Past Fellows

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

Hartman fellow Sarah Garibova presenting at the Hartman Symposium
Hartman Fellow Sarah Garibova presenting at the Hartman Fellowship Symposium, 2018

Ion Popa

Fortunoff/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. Siegel

Hartman 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 Garibova

Hartman 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 Dynner

Rosenberg 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 Toth

FVAHT/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.