Holocaust Studies in the Digital Age: speakers and abstracts

Holocaust Studies is a dynamic multidisciplinary research field that is dedicated to the Holocaust itself but also includes aspects of the post-Holocaust world such as memory, human rights, Jewish life or international relations. At the same time, the research field has a manifest public dimension. To examine these diverse and intertwined dimensions, EHRI organizes two conferences in July 2019. The conference Holocaust Studies in the Digital Age is an expert meeting, dealing with academic topics, and will cater to a professional audience working in related fields, while Holocaust Studies and its Social Setting on 3 July in Pakhuis de Zwijger explores the impact of academic research on society at large. This conference also marks the conclusion of the second phase of the EHRI project.

Via this page you can find more information about the speakers invited for the academic conference Holocaust Studies in the Digital Age. What’s New? and the abstracts of their presentations.


András Lénárt

Dr. András Lénárt is currently Research Fellow at the National Széchényi Library in Budapest, Hungary. Dr. Lénárt holds a PhD in Economic and Social History, as well as three MA degrees (in History, Spanish and Sociology) from ELTE University Budapest (Hungary).

Michael Haley Goldman

Michael Haley Goldman is Director of the Future Projects at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Future Projects is a small innovation team designed to research, prototype, and explore emerging technologies that transform Holocaust memorialization and education. Mr. Haley Goldman has served as the Museum’s Director of the Benjamin and Vladka Meed Registry of Holocaust Survivors and as the Director of Global Classroom and Evaluation.  Mr. Haley Goldman has a Masters in Education from Columbia University Teachers College. 

Abstract of 'Re-Imagining the Team: Holocaust Research and Education in a Distributed Age'

Victoria Walden

Victoria Grace Walden is a teaching fellow at the University of Sussex. Her research specialisms are Holocaust and genocide non-fiction and animated films, digital memory in museums, and film-philosophy. Her most recent book Cinematic Intermedialities and Contemporary Holocaust Memory was released earlier this year. She is currently developing an e-book edited collection and online platform entitled The Memorial Museum in the Digital Age. She has worked for the Holocaust Educational Trust, the IHRA, and volunteered for the Wiener Library and Jewish Museum, London.

Abstract of 'Debunking Digital Myths: Holocaust Memory for the Future'

Mariella Bastian & Mykola Makhortykh

Dr. Mariella Bastian is a journalism scholar whose research is closely intertwined with cultural memory studies. Currently, she is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Information Law at the University of Amsterdam. She holds a PhD and Masters degree in journalism studies from TU Dortmund University (Germany). Her research interests center around media ethics and accountability, news personalization, democracy & journalism, the role of the media in dictatorships, and the algorithmic turn in cultural remembrance.

Dr. Mykola Makhortykh defended his PhD in 2017 at the University of Amsterdam. In his dissertation, he examined interactions between digital media and WWII remembrance in Eastern Europe. Currently, he is a postdoctoral researcher at the Amsterdam School for Communication Research, where his research is focused on the algorithmic personalization of news media. In his recent work, he has also explored interactions between historical memory and propaganda during the Ukraine crisis and the use of digital platforms for Holocaust remembrance. 

Abstract of 'The neutral point of view and the black hole of Auschwitz: Crowdsourcing the history of the Holocaust on Wikipedia'

Pelle Hansen & Therkel Straede


Pelle Mose Hansen – I am M.A. in contemporary History, educated at the University of Southern Denmark in 2019. I am responsible for GIS and IT on the project ‘The Danish Jews in Theresienstadt’. My primary research area is Nazism- and Holocaust-studies. I have a massive interest in working with Holocaust survivors memoirs and analyzed them with different theoretical approaches from neurology, sociology and human geography.

Therkel Straede, Prof. of Contemporary History at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense. Leader of the project 'Danish Jews in Theresienstadt: Topography and Memory'. For 25 years, my focus in research and teaching has been the history of Nazism and the Holocaust. Among other topics, I have published on Denmark 1940-45, the OCT.’43 Jewish rescue, the Nazi concentration camps, and German occupational policy in the occupied Soviet areas 1941-45.

Abstract of 'The Danish Jews in Theresienstadt: Topography and Memory' 

Christiane Weber

Christiane Weber

Christiane Weber, MA, studied History, German Literature and British and American Literature and Culture at the University of Giessen/Germany. After ten years at the “Arbeitsstelle Holocaustliteratur” – a research unit dedicated to holocaust literature – she started working for the Arolsen Archives (formerly: International Tracing Service) in 2017. There she develops in the Research and Education Department a digital tool which describes the historical background of holocaust related documents (see https://eguide.its-arolsen.org).

Abstract of 'The Arolsen Archives e-Guide: turning users into active explorers of Holocaust-related documents'

Andrzej Grzegorczyk

Andrzej Grzegorczyk

Andrzej Grzegorczyk works as curator in the place of remembrance – Radegast Station (a division of the Museum of Independence Traditions in Lodz). He is author/co-author of both exhibitions and academic and popular science publications devoted to the history of the death camp in Chelmno-on-Ner and the ghetto in Lodz. In addition to that he coordinates educational projects, works as museum educator, and authors lesson scenarios, workshops, and educational tours. He is also the coordinator and originator of an educational concept based on the Litzmannstandt-Getto Model project.

Abstract of 'The Forgotten Quarter. An Interactive Model as an Element Restoring the Memory of the Lodz Ghetto'

Leah Owen & Dan Plesch

Leah Owen is a DPhil student at the University of Oxford, studying genocidal dehumanisation and mobilisation. Her other research interests include the study and use of archives, as well as post-conflict criminal justice initiatives.

Dan Plesch is the author of 'Human Rights After Hitler'. He is Director and Senior Associate Professor at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS University of London; and Scholar in Residence at the School of International Service at American University. 

Abstract of 'Geographies of accountability: the United Nations War Crimes Commission archives and wartime complementarity'

Tim Cole

Tim Cole is Professor of Social History and Director of the Brigstow Institute at the University of Bristol. He is the author of Images of the Holocaust/Selling the Holocaust (1999), Holocaust City (2003), Traces of the Holocaust (2011) and Holocaust Landscapes (2016) and co-editor of Militarised Landscapes (2010) and Geographies of the Holocaust (2014).

Abstract of 'Digital Representations as Research Tools: The Experience of Geographies of the Holocaust'

Gilly Carr

Dr Gilly Carr is a Senior Lecturer and Academic Director in Archaeology at the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education; she is also a Fellow and Director of Studies in Archaeology at St Catharine’s College. Recent publications include Victims of Nazism in the Channel Islands: A legitimate heritage? (Bloomsbury Academic 2019), Protest, Defiance and Resistance in the Channel Islands: German Occupation 1940-45 (co-authored, Bloomsbury Academic 2015), and Legacies of Occupation: Heritage, Memory and Archaeology in the Channel Islands (Springer 2014). She has been a member of the UK delegation of IHRA since 2016.

Abstract of 'Combatting collective amnesia: digital heritage and the Channel Islands'

Judith Haran

Judith Haran has been analyzing documents for the Nuremberg Project at Harvard Law School since 2017. Archival work is her second career (formerly she worked in psychiatry). In her spare time, she writes fiction with themes related to the Second World War. She is particularly interested in the use of social media to reach out to non-traditional audiences for archival collections. 

Abstract of 'Nuremberg Project at Harvard Law School'