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Holocaust Research Institute

Holocaust Research Institute

The Holocaust Research Institute at Royal Holloway is one of the leading academic centres of its kind in Europe, internationally recognised for its research, teaching, public advocacy and creative work.

The Research Institute’s mission is to promote research into the Holocaust, its origins and aftermath, and to examine the extent to which genocide, war and dictatorship can be understood as defining elements in the history of the twentieth century. It is an international, interdisciplinary forum, bringing together researchers working on different aspects of the Holocaust in areas including history, literary and language studies, film and media studies, philosophy and sociology.

Our achievements

Our core staff and departmental associates include internationally recognised scholars Dan Stone, Simone Gigliotti, Robert Eaglestone, Barry Langford, Colin Davis, Andrea Mammone, Ahuvia Kahane and the late David Cesarani amongst others. In the last five years alone, our staff have published and edited over 40 books with major presses, in addition to contributing to academic journals, conferences and both national and international media.

Since 2007 we have run over 25 national and international conferences and our staff work regularly with the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Yad Vashem, the Imperial War Museum, the Wiener Library, the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure and many other centres for the study of the Holocaust and genocide. Institute staff also present lectures and conference papers worldwide on a regular basis.

Academic research and discussion is at the very heart of the Institute; we organise a variety of events including termly research workshops, postgraduate seminars and conferences. We also run a biennial ten-day residential Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilisation, intended for faculty, researchers and practitioners working in Holocaust commemoration. This is supported by the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University, USA, and Pears Foundation.

In the past, members of the Institute have advised the German Chancellor’s office and the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Holocaust-era issues and combating anti-Semitism. Professor Dan Stone is Chair of the Holocaust Galleries Redesign Academic Advisory Group for the Imperial War Museum, part of the Experts Reference Group for the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, and also part of the University of London's bid for the Prime Minister's Commission Holocaust Learning Centre. Administrator Imogen Dalziel has been awarded for her voluntary services to the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. Furthermore, we hold a long-standing relationship with organisations such as the Holocaust Educational Trust and the Institute of Education.

Our staff are frequently called upon to advise and contribute to the media, including the BBC, Channel 4, The Independent, The Guardian and The Jewish Chronicle. Barry Langford scripted the award-winning short film, Torte Bluma (2005); the late David Cesarani was Assistant Producer for the 2012 documentary Survivors of Treblinka. Dan Stone has recently been interviewed by Al Jazeera for 'The Big Picture' (to be screened in 2017) and by The History Channel for a forthcoming documentary on Adolf Hitler. Professor Robert Eaglestone was on BBC Radio 4 in December 2016, discussing the life of the late Elie Wiesel as part of channel's 'Great Lives' series alongside Hollywood actor Sir Ben Kingsley.

Royal Holloway is the only university in the UK to run an MA course solely dedicated to the field of Holocaust Studies. Our staff also supervise a large number of PhD students, currently working on topics as diverse as post-war fascism, colonial genocide, museum representations of the Holocaust, Holocaust literature, and Israeli foreign policy.

Our graduates have gone on to careers in a wide number of fields, such as academia, not-for-profit organisations, curation, education and the civil service. Many continue to publish books and journal articles, whilst others volunteer for organisations such as London's Jewish Museum, the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, the Holocaust Educational Trust and the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. We welcome enquiries from prospective doctoral candidates.

We research in a range of disciplines, including all aspects of the history of Nazism, the persecution and mass murder of the Jews and other victims of Nazi racial-biological policies, as well as responses to Nazism; gender; Holocaust-related literary and cultural studies, film theory, media studies and philosophy. We welcome graduates in any of these areas, especially students with interdisciplinary projects or with projects that engage with other genocides.

The Research Institute provides a very lively research environment. Furthermore, every January, to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, we hold an annual public lecture, recently renamed the David Cesarani Memorial Lecture in honour of our late colleage, who died in October 2015. Recent speakers have included Robert Jan van Pelt, Ulrich Herbert, Dina Porat, Saul Friedländer, Dan Michman and Luke Holland.

In addition to supervising PhDs, the Institute runs a very successful taught MA programme in Holocaust Studies. It is taught by members of several different Royal Holloway departments and offers a wide interdisciplinary approach to the subject. Please contact Professor Robert Eaglestone for all MA Holocaust Studies enquiries and Professor Dan Stone for doctoral programme enquiries.

