Daan de Leeuw is a PhD Candidate at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University, United States. Daan studies Dutch Jewish slave laborers during the second half of World War II (1942-1945); he analyzes the movement of these Jewish slave laborers through the concentration camp system and how these relocations affected the social structure among prisoners. He maps the routes of individual deportees and follows their journeys through the concentration camps. Daan holds a BA (cum laude) and MA (cum laude) in History from the University of Amsterdam. Before coming to Clark University, he worked at NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam as research assistant and as Project Manager of EHRI (European Holocaust Research Infrastructure).
An article based on his award-winning MA thesis about physicians as perpetrators of human subject research was published as ““In the Name of Humanity”: Nazi Doctors and Human Experiments in German Concentration Camps” in the journal Holocaust and Genocide Studies (2020). An article pertaining to his doctoral research, “Mapping Jewish Slave Laborers’ Trajectories Through Concentration Camps” will be published in the Arolsen Research Series (2022).
Daan has been awarded several fellowships and research grants, including a Yad Vashem Summer Research Fellowship for PhD Students, a Prince Bernhard Cultural Fund Grant, a Junior Fellowship at the Center for Holocaust Studies at the Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History, a 2021-2022 Ben and Zelda Cohen Fellowship at the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and an EHRI Conny Kristel Fellowship.