A list of our past fellows, each of which has made valuable contributions to better understanding the testimonies held at the Fortunoff Archive.

Past Fellows

Nikolaus HagenFortunoff/VWI Fellow 2019-2020

Nikolaus Hagen is a historian and lecturer in the Department of Contemporary History at the University of Innsbruck and at the University College for Teacher Education Vorarlberg. He is also a 2019 EHRI Fellow at the Arolsen Archives. He was previously a research fellow and assistant curator at the Jewish Museum Munich. Nikolaus’ research project is titled “The Nazi Persecution of ‘Mixed Marriages’: A Comparative Study on Gendered Experiences of Persecution.”

Allison SomogyiFortunoff/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.

Ion PopaFortunoff/VWI Fellow 2018-2019

Ion Popa is a Saul Kagan Claims Conference Postdoctoral Fellow in Advanced Shoah Studies (New York) and Honorary Research Fellow of the Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Manchester. His research focus lies in the field of Jewish-Christian Relations in Eastern Europe during the Holocaust. His numerous publications include the monograph The Romanian Orthodox Church and the Holocaust and the article The 7th Rosiori Regiment and the Holocaust in Romania and the Soviet Union, the latter published in Dapim: Studies on the Holocaust in 2018.

Sari J. SiegelHartman Fellow 2018-2019

Sari has an MA and PhD in history from the University of Southern California. The Geoffrey H. Hartman Postdoctoral Fellowship brings her back to Yale University, where she earned her BA in history in 2006. In addition to receiving numerous grants and fellowships, she has been a fellow-in-residence at the Center for Holocaust Studies at the Institute for Contemporary History, the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute, and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. She has presented her research on Jewish prisoner-physicians at many conferences and workshops in the US and abroad.

Sarah GaribovaHartman Fellow 2017-2018

Sarah received her PhD from the University of Michigan in June. Her dissertation uses mourning and burial practices to examine the engagement of Soviet Jews with Jewish religious traditions, Soviet norms, and Russian cultural influences. Sarah gathered data related to her dissertation topic, as well as began a new project to trace the fates of Soviet Jewish orphans after WWII. As the inaugural Hartman fellow, Sarah helped the Archive launch a testimony critical edition series, and participated in outreach and instruction efforts.

Glenn DynnerRosenberg Senior Research Scholar Fall 2017

Glenn is a Professor of Religion at Sarah Lawrence College, and a scholar of East European Jewry. His focus is on the social history of Hasidism and Polish-Jewish relations. His most recent work is Yankel’s Tavern: Jews, Liquor and Life in the Kingdom of Poland. Glenn pursued a research project using testimonies of survivors that identified with Hasidic or non-Hasidic Orthodoxy. He also helped establish the Fortunoff Archive’s new critical edition series.

Gabor Mihaly TothFVAHT/DHLab Associate 2017-2018

Gabor graduated from the University of Oxford with a PhD in history. Gabor is the Gerda Henkel Fellow of the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC. His main field of research is computer assisted analysis of historical texts. At Yale, in addition to writing a monograph on the experience of persecution, he will build a digital tool to explore transcripts of survivor testimonies.