For a list of our publications please see here.

In memorium

David Cesarani

We were shocked and saddened by the death of Professor David Cesarani in October 2015, aged just 58. Professor Cesarani was an integral part of the Holocaust Research Institute and its activity, establishing connections with and obtaining sponsorship from organisations and institutions across the world.

Professor Cesarani was a pioneering historian and one of the world's leading experts on Jewish history, particularly regarding the history of the Holocaust. He wrote several books, including The Jewish Chronicle and Anglo-Jewry, 1841-1991 (1991); Eichmann: His Life and Crimes (2004); and Major Farran's Hat: Murder, Scandal and Britain's War Against Jewish Terrorism (2009). His final work, Final Solution: The Fate of the Jews 1933-1949, was published in January 2016.

Professor Cesarani also played a key role in Holocaust education and remembrance in the UK. He was a member of the Home Office Holocaust Memorial Day Strategic Group, which saw the creation of a national Holocaust Memorial Day. He wrote a number of educational resources for use in schools and teacher training, and made frequent appearances on television and radio. In 2005, Professor Cesarani was awarded an OBE for services to Holocaust education.

Our thoughts remain with his wife, Dawn, and his two children, Daniel and Hannah. He will be greatly missed by all of us at the Holocaust Research Institute. May he rest in peace.

Staff

Dan Stone is a historian of modern Europe with a particular interest in history of ideas. He studied at the University of Oxford where he was a Junior Research Fellow at New College (1996-1999) and a lecturer at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies (1997-1999) and has been at Royal Holloway since 1999. Dan is co-editor of the journals Patterns of Prejudice and the Journal of Genocide Research and on the editorial boards of Critical Philosophy of Race, History of Communism in Europe, Hypothesis and Dapim: Studies on the Holocaust. He is on the international advisory board of the International Tracing Service (Bad Arolsen) and is a member of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust's Experts' Reference Group.

Professor Stone is the author of some seventy scholarly articles and nine books, including: Responses to Nazism in Britain 1933-1939: Before War and Holocaust (Palgrave, 2003), Histories of the Holocaust (Oxford University Press, 2010), Goodbye to All That? The Story of Europe since 1945 (Oxford University Press, 2014), The Liberation of the Camps: The End and Aftermath of the Holocaust (Yale University Press, 2015) and Concentration Camps: A Short History (Oxford University Press, 2017). He is also the editor of seven books, including The Historiography of the Holocaust (Palgrave, 2004), The Holocaust and Historical Methodology (Berghahn, 2012) and The Oxford Handbook of Postwar European History (Oxford University Press, 2012).

His next book is on concentration camps, for OUP's Very Short Introductions series (2017).

From October 2016 he will be on a three-year Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship working on a project on the International Tracing Service, the history of the Holocaust and European history.

Research interests
  • the history and historiography of the Holocaust
  • genocide studies
  • history of race theory, eugenics and anthropology
  • the cultural history of the right in Britain; theory of history.
Contact

Email d.stone@royalholloway.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1784 443310.

Simone Gigliotti is Senior Lecturer/Reader in Holocaust Studies. Before joining Royal Holloway, she was based in the History Programme at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (from 2004-2016). She has also held temporary positions at the University of Melbourne, and the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. Having written on a broad range of topics, her prevalent focus remains unearthing and analysing the victim and survivor experience in oral, written, visual and geographical accounts, and exploring how these accounts often intersect with, and differ from, perpetrator, humanitarian and other witnessing perspectives. Her research has also expanded to include studies of Jewish transmigration in imperial interwar and wartime refugee diasporas in regions where she has taught and lived (Asia-Pacific, Caribbean). Her current projects include a monograph about the home-seeking journeys of Jewish refugees and displaced persons from Nazi-era to post-war Europe that brings together history, geography, and cinema (Foot, Road, Camera: Home-seeking and Holocaust Cinema), and the large co-edited volume, The Wiley Companion to the Holocaust.

Research interests
  • The Holocaust and its representation
  • visual narrative
  • spatial history
  • Jewish migration histories (displaced persons, transmigration, and refugee diasporas) children as victims of war and genocide
  • testimony and witnessing.
Contact

Email simone.gigliotti@royalholloway.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1784 414230.

