CFA: International Research Workshop on the International Tracing Service Collections for Scholars from Countries of the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe

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Call for Applications: International Research Workshop on the International Tracing Service Collections for Scholars from Countries of the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe

Organized by The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the International Tracing Service, Bad Arolsen, Germany

Monday, August 6 – Friday, August 17, 2018

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) and the International Tracing Service (ITS), Bad Arolsen, Germany invite applications for the International Research Workshop on the International Tracing Service Collections for Scholars from Countries of the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. This workshop will bring together in Washington, DC a group of researchers, faculty, and graduate students at universities located in eastern European and former Soviet countries to introduce them to the holdings of the USHMM, with particular focus on the scholarly potential of the ITS Digital Archive. Participants will be afforded an extended opportunity for discussion and feedback on their research projects, as well as ample time to conduct research in the Museum’s collections. USHMM and ITS staff experts will offer guidance on utilizing Museum resources relevant to each participant’s specific research project.

The ITS in Bad Arolsen, Germany holds one of the largest archival collections related to Nazi persecution, the Holocaust, and postwar migration, and the USHMM is one of seven repositories worldwide that host a digital copy. Consisting of nearly 200 million digital images, the ITS holdings relate to millions of people subjected to incarceration, forced labor, displacement, or death as a result of World War II; to their persecutors; to witnesses and accomplices; and to the countries and agencies that addressed victims’ needs at war’s end. The ITS collections include documentation concerning the fates of 17 million people, including Jews and hundreds of thousands of forced laborers from eastern Europe and the Soviet Union who became displaced persons after World War II.

Previous experience conducting research in USHMM collections or with the ITS Digital Archive is not required for application, but those with topics especially rich for exploration within the ITS holdings are encouraged. For example, these might include, but are not limited to: (1) the experiences of eastern European Jews under Nazi oppression; (2) forced and slave laborers from the Soviet Union and eastern Europe in the German war economy; and (3) the postwar experiences of Jewish and gentile Displaced Persons and refugees from eastern Europe and the Soviet Union.

Applications are welcome from researchers, faculty, and graduate students affiliated with universities and institutions in countries of the former Soviet Union and eastern Europe that do not have a national copy of the ITS Digital Archive (note: Poland is a copy-holder). Applicants working in all relevant academic disciplines will be considered, including anthropology, archaeology, art history, geography, film studies, history, Jewish studies, law, literature, material culture, philosophy, political science, religion, sociology, and others, as will candidates developing topic proposals for MA theses and PhD dissertations.

Participants will be expected to submit a research proposal (no more than 10 pages) one month prior to the start of the workshop for circulation among the participants. Daily sessions will include presentations of research proposals followed by discussion, as well as the opportunity for participants to acquaint themselves with the Museum’s library, oral history, film, photo, art, artifacts, memoir collections, Holocaust survivor database, and more than 100 million pages of Holocaust-related archival documents, as well as nearly 200 million images in the ITS Digital Archive.

TO APPLY

  1. A Letter of Interest (no more than two pages), written by the applicant, describing his or her research project on the Holocaust and the Soviet Union or eastern Europe.
  2. A current Curriculum Vitae outlining the applicant’s qualifications (including previous coursework, projects, presentations, and publications).
  3. A Letter of Recommendation (for graduate students) addressing the applicant’s scholarly potential

Recommendation letters may be written in English, Russian, or Ukrainian; all other application materials must be in English.

Please submit all application materials via email, fax, or mail to:

Elizabeth Anthony, PhD

International Tracing Service and Partnerships Program Manager

Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW

Washington, D.C. 20024-2126

+1 202 488 0434 (Telephone)

+1 202 479 9726 (Fax)

eanthony@ushmm.org

Elana Jakel, PhD

Program Manager, Initiative for the Study of Ukrainian Jewry

Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW

Washington, D.C. 20024-2126

+1 202 314 7814 (Telephone)

+1 202 479 9726 (Fax)

ejakel@ushmm.org

All materials must be received by Wednesday, February 15, 2018. Selected participants will be notified by Wednesday, March 15, 2018.

Organizers will cover the cost of economy class travel to and from the participant’s home institution and Washington, DC; lodging for the seminar’s duration; and $600 toward the cost of meals, local transit, luggage surcharges, and other incidental expenses, which will be distributed after the workshop’s conclusion via international wire. Participants are required to attend the full duration of the seminar in order to receive these financial benefits.

The workshop will be conducted in English.

This seminar is made possible by the major support of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, with additional support from the Manya Friedman Memorial Fund and Edie and David Blitzstein, in memory of Kurt and Thea Sonnenmark.