Together with Laurel Vlock, Dr. Laub began videotaping Holocaust survivors in his office in May 1979 as part of what would become the Holocaust Survivors Film Project (HSFP). Dr. Laub participated in 134 testimony taping sessions for the HSFP and the Fortunoff Archive as well as for other independent projects. He trained interviewers for affiliated projects in the U.S. Israel, Canada, and Europe, and it was his unique perspective as a survivor and clinical psychiatrist shaped the Fortunoff Archive’s distinctive methodology. Laub's work was groundbreaking and critical to the Fortunoff Archive’s growth and success.
Jan BurzlaffDori Laub Fellow 2021
Jan Burzlaff is the William A. Ackman Fellow for Holocaust Studies at Harvard University. A graduate from the École Normale Supérieure, Paris, and the 2016–17 Jane Eliza Procter Fellow at Princeton University, Burzlaff’s recent publications include “Icons, Trodden Sand, and the Violence of the Gaze: Looking at the Holocaust,” Yad Vashem Studies 48, no. 2 (2021); “When the Fires Were Lit: Anti-Jewish Violence in Eastern Europe, 1917–45,” Journal of Contemporary History 55, no. 4 (2020): 893–903; and “Confronting the Communal Grave: A Reassessment of Social Relations During the Holocaust in Eastern Europe,” The Historical Journal 63, no. 4 (2020): 1054–1077. His dissertation is a transnational history of Jewish survival during the Holocaust, featuring prominently the Fortunoff Video Archive, with additional interests in visual and spatial histories, comparative genocide, and violence both in the modern era and on a global scale.
Alexandra ZarembaDori Laub Fellow 2021
Alexandra Zaremba is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History at American University, in Washington D.C. Alexandra holds an MA in Public History from Duquesne University and a BA in History from the University of South Florida. In 2021 she was awarded the American Institute for Southeast European Studies Graduate Fellowship, Central European Historical Society’s Travel and Research Grant, and a University Summer Language Grant for Graduate Students from the German Academic Exchange Service. Alexandra was also selected as an alternate for Fulbright Student Study Research in Serbia. In 2020 she was selected as a fellow with the Auschwitz Jewish Center and in 2019, Alexandra was a Graduate Research Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. Her published work is featured in Europeanisation and Memory Politics in the Former Yugoslavia, edited by Ana Milošević and Tamara Pavasović Trost and Public in Public History, edited by Joanna Wojdon and Dorota Wisniewska. Studying museums and everyday cultural discourses, Alexandra’s dissertation examines Yugoslav identity as a lived experience and shared construction that the public performed and revised on a daily basis in the decades after World War II and the Holocaust. She also uses oral and digital history methodologies to considers how the diverse peoples in Yugoslavia navigated and experienced daily life in the post-war socialist state.