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A.A.G. (Alexander) Williams

PhD Candidate and Lecturer on the Holocaust and Nazi Germany
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Alexander Williams is a PhD candidate at the Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG), University of Groningen. By focusing on survivor testimonies concerning the former the Aktion Reinhardt extermination camps—Bełżec, Sobibór and Treblinka—his research explores why extermination camp inmates narrate themselves as spectral entities; as human ghosts who viewed themselves as belonging neither to the living nor the dead. By analysing the spatiotemporal narrative elements within these testimonies, utilising methodologies inspired by philosophy, history, and astrophysics he attempts to answer why this was so. Prior to receiving his Research Master’s degree in Literary Studies from the University of Amsterdam in 2020, Alexander worked as a teacher and guidance counselor at a vocational college. He is also affiliated with the Dutch Sobibor Foundation and co-manages the European Journal of Life Writing.
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Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26
9712 EK Groningen
The Netherlands