Rosenberg Senior Scholar

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

Samuel KassowWilliam Rosenberg Senior Scholar

Samuel Kassow is the Charles H. Northam Professor of History at Trinity College. He holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University, and has been a visiting professor at many institutions, including Harvard University, University of Toronto, Hebrew University, Dartmouth College, and others.

He served as lead historian for two of the galleries at Warsaw’s POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews from  2006 to 2013. Professor Kassow is the author and editor of a number of books, including Who Will Write Our History: Emanuel Ringelblum and the Secret Ghetto Archive (Indiana University Press, 2007), which was a finalist for a National Jewish Book Award and recipient of the Orbis Prize. It has been translated into numerous languages and a feature film based on the book was released in 2018. Most recently he has co-edited, along with David Roskies, the ninth volume of the Posen Anthology of Jewish Culture, published by Yale University Press in 2019. His annotated translation of the Warsaw Ghetto memoirs of Rachel Auerbach are also forthcoming.

Christoph Dieckmann William Rosenberg Senior Scholar

Christoph Dieckmann taught Modern European History at Keele University, United Kingdom, researched Yiddish historiography of the Russian Civil War at the Fritz Bauer Institut in Frankfurt am Main and has worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bern on the project “Sounds of anti-Jewish Persecution.“

At present he is teaching – mostly via Zoom – at Haifa University in the Weiss-Livnat International Program of Holocaust Studies.

His study Deutsche Besatzungspolitik in Litauen 1941-1944 [German Occupation Policy in Lithuania 1941-1944] was published in 2011 and was awarded the Yad Vashem International Book Prize for Holocaust Research in 2012. He co-edited the Deskcalendar Heinrich Himmlers 1941/42 (Hamburg 1999), and has published on ghettos (2009) and the impact of German warfare on mass crimes (2015).

His latest publications are as follows: Lithuanian author Ruta Vanagaite held a series of talks with Dieckmann on the common history of Germany and Lithuania in Europe during the Shoah. The talks were published at the end of 2021 as How Did It Happen? Understanding the Holocaust. In spring 2022, Dieckmann and Arkadi Zeltser edited Distrust, Animosity, Solidarity, a book on the relation of Jews and Non-Jews during the Shoah in the Soviet Union.