Member Profiles

Please find below the research interests and contact details of the members of the research collective:

Victoria Grace Walden, B.A(hons). PGCE. MA (dist)

PhD candidate at Queen Mary, University of London


Research interests: Holocaust film and the materiality of memory; the use of archive material and animation in Holocaust films; the use of audio-visual material in museum spaces; Polish and Soviet Holocaust films; trauma and memory studies; phenomenology and the film experience.

Victoria is particularly interested in understanding affect and the different contextualisation of archive and atrocity image of the Holocaust, and other genocides. She also authors and co-edits the inter-disciplinary blog ‘what is embodiment’:

Latest publication: The Non-Human and Affect in Seven Minutes in the Warsaw Ghetto [Short Film Studies Journal].

Contact: v.g.walden []

Papers available at:

Prof. Dr. Andrea Peto DSC

Central European University


Research interests: gendered memory of WWII, political extremisms, and digital testimonies.

Contact: peto []

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Alina Bothe, M.A.

Zentrum Jüdische Studien Berlin-Brandenburg

Research interests: Digital History, Shoah History, esp. Testimony Archives, USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive, Postmodern Theory, Literary Studies and Gender Studies.

Current research project: The virtual in-between of memory: The Visual History Archive.

Latest publication: Alina Bothe, Christina Brüning (Eds.): Geschlecht und Erinnerung im digitalen Zeitalter. Neue Perspektiven auf ZeitzeugInnenarchive (Gender and Memory in the Digital Age: New Perspectives on Oral History Archives), Berlin: LIT [forthcoming autumn 2014].

Linney Wix

University of New MexicoLinney3

Research interests: The artist/art teacher, Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and her Bauhaus-derived approach to teaching art to children in Terezin. Linney spent the last academic year (2013-14) on a Fulbright research grant in the Czech Republic. Her current research, involving archival work and interviews with survivors who made art with Dicker-Brandeis, addresses art and memory in the context of Terezin’s creative art classes.

Latest publication: Through a Narrow Window: Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and Her Terezin Students (University of New Mexico Press), that accompanied an exhibition she curated for the University of New Mexico Art Museum in 2011.

Contact: linneywix []

Dr Michael Gray

Head of Government and Politics, Harrow School


Research interests: Holocaust education, Antisemitism, Rwandan genocide and education.

Latest Publications: Contemporary Debates in Holocaust Education (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2014)
Teaching the Holocaust: Practical Approaches for Ages 11-18 (Abingdon: Routledge Forthcoming).

Dr Joseph Toltz

Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney


Research interests: Musical experience during the Holocaust; music and philosophy; sacred and secular vocal music from the 11th century to the early 20th century; Yiddish music; Jewish liturgical music; Jewish liturgical music in Australia; Sephardi music; Soul, Funk and Dance music from the 1970s to the present day; Kraftwerk; French art music of the 19th and 20th centuries; 20th century Czech composition; Modernist composition; Holocaust history and studies, Historiography, History of the Ashkenaz Jews from the 14th to early 20th century; Post-structuralist and Queer theory, Jean-Luc Nancy, Trauma Theory, Hermeneutics, Levinas, Spinoza, Bourdieu.

Contact details: josephtoltz []

Lia Molly Deromedi

PhD candidate at Royal Holloway University of London


Research interests: Holocaust literature, children, genocide literature in particular Native American, trauma, memory.

Contact details: liamollyderomedi []


Dr. Helen Finch

University of Leeds


Research interests: Dr. Finch is working on a project entitled ‘Holocaust Literature in German: Canon, Witness, Remediation’. Her monograph on queer masculine identities in the works of W. G. Sebald, Sebald’s Bachelors: Queer Resistance and the Unconforming Life, appeared with Legenda in 2013. She is leading aproject linking researchers in the UK and South Africa working on trauma, reconciliation and reparation in the aftermath of German Nazism and Afrikaner nationalism, leads the Memory, Trauma and Violence cluster ( and is a member of the Leeds Transnational Holocaust Memory project:

Contact: h.c.finch []

Simon Goldberg

University of Haifa


Research interests: Holocaust poetry, ethics of Holocaust representation, comparative genocide studies, multicultural Holocaust education, anti-genocide activism.

Contact: Simon []

Rachel N. Baum

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Jewish Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Research interests: Rachel’s previous work focused on the emotions of Holocaust memory & representation. Currently, she is very engaged with issues of the Holocaust & new media, specifically holograms and virtual reality. Other Research interests include: educational technologies, gaming, digital humanities.

Contact: rbaum []

Christina Isabel Brüning

Researcher and lecturer at University of Education Freiburg in Breisgau, Germany


Research interests: video-testimonies in teaching; Holocaust Education in heterogeneous societies; gender and remembrance in the digital age; research on testimonies (oral history sources) from the Kestenberg Archive (based at Hebrew University); civic and human rights education (especially in-service teacher training); bilingual education and bilingual classrooms (History and Politics).

Contact: christina.bruening []

Sangho Shin

PhD candidate at Seoul National University, South Korea in musicology (Graduate Interdisciplinary Program)

Research interests: Limits and potentials of the Holocaust representation in artistic areas, especially in contemporary musical works in terms of representational aspects of music and sound media,
and discourses in other media and (Holocaust-related) disciplines.

Contact: beuron []

Toni-Lynn Frederick

University of Reading, The Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, independent filmmaker and installation artist


Research interests: Shoah, Claude Lanzmann, eyewitness re-enactment, Holocaust-related landscapes, testimony, digitization, documentary outtakes, film and representation, memorials and memorialization, pilgrimage.

Latest publication: Forthcoming Lessons & Legacies chapter: “Problems of representation: Simon Srebnik and the strategies of reenactment in Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah”.

Dr. Victoria Nesfield

University of Leeds


Research interests: Holocaust testimony, Holocaust memorials, Jewish identity, religious responses, Holocaust and Nakba.

Contact: V.L.Nesfield []

Stephanie Benzaquen

PhD candidate at Center for Historical Culture, Erasmus University Amsterdam


Research interests: Holocaust and genocide studies, cultural memory, digital and social media, art history/theory, contemporary art, visual culture, Khmer studies, Cambodia, Khmer Rouge regime, political terror.

Contact: benzaquen []

Prof. Dr. Lior Zylberman

Image and Sound Design course of studies (FADU-UBA)

Fellow at CONICET and a member of the research team of the Center for Genocide Studies at the National University of Tres de Febrero.
General Secretary of the Argentine Association of Cinema and Audiovisual Studies (ASAECA) and a member of the Advisory Board of the International Association of Genocide Scholars.
Editorial member of the academic journal Cine Documental (Documentary Cinema) and the Journal of Genocide Studies published by the National University of Tres de Febrero.

Research interests: the relationship between cinema, image, memory, dictatorship and genocide.

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