Laurien Vastenhout is researcher and lecturer at NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam (PhD 2020). Her field of specialisation is the history of the Second World War, and specifically the persecution of the Jews in Western Europe. Her research projects are comparative and transnational in nature. She has co-coordinated several photography projects and exhibitions. In recent years, she has done extensive research on the creation and functioning of Jewish representative bodies during Nazi occupation (‘Jewish Councils’). Her monograph Between Community and Collaboration: The ‘Jewish Councils’ of Western Europe is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press (CUP).