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.
Chad GibbsDori Laub Fellow, 2020
Chad is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His dissertation project, “Against that Darkness: Perseverance, Resistance, and Revolt at Treblinka,” adds to our understanding of life inside this camp by exploring inmate relationships—or social networks—and how prisoners leveraged these bonds to gain some measure of control over lethally restricted camp geography.
Maintaining emphases on networks and space throughout, Chad’s work further delivers analysis of gender and masculinity in life and resistance at the camp while working to recover the long-overlooked experiences of women at Treblinka.