between 2007 and 2012 she worked as an exhibition guide and educator at the Holocaust Memorial Center (Budapest). In cooperation with Professor Andrea Pető she organized three international conferences at Central European University and Sabanci University on gendered memories of war and Holocaust memorialization. Between 2012 and 2015 she worked as the program coordinator of the Anne Frank House. Since September 2015 she is doctoral student at the Department of History of the University of Szeged, while at the same time being member of the Hungarian research group of Yad Vashem.


Olga Kulinchenko is a participant at the 21st workshop . She received her specialist degree in teaching English Language from Voronezh State Pedagogical University, (Department of Foreign languages, 2006), and History Teaching Specialist Degree, (Department of History, in 2007). She has been working in the field of International Education since 2012, in the capacity of Program Coordinator at Education and Career Abroad Center. From the beginning of 2014, Assistant Pro-rector for International Relations at Voronezh Institute of High Technologies (VIHT) and Specialist at the Regional Center for Oral History (RCOH), which is devoted to research on historical memories and accounts of the 20th century. She presented a paper on “The occupation and forced labor in the memory of the witnesses of history as an example of the Voronezh area in 1942 – 1943” at the 20th Workshop in Minsk and since December 2015 she has worked on an online platform project for teachers and students, based on the website and online-archive “Forced labor 1939-1945. Memory and history”. Her academic interests are Nazi Forced Labor, Child Forced Labor, and Concentration Camps.


Sabine Küntzel, born in 1985, is a speaker at the 21st workshop and studied History and German Studies at the Albert-Ludwigs- Univeristät Freiburg, the Universität Leipzig and the Humboldt-Universiät Berlin. She completed her Master’s studies in history at the Humboldt-Universität Berlin with a thesis on „Self-Made Objects in Nazi Concentration Camp“. This research interest has grown out of her work experience as a student assistant at the educational department of the Sachsenhausen Memorial and Museum. During her studies she did internships at the Goethe-Institut Turin and the German Historical Institute, Washington D.C. and took part in a student project about Berlin Jews who were deported to the Minsk ghetto in 1941-42. Currently, she is an external doctoral student in history at the Technische Universität Dresden under Professor Dagmar Ellerbrock. The working title of her thesis is „A Colonial War in North Africa? Colonial Images and Colonial Thinking inside the German Africa Corps“.


Angelika Laumer is a participant at the 21st workshop and studied Political Science at the Freie Universität Berlin and now does her Phd on remembering and forgetting forced labor in rural Bavaria/Germany. She is a Phd candidate at International Graduate Centre for the Studies of Culture – GCSC, Giessen and she is holding a scholarship from the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation; Angelika Laumer co-directed the documentary “Szukając Emila – Looking for Emil” on remembering forced laborers in rural Bavaria. She presented a paper on commemoration of National Socialist forced labor in rural Bavari at the 20th workshop in Minsk. Her research interests are forced labor, oral history, ethnography, habitus, rural areas.


Grown up in a small village in northern Franconia in Germany, Andreas E. Lehmann (speaker at the 21st workshop ) started 2009 his studies for the Bachelor of Music Education at the Hochschule Franz Liszt in Weimar. Beside his studies he has worked as a French-player in diverse orchestras, leader of different musical choir projects and as a freelancer at Buchenwald Memorial. In his master thesis he concluded the Buchenwald topic and the musical studies by researching the life and work of Józef Kropiński in the Concentration Camp Buchenwald. Planning his PhD on the polish and czech cultural scene in Buchenwald he is currently working as a musical teacher at a secondary school in Gera/Thuringia.


Denisa Nešťáková is a speaker at the 21st workshop and a PhD Candidate in General History at the Faculty of Arts, Comenius University in Bratislava where her research is focused on Arab-Jewish relations during the British Mandate Palestine. Currently she is also finishing her second MA in Jewish civilizations. Her academic focus has been also related to experience of Jewish women during WWII. Last three years she has been a Chair of the Committee of Islamophobia, Anti-Semitism and Hate Speech at the annual Muslim Jewish Conference. Moreover she is involved in several programs promoting interfaith dialogue, tolerance and cooperation.


Robert Obermair, born in 1989 in Upper Austria, is a participant at the 21st workshop . He completed his A-levels in 2007, before moving to Salzburg where he studied History and English. In 2011/12 he took part in the Erasmus-Program at the University of Leicester (UK). After graduating from the University of Salzburg in 2013 he travelled Asia and New Zealand for a year. Back in Salzburg he completed his teacher’s internship and at the same time he started working on his PhD thesis (Oswald Menghin – Politicisation of science in the 1930s and beyond). Since September 2015 he is working as a research assistant at the University of Education Salzburg. His research interests are National Socialism, right-wing extremism, history of science.


Mareike Otters (1984) is a participant at the 21st workshop. She graduated in History, History of Arts and Modern German Literature at Free University Berlin in 2014. She wrote her masters thesis on the visual construction of the Soviet enemy in Nazi-Propaganda. She currently works as an educator for the Educational Services of the Sachsenhausen Memorial and Museum in Oranienburg. Mareike presented her master thesis at the 20th Workshop in Minsk.


