EHRI Newsletter - April 2018
Holocaust Memorial Budapest

3-7 September 2018. Location: Central European University, Budapest

Deadline for Applications: 15 May 2018

We invite applications for the international EHRI-Seminar Researching and Remembering the Holocaust in Central Europe – New Sources, Methods and Approaches, held in Budapest, Hungary, from 3rd until 7th September 2018. The Seminar is organized by EHRI partners the Center for Holocaust-Studies at the Institute for Contemporary History (Munich) in cooperation with the Polish Center for Holocaust Research (Warsaw) and the Department of Gender Studies of Central European University (Budapest).

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EHRI workshop

4-5 September 2018 I Location: King’s College London

Building on successful past collaborations, the Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe (RFHE) and the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) are pleased to announce their joint 2018 Digital Humanities Interdisciplinary Methods Workshop on Jewish Heritage Records and Digital Humanities. The workshop, which will take place on 4-5 September 2018 at King’s College London in the Department of Digital Humanities, aims to expose early career scholars and heritage professionals to a range of digital techniques that might be applied both within the field of academic Jewish Studies and within memory institutions managing Jewish heritage records. The workshop will introduce participants to digital tools and methods that may help them to structure, present and gain insights from their data.

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Letter by: Nyura (Anna) Rabinovich

Deadline for applications: 31 May 2018

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. Two rounds of the course are scheduled to take place in the coming months. With original documents and interviews with leading historians, it offers a comprehensive insight into various primary sources essential for Holocaust research.

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Yad Vashem

From the Living Room to the World-Wide Web: Documenting, Uploading and Utilizing Holocaust Testimonies in the Digital Age

11-15 November 2018 I Location: Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Israel

We would like to invite those working in archives and those working with Holocaust Testimonies (survivor, rescuer, bystander as well as perpetrator testimonies) to submit their applications for the international EHRI seminar: From the Living Room to the World-Wide Web: Documenting, Uploading and Utilizing Holocaust Testimonies in the Digital Age to be held at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, 11-15 November 2018.

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ITS Document

Documents as Primary Sources with Potential for Holocaust Research

November, 19-21 2018 (subject to reaction on CfP) Location: International Tracing Service, Bad Arolsen, Germany

This workshop will focus on collections of person-related records such as registries, forms, applications documents from before and after the Holocaust. Those are seen as a specific type of primary source (similar to photos, videos, etc.), unique in their potential for Holocaust research and as an example for the challenges of improving archival access. The aim is to discuss best practises in dealing with such sources from the archival and scholarly perspective as well as the perspective of information sciences.

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Anna Ullrich

By the time I reached High School my interest in the history of National Socialism and particularly the history of the Holocaust had already been sparked, thanks to engaged teachers, study trips to memorial sites and meeting survivors. There was no doubt that this would also become a focal point of my study once I became a student in history, political and media science at the University of Trier in 2006. My master thesis focused on the Zionist newspaper "Jüdische Rundschau" and its news coverage during the first years of National Socialism. Shortly afterwards, in 2012, I was admitted to the Leibniz Graduate School "Disappointment during the 20th century. Loss of utopia, denial, renegotiation", hosted by the Institute for Contemporary History (IfZ) and the Ludwig-Maximilians University, both located in Munich.

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In the latest EHRI-Document Blog post, Micha Knoester, MA Student Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Uppsala University, analyses an eyewitness report about the Kindertransport that left from Vienna in 1938. The report is from The Wiener Library archives. It is placed in the societal context of that time and in-depth information is given about several rescue organizations in Vienna mentioned in the report. Additionally, the author talks about the document's interesting use of language and asks a number of relevant questions.

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In 2017, the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) embarked on a special mission: To find out how to reach out to a broader audience than our current one.

Although EHRI is in principle open to everyone, it is probably true that most of our resources and activities are more geared towards a professional crowd of researchers, archivists, information and cultural heritage specialists and digital humanists. This goes for the EHRI Portal that gives access to Holocaust-related sources, but perhaps even more for the EHRI workshops, seminars and fellowships. The EHRI Document Blog is one way of trying to connect to a wider audience.

However the Holocaust and its lessons is a subject that touches society as a whole. EHRI therefore would like to translate some of what it has to offer to communities outside of academia. Of course in an indirect way, EHRI already reaches more people than just its core users. After all, the professionals who use our infrastructure often disseminate their research findings widely, by writing books or blog posts, through films or exhibitions.

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