Robert Eaglestone is a graduate of Manchester (BA), Southampton (MA) and the University of Wales (PhD). He is the author of six books including Postmodernism and Holocaust Denial (Icon, 2001), The Holocaust and the Postmodern (Oxford University Press, 2004), The Broken Voice: Reading Post-Holocaust Literature (Oxford Univesity Press, 2017), and the editor or co-editor of seven books including Teaching Holocaust Literature and Film (Palgrave, 2008), Derrida’s Legacies (Routledge, 2008) and The Future of Trauma Theory(Routledge, 2013). He is the Series Editor of Routledge Critical Thinkers, which has 41 volumes to date. His work has been translated into five languages. In 2014 Robert was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship. He is a Fellow of the HEA and an AHRC Peer Assessor. He has advised the UK government’s Qualifications and Curriculum Development Authority, DfE and OfQual and the three English exam boards. Robert was a Literary Advisor to the British Council and is on the Executive Committee of the Forum for European Philosophy. He is co-chair of the organising committee for English: Shared Futures, a large disciplinary conference scheduled for 2017.  He has spoken at many Literary Festivals and BBC Radio 4, and writes in the national and educational press.

Currently he is completing The Broken Voice: Reading Post-Holocaust Literature for OUP, a book on Plato and Aristotle for Routledge, and editing the Companion to Twenty-First Century Fiction, also for Routledge.

He had a Leverhume Award for 2016-7 for a project called 'The Resurgent Past'.

Research interests
  • Contemporary literature and literary theory
  • contemporary philosophy
  • Holocaust and Genocide studies.
Contact

Email r.eaglestone@royalholloway.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1784 443746.

Barry Langford is a practicing professional screenwriter. His original short screenplay Torte Bluma was filmed in New York in summer 2004, with a cast including Stellan Skarsgaard and Simon McBurney, and premiered at the 2005 Edinburgh Film Festival. Torte Bluma was judged Best Drama at the 2005 Los Angeles International Short Film Festival and Best Film at the 2005 Palm Springs International Shorts Festival. Barry is the co-creator and co-author of the 6-part ITV drama series The Frankenstein Chronicles. His major publications are Film Genre: Hollywood and Beyond (Edinburgh University Press, 2005) and Post-Classical Hollywood: Film Industry, Style and Ideology since 1945 (Edinburgh University Press, 2010). The essay collection Teaching Holocaust Literature and Film (co-edited with Robert Eaglestone) was published in 2007.

Recent and forthcoming work includes essays on Siegfried Kracauer, Walter Benjamin, and the Holocaust; "revisionist" Westerns; suburban sexualities; narrative reversal as redemption in Holocaust film; Chris Marker’s politics; urban apocalypse and the theory of Michel de Certeau; time and narrative in The Lord of the Rings; national identity in George Lucas’ American Graffiti; the political unconscious of TV sitcoms; contemporary Holocaust film; and the theorisation of screenwriting. Barry is currently preparing Darkness Visible, a study of Holocaust film.

Research interests
  • Critical theory
  • representations of the Holocaust in film and television
  • theories of mass culture
  • urban studies
  • postmodernism
  • post-classical Hollywood
  • film genre, especially the Western, science fiction film, and war films.
Contact

Email b.langford@royalholloway.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1784 443833.

Before joining Royal Holloway, Becky Jinks worked at the University of East Anglia and the University of Exeter. Dr Jinks’ first study, Representing Genocide: The Holocaust as Paradigm? (Bloomsbury, 2016) critically compares representations of genocide in film, literature, photography and memorialisation in order to explore how the representation of the Holocaust has influenced and shaped – or otherwise – the representation of other genocides. More recent and forthcoming work focuses mostly on modern Europe and its borderlands, for example Becky is completing a study of humanitarian relief, gender, and photography after the Armenian genocide, and also currently working on a social history of humanitarianism in Europe immediately following the First World War. Future research projects include a study of urban violence during the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s.

Research interests
  • The history and representation of genocide
  • the history of humanitarianism
  • social history approaches
  • gender histories
  • photographs as sources for historians.
Contact

Email rebecca.jinks@royalholloway.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1784 443310.

