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Dr. Nina Janz


Nina Janz is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Fellow, currently engaged in the "TransWarSoldierWWII" project (September 2023 - August 2025). Her research centers on delving into the wartime experiences of conscripts and volunteers originating from the BeNeLux countries during World War II. This study seeks to enrich our comprehension of individual biographies among foreign soldiers from a transnational perspective. By approaching this topic from a new angle, it aspires to stimulate scholarly and public discourse regarding the participation of non-German soldiers and their intricate roles in the war. The goal is to provide a profound and critical analysis that transcends conventional nation-state narratives.

Prior to her current project, Nina coordinated the "Project WARLUX" at the University of Luxembourg, focusing on the profound impact of war experiences on forcibly conscripted soldiers within the German armed forces during WWII. Nina holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Hamburg University, awarded in 2019. Her academic background includes Modern European History (M.A., Hagen University) and Archival Science (B.A., University of Applied Sciences Marburg). Her research interests encompass Military History of the German Army, the commemoration of fallen soldiers in Russia and Germany, exhumations of soldiers KIA, and POWs in German, Soviet, and Allied captivity. Over the years, she has undertaken research fellowships at institutions such as the State University in St. Petersburg, Haifa University, the American German Institute/John Hopkins University, and the Centre of Oral History of High Technology in Voronezh.

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