2014 International Workshop for PhD Candidates from North America and Israel: Researching the Holocaust


2014 International Workshop for PhD Candidates from North America and Israel:

Researching the Holocaust

University of Southern California

May 26-30, 2014

From May 26 – May 30, 2014, the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research partnered with the Shapell-Guerin Chair in Jewish Studies at USC and the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem for its second biennial International Workshop for PhD Candidates from North America and Israel. Titled “Researching the Holocaust,” the workshop facilitated research opportunities and support for ten PhD candidates whose respective dissertation foci all mandated extensive Holocaust research.


After two days of research and with additional research time regularly allocated throughout, the candidates spent three days presenting their dissertation projects. Every research project received intensive extended discussion by their peers as well as from the facilitators of this workshop: Wolf Gruner, the inaugural director of the Center for Advanced Genocide Research, and Dan Michman, head of Yad Vashem's International Institute for Holocaust Research. Suggestions and recommendations on the projects, as well as on sources, literature and methodology came also from Sharon Gillerman (HUC), Michael Bazyler (Chapman University), Dan Leshem (CAGR), Paul Lerner (USC) and other scholars.




2014 Workshop Participants


Kimberly Allar, Clark University – Training Nazi Camp Guards: Dachau Ravensbrück, and Trawniki in Comparison


Laura Brade, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Between Community and Emigration: The Transformation of the Jewish Religious Community in Prague, 1939-1941


Rachel Deblinger, University of California, Los Angeles – “In a world still trembling”: American Jewish Philanthropy and the Shaping of Holocaust Survivor Narratives in Postwar America, 1945-1953


David Deutsch, Ben-Gurion University – The Politics of Intimacy and Empathy Under Nazi Mass Murders


Beth Healey, Northwestern University – The Royal Warrant War Crimes Trials in British-Occupied Postwar Germany


Orna Keren-Carmel, Tel Aviv University – The Rescue of Danish Jewry in Israel Historiography and the Culture of Memory, 1943-2010


Daniel Lerner Naor, Bar-Ilan University – The Jewish-Communists' Underground in France: A Unique Venue of Jewish Resistance to the Nazis and Their Collaborators, 1940-1944


Audrey Mallet, Concordia University – The Paradoxical Experience of Jews in Vichy Under Vichy


Daniela Ozacky-Stern, Haifa University – The Jewish Partisans in Lithuania, 1941-1944


Irene Resenly, University of Wisconsin–Madison – Holocaust Teacher Education Across Contexts: A Collaborative Project with Schools and Museums


CAGR PhD Candidates Workshop 2014