Imogen Dalziel is a second-year PhD candidate, supervised by Professor Dan Stone. Her thesis focuses on the development and use of digital technology at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. She holds a BSc in Psychology from The University of Birmingham and an MA in Holocaust Studies from Royal Holloway. She was awarded the 2015 MA in Holocaust Studies Prize and has been granted a Davis Foundation PhD Scholarship. Imogen was a Regional Ambassador for the Holocaust Educational Trust from 2013-2016. She has volunteered with organisations including The Wiener Library, The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, The Holocaust Centre in Nottinghamshire and the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, and has organised and/or spoken at several events for Holocaust Memorial Day. In July 2016, Imogen received an award from the Auschwitz Museum in recognition of voluntary service. In spring 2017, Imogen also taught part of an undergraduate module on the Holocaust at The University of Birmingham. She has appeared in The Independent and The Jewish Chronicle and has been interviewed on local BBC radio regarding her voluntary work in Holocaust education. She writes an online blog to promote Holocaust awareness and remembrance, which was a finalist in the ‘Education’ category at the UK Blog Awards 2016.

Research interests
  • The development of Holocaust museums
  • Holocaust memorialisation
  • the impact of digital technology and social media on Holocaust memory and awareness
  • Holocaust 'tourism'
  • dark tourism
  • public and media responses to death and the corpse.
Contact

Email imogen.dalziel@royalholloway.ac.uk.

Internal associates

Colin Davis studied French and German at Wadham College, Oxford, where he was also awarded his DPhil in 1986. He was a Research Fellow at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and then Fellow in French at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. From 1988 to 2002 Colin was Fellow in French at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and a Lecturer and subsequently a Reader at the University of Oxford. He became Professor of French and Chair of the Department of French Studies at the University of Warwick in 2002 and has been Research Professor of French at Royal Holloway since 2005.

Research interests

Colin Davis’ research is principally in the field of twentieth-century French literature, thought and film, with interests including:

  • ethics
  • ethical criticism
  • Holocaust literature
  • recent fiction
  • the connections between philosophy, fiction and film.

He has published on concentrationary and Holocaust authors such as Elie Wiesel, Charlotte Delbo, Jorge Semprun, Robert Antelme and David Rousset. He has written ten books, the most recent of which are Critical Excess: Overreading in Derrida, Deleuze, Levinas, Žižek and Cavell (Stanford, 2010) and Postwar Renoir: Film and the Memory of Violence (Routledge, 2012).

Contact

Email colin.davis@royalholloway.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1784 443253.

Having obtained a Masters degree from the University of Oxford (1997) and a PhD from Oxford Brookes University (2002), Helena Duffy has taught French language, culture and literature in the UK, Australia and Poland. Her research interests lie in contemporary French prose, with a specific focus on non–native French authors, such as Andreï Makine, Milan Kundera or Jonathan Littell. Helena Duffy has published widely on various aspects of Makine’s writing as well as on other topics, including French film or the literary representations of the Holocaust. As part of the Marie Curie Individual Fellowship, which Helena Duffy and Robert Eaglestone were awarded in 2015, she will spend two years at Royal Holloway working on a research project concerned with the ethics of contemporary French Holocaust fiction. Looking at novels by Modiano, Tournier, Littell, Haenel, Binet and Assouline, the project will address the potential tension between these works’ thematics and postmodern aesthetics, postmodernism being frequently considered incompatible with a grave subject such as the Shoah.

Research interests
  • Translingual French writers
  • Andreï Makine’s oeuvre
  • French cultural representations of World War Two
  • French Holocaust literature
  • Postmodernism.
Contact

Email helena.duffy@royalholloway.ac.uk.

Michael Haas, a multi-Grammy winning recording producer, is best known for initiating and producing the series ‘Entartete Musik’ on Decca Records between 1990 and 2000. ‘Entartete Musik’ was the first survey of music banned by the Third Reich by a major recording label and resulted in 30 recording projects, representing a multi-genre selection of banned music ranging from popular, chamber and orchestral works to opera and the Avant-Garde. He has worked as Music Curator at Vienna’s Jewish Museum, and consulted Vienna’s Municipal Music Collection in an attempt to return the estates of musicians forced to flee Austria after 1938. Haas is currently Co-Chairman of Exilarte, based at Vienna’s Performing Arts University, and Director of Research at the International Centre for Suppressed Music, based at the Holocaust Research Institute. He is also the author of Forbidden Music – the Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis, published in 2013 by Yale University Press.

