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Call for Applications: Historiography and Sources of the Holocaust in the Soviet Union

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the International Center for the History and Sociology of World War II and its Consequences at the National Research University - Higher School of Economics in Moscow invite applications for the seminar “Historiography and Sources of the Holocaust in the Soviet Union.”  This seminar, for which the working languages will be Russian and/or English, will be held between June 8 and 10, 2015, at the National Research University - Higher School of Economics in Moscow. 

Call for Applications: Historiography and Sources of the Holocaust in the Soviet Union

The objective of the seminar is to acquaint advanced undergraduate, M.A., and early Ph.D. students currently enrolled in Russian universities with the central topics, issues, and sources related to the study of the Holocaust in the Soviet Union, including mass shootings, evacuation and rescue, forced labor, and issues of commemoration and memory.  Mandel Center and Higher School of Economics scholars will lead discussions onsite at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, and the seminar will include group analysis of many of the primary sources available in collections of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and in Russian archives.  In addition, participants will have the opportunity to become acquainted with the Museum’s extensive library, archival, and other collections, along with work focusing on the study of the Holocaust currently being conducted at the International Center for the History and Sociology of World War II and its Consequences.

 

The Museum welcomes applications from advanced undergraduates, M.A., or early Ph.D. students who are enrolledin relevant academic disciplines at Russian colleges and universities. 

 

Applications may be submitted in English or Russian and include: (1) a recommendation letter from a faculty member in the applicant’s department that addresses the applicant’s potential and relevant interests, background, training, and qualifications (including previous coursework, projects, publications, or language study); (2) a letter of intent from the applicant discussing his/her interest in the Holocaust in the Soviet Union; and (3) a current curriculum vitae that lists related coursework, research papers, academic presentations, and includes a qualitative description of the candidate’s foreign language skills.

 

Application materials may be sent by mail, fax, or email attachment to Dr. Daniel Newman, Program Manager of the Initiative for the Study of the Holocaust in the Soviet Union, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2126; danewman@ushmm.org; +1 202.488.781 (Telephone); +1 202.479.9726 (Fax).  Faculty recommenders must submit signed letters of nomination on their institution’s letterhead under a separate cover.  All application materials must be received by Friday, March 13, 2015.  Selected participants will be notified by April 1, 2015. 

 

Participants are required to attend the full duration of the seminar, which will end at noon on Wednesday, June 10.  A maximum of 15 participants will be accepted.  Awards include (1) a stipend toward the cost of direct travel to and from each participant’s home institution and Moscow; (2) shared lodging for the seminar’s duration; and (3) $150 toward the cost of meals, local transit, luggage surcharges, and other incidental expenses, which will be distributed after the seminar’s conclusion.