The Fortunoff Video Archive would not be here today without the vision and leadership of Professor Geoffrey H. Hartman. An eminent professor of comparative literature at Yale, Professor Hartman produced important works on English poetry, as well as helped to pave the way for the study of deconstruction in literary theory in North America. In addition to these impressive achievements, and many others, he was one of the founders of the Fortunoff Video Archive. To honor Professor Hartman, the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies has established the Geoffrey H. Hartman Postdoctoral Fellowship. Inaugurated in 2017, the fellowship brings a scholar to the Fortunoff Video Archive for two years to work closely with the collection.
Alicja Podbielska Hartman Fellow
Alicja Podbielska received her PhD in 2021 from the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University. In her doctoral dissertation, A Tree for Poland: Memory of Holocaust Rescue, 1942-2018 she examined when, how, and why Polish Holocaust rescuers were officially designated national heroes. She holds an MA in literary studies from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. She received grants and fellowships from European Holocaust Research Infrastructure, Vienna Wiesenthal Institute, Yad Vashem, Claims Conference, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Institute for Contemporary History in Munich, and Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York. Her research interests include Polish-Jewish relations, collective memory, public history, and Holocaust literature.