Research interests
  • The location and return of musical estates to European archives, where they can be reinstated into the fabric of local music history.
Contact

Email michael.haas@royalholloway.ac.uk.

Ahuvia Kahane’s main appointment is in Classics, but he also holds a longstanding Senior Associate position at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies in the University of Oxford. He was formerly Associate Professor and chairman of the Classics Department and a member of the Jewish Studies Programme at Northwestern University and a Junior Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. He is currently completing a book on the relationship between literary genre, periodization and historical time in antiquity. At Royal Holloway, Kahane was formerly Director of the Humanities and Arts Research Centre and Head of the Classics Department. He is the author of numerous books and articles in classics and other fields and, in Hebrew Studies is translator of Homer’s Odyssey into modern Hebrew and Editor of the Oxford English Hebrew Dictionary.

Research interests
  • Early Greek epic
  • modern receptions of antiquity
  • modern art
  • critical thought.
Contact

Email ahuvia.kahane@royalholloway.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1784 443208.

Bryce Lease is currently Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre, having lectured previously at the Universities of Bristol and Exeter. He has written essays on Polish theatre and culture, Polish/Jewish relations, Lithuanian/Jewish relations, and is currently working on projects that address the performance of cultural memory in museums and archives. In 2016, his monograph After ’89: Polish Theatre and the Politicalwas published with Manchester University Press. His writings on contemporary international performance have been published in The Drama Review (TDR), Contemporary Theatre Review (CTR), Theatre Research International (TRI), Theatre Journal, European Stages, Safundi and New Theatre Quarterly (NTQ). His research has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the British Academy, the Standing Conference of University Drama Departments (SCUDD) and the Brown International Advanced Research Institute (BIARI). He is Subject Editor for European and South African Theatre/Performance for the Routledge Performance Archive.

Research interests
  • Cultural memory
  • interconnections between politics, nascent democracies and nationalism
  • the formation of publics and counterpublics
  • gender and sexuality
  • cultural geography
  • Central and Eastern European culture and history (Poland in particular)
  • museums, archives and performance
  • testimony and witnessing
  • European theatre and performance.
Contact

Email bryce.lease@royalholloway.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1784 443939.

Andrea Mammone is a historian of modern Europe at Royal Holloway, University of London. He has published extensively on Europe, and regularly contributes to the media and press. His Transnational Neofascism in France and Italy is published by Cambridge University Press. He co-edited Mapping the Extreme Right in Contemporary Europe and Varieties of Right-wing Extremism in Europe, and some journal editions on the far right in contemporary Europe. He also co-edited the widely praised Italy Today: The Sick Man of Europe, Un Paese normale? Saggi sull’Italia contemporanea, and the Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Italy. Dr Mammone has been interviewed by Al Jazeera, the BBC, Sky, O Globo, To Vima, The Economist, The Observer, and Voice of America, among others. He has also written op-eds for the International Herald Tribune, The Independent, Foreign Affairs, The Guardian, The New York Times, Reuters, Al Jazeera, and the New Statesman.

Research interests
  • Post-war and recent far-right parties
  • interwar fascism
  • transnational groups
  • anti-immigration stances
  • Europeanism
  • Italy.
Contact

Email andrea.mammone@royalholloway.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1784 414997.

External associates

From 1995 to 2000 she led the team that created the Holocaust Exhibition, overseeing the search for artefacts and the research effort which underlay the construction of this 1200 square metre narrative exhibition. She subsequently directed the exhibition ‘Crimes against Humanity: an Exploration of Genocide and Ethnic Violence’ (2002) and was consultant project director on the Srebrenica Memorial Room in Bosnia Hercegovina (2007).  She is a co-founder and co-organiser of the conference ‘Beyond Camps and Slave Labour: International Research into Survivors of Nazi Persecution’. Suzanne is now leading an initiative to reinvigorate research at IWM. She has been Principal Investigator on two AHRC-funded projects based at IWM. She co-chairs the Consortium of Independent Research Organisation and is currently a Vice President of the Royal Historical Society. She has co-supervised three Collaborative Doctoral Award students, and oversees IWM’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership.

