CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Interactive EHRI Online Course in Holocaust Studies

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The EHRI (European Holocaust Research Infrastructure) Project offers places in an interactive Online Course on “The Holocaust through the Perspective of Primary Sources” designed by EHRI-Partner Yad Vashem. The next course will begin on September 2017. With original documents and interviews with leading historians, it offers a comprehensive insight into various primary sources essential for Holocaust research. Discussions among the participants will be supervised and supported, with written assignments guaranteeing a high scientific standard.

This Online Course is aimed at the graduate level (i.e. those holding a BA-degree or higher qualification) and offers a unique opportunity for scholars from a variety of disciplines (historians, sociologists, psychologists, anthropologists and others interested in the Holocaust) as well as archivists working in fields connected with historical archival research. The places in the Seminar will be awarded on a competitive basis.

Please send your application, consisting of a CV (2 pages max), publication list (2 pages max., if applicable) and a short motivational letter (1 page max) to:

The deadline for applications to take part in this interactive EHRI Online Course is 1 July 2017.

A word about this wonderful EHRI online course.

I am now completing this course after initially debating whether it might simply repeat information about topics with which I am already acquainted. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

I can't tell you how glad I am that I did it. I'll share just a few reasons but, instead of getting too specific, I invite any of you to be in touch with me by email if you have any questions about some of the especially interesting parts of this course on primary sources.

1. Despite being acquainted with the work of many of the scholars who “spoke” to us, we had the opportunity to hear the most recent takes of these scholars on Holocaust related topics who -- not surprisingly -- have evolved in their thinking. Through high-quality video, it provided a chance to "sit down" with so many whose work I have long admired – Yehuda Bauer, Samuel Kassow, Lawrence Langer, Christopher Browning, Jürgen Matthäus, Martin Dean -- and to get to know some other extraordinary scholars whose work I only knew a little about-- Havi Dreifuss, Giles Bennett, Frank Bajohr, Jürgen Matthäus, Joel Zisenwine, Yaacov Borut, lael Nidam-Orvieto and Robert Rozett.

2. While I was well aware of the many ways the topic is still fruitfully evolving, I’m not sure I fully appreciated some of the directions in which young scholars are taking the field. And why should I have? This field is changing quickly and, while some of the larger, macro conclusions about the events (especially from the perpetrator’s perspective) seem fairly well-established, newly appreciated and discovered survivor/victim primary sources are keeping the field incredibly fresh and vital. The course introduced me to some of those.

3. Finally, the fact that I already teach related topics made it possible for me to point out things to graduate students who were also participating, which I found extremely satisfying. i.e. books, monographs, films with which they were not acquainted.

Last point: Our guides through the material – scholars and educators at Yad Vashem and EHRI, and others from archives and universities around the world -- could not have been more responsive and indispensable.

It’s definitely worth exploring, a wonderful experience. And given how so many of us on this list -- from grad students to experienced academics -- slowly tend to move into our specialize niches, it was a great opportunity to peek inside some of the niches in which others have been doing such fascinating work and see all that we may have obscured by our own specialization

Steven Gorelick, PhD
Distinguished Lecturer
Hunter College, CUNY