We are a group of researchers based at the UCL Centre for Collective Violence, Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
Mary Fulbrook is Professor of German History at UCL. She is the author of A Small Town Near Auschwitz: Ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust, and has published extensively on the German dictatorships. As part of the ‘Compromised Identities’ project, she is currently writing a book about how ‘bystander societies’ are formed.
Stephanie Bird is Professor of German Studies at UCL. She is particularly interested in the novel, narrative technique, literary theory and theories of gender. Her contribution to ‘Compromised Identities’ will be a book on postwar literary and cultural representations of complicity in the crimes of Nazism, including films, novels, and video games.
Stefanie Rauch is a Research Associate at the UCL Centre for Collective Violence, Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Her contribution to the project explores post-war oral testimonies, and examines how individuals later reflect on, evaluate, and interpret their behaviours, attitudes, and (compromised) identities in past and present once the moral and normative parameters have shifted.
Christoph Thonfeld is a Research Associate at the UCL Centre for Collective Violence, Holocaust and Genocide Studies. He investigates how perpetrators – German and Austrian staff connected to the Nazi German extermination camp at Treblinka as well as camps and ghettos under the rule of the SS and Police Leader in Lublin – perceived and presented themselves as moral agents during and after the Nazi era and how these perceptions and representations were then (re-)negotiated within the three respective post-war successor societies (West/East Germany and Austria).
Helen Roche was formerly a Research Associate at the UCL Centre for Collective Violence, Holocaust and Genocide Studies in 2018, where she worked on an article exploring war crimes trials of Nazi perpetrators in comparative perspective. She is now Assistant Professor in Modern European Cultural History at the University of Durham.