William Rosenberg Senior Research Scholar

The William Rosenberg Senior Research Scholar invites an established scholar to spend a semester conducting research at the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies.

William Rosenberg
William Rosenberg, one of the Archive's founders
William Rosenberg, Dori Laub, and Laurel Vlock presenting the collection

Overview

William Rosenberg was born in Czestochowa, Poland in 1929. The only survivor of his family of seven children, he was incarcerated in seven concentration camps. As president of the New Haven Farband and the New Haven survivors fellowship group, Willy was instrumental in the founding of the Holocaust Survivors Film Project (HSFP). He was a tireless advocate for the HSFP and later for the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies.
Current fellows

Dr. Anna Machcewicz

2020 William Rosenberg Senior Scholar

Dr. Anna Machcewicz is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Political Studies in the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. In 2015 Anna received her PhD in Political Science and published her dissertation Rebellion: Strikes in the Tri-City in August 1980. Her dissertation book was awarded the Jan Długosz Award in 2016. Her second book, Prison letters of Zofia and Kazimierz Moczarski (Warsaw, 2015) also received awards in 2016. Her first monograph was a biography of Kazimierz Moczarski, the Polish journalist and member of the Polish anti-Nazi resistance movement who spent years in a communist prison. The English version of that book will be published in 2020 with Peter Lang. In 2016 she held a fellowship at the Imre Kertész Kolleg in Jena, Germany. Her research project there was titled “Prisoners in Poland 1944-1956 – An Anthropological and Comparative Approach Within the Framework of East Central European Experience.” She is now working on a book on the forms and mechanisms of building social relationships, and the strategies for survival in Polish prison system in the years 1944-1956.

Dr. Pawel Machcewicz

2020 William Rosenberg Senior Scholar

Dr. Pawel Machcewicz is professor at the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. Most recently, Pawel was a fellow at the Imre Kertész Kolleg in 2018-2019 in Jena and a 2017-2018 fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. He is the founding director of the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk (2008-2017). He was removed from his post by the Law and Justice government after opening the museum to the public, due to the government’s claims that the permanent exhibit was too “cosmopolitan” and “not Polish enough.” Pawel has taught at Warsaw University, the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, and was a co-founder of the Institute of National Remembrance.

 

His many books include Rebellious Satellite: Poland 1956 (2009) and Poland’s War on Radio Free Europe, 1950-1989 (2014). He edited and co-authored chapters in the two-volume series Wokół Jedwabnego (2002), and in Spory o historię 2000-2011 (2012). His most recent book (2017) describes the history of creating the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk and the controversies it evoked. The English language edition The War That Never Ends: The Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk, was published with De Gruyter in 2019. Pawel is currently working on a new book about nationalistic and anti-Semitic elements within the ideology of Polish Communists, in particular during the 1950s and 1960s.