Research interests

Suzanne has a well-established interest in the representation of difficult and challenging history in museums; Holocaust historiography and new approaches to the subject; and the memorialisation of genocides. The nature of her job means that her research interests extend across IWM’s remit and her most recent piece of research was into the Indian soldiers who recuperated in Brighton during the First World War and how they interacted with the people of that town. Suzanne is currently leading an AHRC-funded international Research Network investigating the potential of the BBC Monitoring Service’s transcripts.

Contact

Email sbardgett@iwm.org.uk.

Ben Barkow was educated at Middlesex Polytechnic and University College London, where he studied the history of medicine and science. He was the Research Assistant to the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine for four years (working particularly for Professor Roy Porter), leaving in 1987 to begin work at the Wiener Library. He became its Director in 2000, succeeding Professor David Cesarani. Ben is the author of Alfred Wiener and the Making of the Holocaust Library (1997) and editor and joint-editor of several works relating to the Holocaust, particularly the Theresienstadt chronicle of Philipp Manes. He serves on the Educational Advisory Group of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation and a group advising the Final Account project of film-maker Luke Holland.

Research interests

Ben is researching a family history. Having brought the UK’s digital copy of the International Tracing Service archive to the Library, he is working to improve access to this collection and promote its scholarly investigation. He recently secured a digital copy of the UN War Crimes Commission archive for the Library. He has worked on issues relating to genocide with Professor Philip Spencer, organising the conference ‘The Holocaust & Modern Genocide’ at the British Academy in 2010. Ben is currently working to preserve and make accessible a vast photographic collection documenting the Haredi community in London’s Stamford Hill.

Contact

Email bbarkow@wienerlibrary.co.uk.

Paul Salmons is an educator specialising in teaching and learning about the Holocaust. Formerly a history teacher, he joined the Imperial War Museum to help create their permanent Holocaust Exhibition and develop their educational approach to this complex subject. A consultant on numerous international projects, Paul was invited by the United Nations to create educational materials for its International Holocaust Remembrance Day and was appointed Scholar in Residence at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Lead author of IHRA's How to Teach about the Holocaust, he has written a range of teaching and learning materials, scholarly articles and is also an occasional guest editor of the journal Teaching History.

Currently leading the pedagogical team at the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education, Paul is also part of a small, international curatorial team developing a major new exhibition called Auschwitz, due to open in late 2016 and then to travel the world.

Research interests

How can young people be helped to construct their own meanings of the Holocaust? Resisting the tendency to oversimplify the past, Paul explores how a close reading of original artefacts, historical case studies, and authentic sites open possibilities for deeper learning and more powerful ways of thinking.

As consultant to Mauthausen Memorial in Austria, he helped to develop new approaches to learning at historical sites. Former Chair of IHRA’s subcommittee on the Holocaust and other Genocides, he is concerned with how we relate learning about the Holocaust to understanding mass violence and to strengthening efforts towards genocide prevention.

Paul wrestles with ethical dilemmas in teaching about the Holocaust, both in his role on the Advisory Board of a project collecting oral histories from former perpetrators, and (with Ruth-Anne Lenga) in the development of a new educational resource that will explore how Nazi crimes continued to impact on the life of one survivor for many years after liberation.

Contact

Email p.salmons@ioe.ac.uk.

Sue Vice teaches Holocaust literature and film at the University of Sheffield's School of English to undergraduate, MA and PhD students. Her recent publications include a study of Claude Lanzmann's film Shoah and a co-edited volume on representations of perpetrators in Holocaust literature and film.

Research interests

The ethics and practice of Holocaust testimony, fiction, and documentary and fiction film.

Contact

Email s.vice@sheffield.ac.uk.

She is the author of Writing the Holocaust: Identity, Testimony, Tepresentation (2006) and Anne Frank (2015), and will soon publish her latest book, A Feminist History of the Holocaust, with Oxford University Press. She is a Faculty Associate in the Department of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford and previously taught in the History faculty at Oxford and at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she was Fellow in Holocaust Studies. A board member of the British Association of Holocaust Studies, she sits on the editorial boards of Holocaust Studies, the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, and the Journal of European Studies. She is also a trustee of the Wiener Library.

