Fortunoff/USC Research Fellowship

The Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale University Library and the University of Southern California Libraries Collections Convergence Initiative have established a one-year position for a postdoctoral scholar to conduct research in the Fortunoff Video Archive and the USC Shoah Foundation.

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Hartman fellow Sarah Garibova presenting at the Hartman Symposium


The fellowship will be awarded to an outstanding postdoctoral scholar from any discipline who will advance genocide research through the comparative analysis of testimonies by Holocaust survivors who gave interviews to both the Fortunoff Video Archive and the USC Shoah Foundation. There are over 1,000 survivors who gave interviews to both archives. Potential comparisons can include not only the content of the testimonies, but also the interview process, methodology, etc. Image: Geoffrey H. Hartman Fellow Sarah Garibova presenting at the Inaugural Hartman Fellowship Symposium.
Application Information
The deadline for the 2019 Fellowship cycle has passed. Please contact the Archive for more information on upcoming fellowships.
Current Fellow

Allison Somogyi

Fortunoff/USC Research Fellow

Allison received her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her dissertation analyzed the survival and resistance tactics employed by young Jewish women in Budapest under Arrow Cross rule and German occupation, and traced, through their diaries, how they navigated the fraught space available to them in the chaotic months of the occupation and during the siege of Budapest. Her work as a Yale-USC Postdoctoral Research Fellow builds off her dissertation research by exploring the differences in the ways Hungarian-Jewish women discussed sexual violence at the time of the Final Solution and throughout its aftermath. She will also focus on the ways which survivor testimonies that touch upon sexual violence might vary in response to different interviewing processes and methodologies of the Fortunoff Video Archive and the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive.