News and Events

Zsuzsanna Ozsváth & Frederick Turner read from their new book

Zsuzsanna Ozsváth & Frederick TurnerDr. Zsuzsanna Ozsváth and Dr. Fred Turner will be presenting a reading from their new book, Light Within the Shade, Eight Hundred Years of Hungarian Poetry on Wednesday, October 22nd at 5pm in JO3.516. This event is free and open to the public.




2014 Einspruch Lectures: Prof. Wendy Lower

Dr. Wendy Lower will present the Fall 2014 Einspruch Lecture Series in October. Dr. Lower, the John K. Roth Professor of History at Claremont McKenna College, has published numerous texts in the field of Holocaust Studies. Her most recent work, Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields, has received praise for its ground-breaking work in the study of women perpetrators of the Holocaust.

Dr. Lower will be presenting two lectures: “Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields” on Sunday, October 26, 4 p.m., and “Traitors to the Homeland: Nazi Collaborators and Soviet Trials in Ukraine” on Monday, October 27, 9 a.m..


Calls for Applications

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies is now accepting applications for the 2015 Summer Graduate Research Assistant Program. Proposals are welcome from students in all relevant academic disciplines. Applicants must be accepted to or currently enrolled in a master's program or in their first year of a PhD program.

The Center for Holocaust Studies at the Institute for Contemporary History in Germany and the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the USHMM are pleased to announce support for an exchange of scholars-in-residence. This exchange is designed for PhD candidates, early postdoctoral researchers, and junior faculty members for the purpose of furthering German- American partnership and commitment to cutting-edge, Holocaust-related research. Complete competition guidelines and eligibility requirements are available online.


New Role for Cindy Seton-Rogers at the Ackerman Center

The Ackerman Center is delighted to welcome Cindy Seton-Rogers as our new Communications Specialist.  Mrs. Seton-Rogers has an M.A. in History of Ideas with a graduate certificate in Holocaust Studies, and previously worked for the Center as a research assistant for five years.


Saul Kagan Claims Conference Fellowship for Advanced Shoah Studies

Fellowship opportunitiy for Ph.D. and Post-Doctoral Candidates conducting research on the Holocaust. A limited number of fellowships are being awarded by The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference), with a maximum award of $20,000 annually.

Click here for more information.


Opportunity to travel to Holocaust sites in Poland and Hungary

The SMU Embrey Human Rights Program has announced its list of travel opportunities for 2014-2015, which includes trips to Poland and Hungary to study the history of the Holocaust. 




World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship Competition

The Smith Richardson Foundation has announced its annual grant competition to support Ph.D. dissertation research on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, strategic studies, area studies, and diplomatic and military history. For further information and application procedures, please email


Seminar Opportunity at the USHMM: The Holocaust in the Soviet Union

A Research Introduction to the Holocaust in the Soviet Union
Washington, DC : January 5–9, 2015

For more information, please visit the seminar’s website here

Applications due September 30, 2014.


The 2014 Arthur and Rochelle Belfer National Conference for Educators at USHMM July 13-15

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will host the 2014 Arthur and Rochelle Belfer National Conference for Educators in two sections this July at the Museum.  The English Language Arts section runs July 13-15 and the Social Studies section runs July 16-18.  The conference is free of charge and open to secondary educators, community college faculty, and university faculty who are interested in teaching about the Holocaust in core content and methodology courses.  Educators of all levels of experience in teaching about the Holocaust are welcomed to attend.

To register online and for more information about the conference, please visit


2014 Article Prize Competition - Dapim – Studies on the Holocaust

The academic journal Dapim – Studies on the Holocaust has announced the 2014 Article Prize Competition. Submissions are invited in all areas of Holocaust Studies. A prize of $600 will be awarded to the best article as selected by a panel of judges.  The competition is open to graduate students as well as established scholars who are working on the history of the holocaust and its aftermath.  Articles may cover the era of the Holocaust broadly from the prewar history to current events, and focus on topics such as Nazi policies against the Jews and other racial and genocidal programs, Jewish responses to Nazism (in and outside of Europe), anti-Semitism, racism, Nazi propaganda, ghettos and camps, European collaboration, war crimes trials, survivor testimony, memorialization and museology, etc.

Guidelines for submission are available at


Article Published by a PhD Student in the Holocaust Studies Program

Jessica Braccio, who is currently in her second year of her PhD with a concentration in History of Ideas, has had her article entitled “The Destruction of Jewish Femininity and Motherhood in Auschwitz” published in the current issue of the study and research scientific journal “Holocaust.” Abstract:

This paper examines Sara Nomberg-Przytyk’s True Tales from a Grotesque Land to show that two very strong motifs emerge: the assault and destruction of Jewish Femininity (and general) and motherhood.  The assault on femininity manifests through the degradation of the human body, promoting a loss of dignity, even at times at the hands of other women. Arguably, then, the attacks on femininity are also an attack on motherhood.  In both cases the ultimate goal for the Nazis was to destroy Jewish culture.

To supplement my argument, I use the theoretical works of Judith Butler and R.W.Connell in my analysis of the destruction of femininity not only of the Jewish prisoners but also the Jewish guards in Auschwitz. I draw on Butler’s ideas regarding the destruction of gender norms (as they apply to women), as well as R.W. Connell’s views hegemonic and subordinate masculinities as they apply to femininity. The eventual degradation of femininity leads to the destruction of Jewish motherhood.  To further explain this phenomenon, I employ the theoretical work of David Patterson, who contends that the Nazis knowingly attacked Jewish motherhood because the Jewish belief in God the Mother is intimately connected to God the Father.  To destroy the mother, is thus an attack on the Jewish God. Additionally, the paper shows that the Nazis attempted to eradicate Jewish motherhood by destroying what is most precious to the Jewish people, children.

This program is supported by the Albert Abramson Family Foundation.



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Last Updated: 1/8/2014