Research interests

Dr Waxman’s first book, Writing the Holocaust: Identity, Testimony, Representation (OUP, 2006) explores the history of Holocaust testimony from the first chroniclers, confined to the ghettos, to today’s survivors, writing as part of collective memory. She has subsequently written a concise biography of Anne Frank as well as essays and articles on Hannah Arendt, on rape in wartime, on gender and testimony, and on sacred relics. Her forthcoming book focuses specifically on women’s Holocaust experiences. It seeks to uncover the difficult and often suppressed stories of women in the Shoah, revealing the ways in which gender shaped their experiences and even affected the possibility of their survival.

Contact

Email zoe.waxman@orinst.ox.ac.uk.

Doctoral students supervised by Professor Dan Stone

Department of History

Research interests
  • Comparative Genocide Studies 
  • Cold War History of the Middle East 
  • The Armenian Genocide
  • Oral History 
  • Israel Studies
  • Minorities in the Middle East 
  • Memory and Genocide
Contact

Email eldad.benaharon.2015@live.rhul.ac.uk.

Department of History

Research interests
  • The aesthetics and ideology of (inter-war and post-war) fascism(s)
  • avant-garde(s) and modernism(s)
  • culture and fascism
  • culture and the Holocaust
  • extremist politics
  • Holocaust denial and impiety
  • memory; modern Britain
  • popular culture
  • race and immigration in Britain
  • subcultures
  • violence.
Contact

Email benjamin.bland.2015@live.rhul.ac.uk.

Department of History

Research interests
  • The development of Holocaust museums
  • Holocaust memorialisation
  • the impact of digital technology and social media on Holocaust memory and awareness
  • Holocaust ‘tourism’
  • dark tourism
  • public and media responses to death and the corpse.
Contact

Email imogen.dalziel.2013@live.rhul.ac.uk.

Department of History

Research interests
  • Architectural history
  • museums and memorials
  • sites of memory relating to the Holocaust
  • representations of the Holocaust across disciplines.
Contact

Email stephanie.hesz-wood.2013@live.rhul.ac.uk.

Department of History

Research interests
  • Holocaust historiography
  • the history-law relationship
  • bringing the Holocaust to trial
  • theories of history.
Contact

Email lynnehumphrey@hotmail.com.

Department of History

Research interests

Having completed an MA in Holocaust Studies, and being a retired Metropolitan Police Detective Inspector and a Law graduate, Robert focused a number of his degree assignments on the war crimes trials at the end of World War Two in Europe. The research undertaken has a political, social and human input which, taken together, makes a fascinating subject which Robert is enjoying immensely.

Contact

Email robert.sherwood.2012@live.rhul.ac.uk.

Department of History

Research interests
  • Humanitarian aid and relief during the Holocaust
  • British reponses to the Holocaust
  • refugees and displaced persons
  • refugee rehabilitation
  • Jewish social welfare
  • the relationship between humanitarian organisations and the refugees in their care.
Contact

Email emily.smith.2013@live.rhul.ac.uk.

Department of History

Research interests
  • Visual culture
  • representations of atrocity
  • the use of photography
  • reception theory
  • history education
  • the history of Holocaust education.
Contact

Email jacqueline.teale.2009@live.rhul.ac.uk.

Doctoral students supervised by Dr Simone Gigliotti

Department of History

Research interests
  • Holocaust law
  • human rights law
  • the role of the historian in law
  • development of international criminal court and law.
Contact

Email amber.pierce.2013@live.rhul.ac.uk.

Doctoral students supervised by Professor Robert Eaglestone

Department of English

Research interests

The way in which the Holocaust has incrementally assumed the status of what James defines as foundational memory, and has been appropriated and used as a means of articulating the inconceivable. James' work concerns both historical and political writing and fictional representations. As his thesis title suggests, James focuses particularly on the way in which the collective memory of the Holocaust - in all its forms - was mobilised directly and indirectly to anticipate and imagine the concept of nuclear war during the Cold War.

Contact

Email james.bulgin.2010@live.rhul.ac.uk.

Doctoral students supervised by Mr Rudolf Muhs

Department of History

Research interests
  • The history of German culture
  • architecture
  • Holocaust studies.
Contact

Email lisa.sanders.2013@live.rhul.ac.uk.

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Find about our decision-making processes and the people who lead and manage Royal Holloway today