Meet the WARLUX Team

Who is behind WARLUX?

Warlux team – Sarah Maya Vercruysse, Nina Janz, Michel Romain Pauly (from left to right)

Sarah Maya Vercruysse and Michel Romain Pauly are doctoral researchers in WARLUX project at the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH).

Sarah Maya holds a Master’s degree in History from the KU Leuven (2013). During that year she was also an exchange student at the Universität Erfurt in Germany. Her master thesis focused on the relationships between Belgian political prisoners from KZ Mittelbau-Dora during and after the war (1943-2012).

Before starting at C2DH, she worked as a Research Assistant at the KU Leuven (2018-2019) and at the Museum for Archaeology and Ethnology at the Simon Fraser University in Vancouver (2019-2020). Her main research interests are Contemporary History of Europe and WW2 History.

Her research focuses on the impact of the forced conscriptions and recruitments on the Luxembourgish families and communities.

Michel holds a binational bachelor’s degree from the University of Strasbourg and the University of Bamberg in History, during which he spent a semester at the University of Basel. He returned to Luxembourg to complete a master’s degree in European Contemporary History at the University of Luxembourg. During his studies, he focused on Luxembourgish military history, specifically the Fräiwëllegekompanie (Volunteers’ Company), the predecessor of the Luxembourg Army, during the Second World War.

Since March 2020, he is focusing on the war experience of the conscripts at the front and the labourer camps.

Dr Nina Janz is a postdoctoral research associate in the project “WARLUX” – Soldiers and their communities in WWII: The impact and legacy of war experiences in Luxembourg.

Previously, Nina worked on the project in History of Justice at C²DH. She prepared inventories and the digitization of relevant records, especially from the time of WW II and war crimes trials after 1944 in the Archives nationales de Luxembourg and in the Parquet général du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg.

Nina studied Archival Science in Marburg, European history in Hagen and Haifa/Israel.

She worked as an archivist at the German Federal Archive, in Koblenz and Berlin and at the Military Archive in Freiburg, where she managed requests and inquiries concerning the Wehrmacht, WW II and the fate of POW and other Nazi victims. She supported projects in digitalizing and preservation of documents and worked in a project of the German Historical Moscow to digitalize records of Soviet POW.

After her archival career, Nina began her doctorate at the University of Hamburg in cultural anthropology about the impact of death and violence and the memory of WW II in the post-war period in Germany and Russia. She was a visiting fellow at the State University of St. Petersburg, the Institute for High Technology/Institute for Oral History in Voronezh and at the American Institute for German Contemporary Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C.

Nina`s research focus lies on the commemoration aspects of military dead/war dead and war cemeteries in Germany and Russia, the Holocaust in Eastern Europe and on cultural aspects on the Wehrmacht and military violence during WW II. And secondly, her research interests cover the classical historical research in archives and libraries, digital methods and innovations and the questions of digital preservation and accessibility of historical documents.

Supported is the team by Prof. Denis Scuto, the PI of WARLUX, Dr Christoph Brüll and Dr Juliane Tatarinov.


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