Anja Reuss was part of the organization team of the 20th Workshop in Minsk, which focused on: Occupation – Forced Labor – Extermination and is now a participant at the 21st workshop. She studied Modern European History with a focus on National Socialism, genocide studies, migration and history of minorities. One of her research priorities is German occupation policy in Belarus. From 2011 to 2014 she was coordinator of a research project at the Humboldt University of Berlin and co-editor of a memorial book on Berlin Jews deported to the Ghetto of Minsk in 1941 ( In 2015 she published a study on the continuities of stigmatisation of Sinti and Roma in Germany after WWII.


Bartlomiej Rusin is a is a speaker at the 21st workshop and graduated in Political Science (2010) and Bulgarian Philology (2013). PhD Candidate in the Institute of Political Science and International Relations at Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland. Scholar in NIOD Institute of War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam (July 2014), Max and Hilde Kochmann Summer School for PhD Students in European Jewish History and Culture (University of Sussex, July 2015). Editor of the book “Among or next to us? Minorities in the literature, culture and history of Slavic nations” (Cracow 2013), author of articles about history of Bulgaria in XIX and XX centuries.


Christian Schmittwilken, born 1987, is a speaker at the 21st workshop and studied Scandinavian Studies and History in Münster, Trondheim, and Berlin and wrote his master´s thesis on concentration camp doctors. He was involved in the research projects Public finances in the Federal Republic of Germany 1949-1989 at the Humboldt University of Berlin and Nazis as Troop Commanders: The War Diaries of Theodor Habicht and Alfred Andersch: Desertion and Literature at the German Historical Institute London. He is currently a scientific trainee at the Topography of Terror Foundation and a curator of the exhibition Conquer and Annihilate: Mass shootings between the Baltic and Black Seas.


Since April 2015 Mirjam Schnorr, born in 1989 and participant at the 21st workshop, is a PhD and student at the Department of History, University of Heidelberg. Her dissertation project, which is supported by a scholarship of Landesgraduiertenförderung, is about prostitution and procuration in the “Third Reich”. She received her M.A. in history from Ruprecht-Karls-Universität-Heidelberg in 2014 and wrote her thesis about the trials against the “Ordensjunker” Franz Murer und Leopold Windisch. Her research interests are the history of collaboration in eastern Europe during World War II, especially Russia and Lithuania, national socialist crimes in the “Reichskommissariat Ostland”, education in National Socialism, social minorities in the “Third Reich” and women’s issues in historical perspective.


Sari J. Siegel is a speaker at the 21st workshop and a PhD candidate in history at the University of Southern California. She is currently a Visiting Fellow at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. She will use her eight-month tenure to finish her research and embark on the writing phase of her dissertation project entitled “Between Coercion and Resistance: Jewish Prisoner-Physicians in Nazi Camps, 1940-1944.” During the 2014-15 academic year, she held several research fellowships (incl. an Institut für Zeitgeschichte-USHMM Exchange of Scholars Fellowship and a Vienna Wiesenthal Institute Junior Fellowship), which supported archival work in Europe. Her article “Treating an Auschwitz Prisoner-Physician: The Case of Dr. Maximilian Samuel” appeared in the Winter 2014 issue of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and she has given papers and presentations at multiple international conferences and workshops.


Izabella Sulyok is a speaker at the 21st workshop and a PhD student in modern history at the University of Szeged, Hungary. Her dissertation project focuses on the implementation of the anti-Jewish measures in the third (Szombathely) Gendarmerie District in Hungary in 1944. She is a researcher in the Hungarian Research Team of Yad Vashem Archives. She held several fellowships (EHRI fellowship, Saul Kagan Fellowship for Advanced Shoah Studies, Yad Vashem fellowship for PhD students) and presented papers at international conferences in Italy, Germany, Poland and the UK. Ms. Sulyok is expected to complete her PhD in 2017.


Helen Turner is a speaker at the 21st workshop and a recent graduate from the State University of New York at Stony Brook where she received as Masters in History specializing in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Ms. Turner’s research centers on Holocaust memory, specifically identified through material culture within the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. Ms. Turner is currently researching topics on memory and representation while residing in Oxford, England.


Tatsiana Vaitulevich is a participant at the 21st workshop and was a participant of the 20th workshop in Minsk. She is a project coordinator of the International Youth Centre at the Nazi Forced Labor Documentation Centre in Berlin Schöneweide. She studied simultaneous interpreting (English, German, Dutch) at the Minsk State Linguistic University, earned her Master’s degree in Intercultural Humanities (major in History) at the Jacobs University Bremen and is currently a PhD candidate in History at Georg-August-University Göttingen. The thesis she is currently working on is entitled “Coming to Terms with the Past. The Return of Former Forced Laborers to Postwar Netherlands and Belarus”. Her main interests are History of National Socialism, Comparative and Transnational History, Oral History, Memory Studies, Nationalism and Migration Studies.