CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: USHMM & Yad Vashem - Research Workshop

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Research Workshop
Religious Institutions and Jews in Hiding during the Holocaust


July 21 – July 25, 2019

Yad Vashem, Jerusalem


The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and The International Institute for Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem invite scholars, including PhD candidates, to submit applications to take part in an international research workshop at Yad Vashem on religious institutions and networks that hid or offered assistance to Jews across Europe during the Holocaust. Although scholarship has investigated such cases in Catholic monasteries, convents, and schools, there is still a lack of general knowledge and a comprehensive picture about religious institutions in most European countries.  The workshop will also look at the reasons for not hiding Jews and issues connected to denunciations, as well as matters concerning archival materials held in religious institutions. We especially welcome applications from scholars working on these topics in Christian Orthodox and Protestant institutions, as well as Roman Catholic. Our goals are to better understand the dynamics of rescue and assistance by religious actors in their institutions and networks (as opposed to individual actions) and to discuss methods and best practices for gaining access to and researching in religious institutions’ archives.


Applicants should propose papers based on new research, including works-in-progress. Submissions may focus on local, regional, national, or transnational cases. Papers will be pre-circulated to all participants. The workshop proceedings and the papers will be in English. Travel costs, accommodations, and some meals will be covered for accepted participants.


Please complete the application form and upload supporting documents here. If the link does not work, please copy and paste this URL into a browser: 


1)      a 1-2 page CV

2)      a short description of your proposed paper (300 words)        

3)      a short explanation of the stage of your research (i.e. work-in-progress, new paper, or previously published)


Applications are due by February 15, 2019. Accepted applicants will be notified by March 1, 2019.


The workshop organizers are Dr. Rebecca Carter-Chand, Program Officer, Programs on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust, USHMM, and Mr. Eliot Nidam-Orvieto, Head, Academic Affairs Section, Yad Vashem,