Mémorial de la Shoah

Abigail Lewis

Abigail Lewis received her PhD in European History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2022. She currently serves as a postdoctoral research associate and the Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame. She is the recipient of several fellowships from the George L. Mosse Program in History, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Embassy of France in the United States, the Society for French Historical Studies, the Western Society for French History, and the Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones d’Amérique.

Abigail’s research focuses on photography and visual culture in France during and immediately after the Nazi Occupation and the Holocaust. She is currently completing a book manuscript entitled, Double Exposure: French Photography and Everyday Choices from Nazi Occupation to Liberation, 1940-1950. From this research, she published an article in French Politics, Culture & Society about the challenge of photographic evidence in postwar France. She also published a book chapter on the photography of Julia Pirotte, a Jewish photographer in the resistance, in Negotiating the Nazi Occupation: Gender, Power, and Memory, edited by Sandra Ott, in 2022. As a Conny Kristel Fellow, Abigail will research private photography and displacement during the Holocaust in France.