A Research Introduction to the Holocaust in the Soviet Union


A Research Introduction to the Holocaust in the Soviet Union.

Seminar for Advanced Undergraduate, MA, and Early PhD Students

Applications due September 30, 2014.

January 5–9, 2015
Washington, DC

Call for Applications

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum invites applications for the seminar “A Research Introduction to the Holocaust in the Soviet Union.” This seminar will be held between January 5 and 9, 2015, at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

The objective of the seminar is to acquaint advanced undergraduate, MA, and early PhD students 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 scholars will lead discussions, and the seminar will include group analysis of many of the types of primary source material available in the Museum’s collections. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to explore the Museum’s extensive library, archival, and other collections.

Application Requirements

The Museum welcomes applications from advanced undergraduates, MA, or early PhD students who are enrolled in relevant academic disciplines at North American colleges and universities. Applications must be submitted in English 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.

Participants are required to attend the full duration of the seminar, which will end at noon on Friday, January 9. A maximum of 20 participants will be accepted. Awards include (1) a stipend toward the cost of direct travel to and from each participant’s home institution and Washington, DC; (2) shared lodging for the seminar’s duration; and (3) $250 toward the cost of meals, local transit, luggage surcharges, and other incidental expenses, which will be distributed after the seminar’s conclusion via direct deposit. Local participants from the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area will receive a stipend of $125 for the week.

To Apply

Application materials may be sent by mail, fax, or e-mail attachment to:

Elana Jakel, PhD
Program Director of the Initiative for the Study of Ukrainian Jewry
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW
Washington, DC 20024-2126
(tel) 202.314.7814
(fax) 202.479.9726


Faculty recommendations must be signed letters of nomination on their institution’s letterhead under a separate cover.

All application materials must be received by Tuesday, September 30, 2014.

Selected participants will be notified by November 1, 2014.