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Forced laborers constructing the wall around the Kraków ghetto, 1941. US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Instytut Pamieci Narodowej

2021 Ina Levine Annual Lecture at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: Hidden Histories: What Digital Technology Reveals about Jews and Germans in Occupied Kraków

18/06/2021

Dr. Paul B. Jaskot,  Ina Levine Invitational Scholar, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Duke University will give the 2021 Ina Levine Annual Lecture at 7 p.m. EDT on June 23rd. 

Forced into a ghetto during the Nazi occupation, Kraków’s Jewish residents lived in overcrowded buildings, isolated from the rest of the city by fences and a wall. They endured forced labor and were deprived of basic needs like food and sanitation. By contrast, the Nazi perpetrators dominated the rest of the city, benefiting from their power, privilege, and exploitation of Jews. What was their aim?

Learn how digital maps and models, combined with a Holocaust survivor’s diary and other traditional primary sources, expand what is known about the overlap in victims’ experiences and perpetrators’ plans.

This virtual program is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Register to receive a link to view the program.

For more information, please contact calendar@ushmm.org.

The Ina Levine Invitational Scholar Award is endowed by the William S. and Ina Levine Foundation of Phoenix, Arizona.

Online Edition Diplomatic Reports

New EHRI Online Edition "Diplomatic Reports" | How Diplomatic Staff Reported the Persecution and Murder of European Jews

08/06/2021

The online edition "Diplomatic Reports" focuses on how diplomatic staff reported the persecution and murder of European Jews during World War II. It contains documents by the diplomatic staff of (temporary) allies, opponents as well as neutral countries, reporting from countries under German occupation. Next to the documents and translations, the edition offers an introduction to the countries the diplomatic staff came from, highlighting their diplomatic relations before and during the war, the general character of the reports and the role that the persecution of the Jews played in them.

EHRI Document Blog Post The Lost Jews of Stettin

New Document Blog | The Lost Jews of Stettin: A Revealing Letter from 1942

03/06/2021

A new EHRI Document Blog post by Judith Haran analyses a document from Harvard Law School’s extensive collection of documents from the Nuremberg trials. This letter, that was not used in any of the Nuremberg trials, includes an 11-page list of 280 deceased Jews deported from Stettin in February 1940. By inquiring the purpose of this list, the post follows the history of the deportation of more than 1,000 Jews leaving from Stettin and the fate of the deportees.

Judith Haran has been analyzing documents for the Nuremberg Project at Harvard Law School since 2017.

Read the Document Blog Post

VWI Workshop

EHRI Partner | ONLINE EVENT: Simon Wiesenthal Workshop "The Fantastic Afterlives of the Holocaust"

01/06/2021

EHRI Partner the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) organises an online workshop "The Fantastic Afterlives of the Holocaust" from 16-18 June 2021. You can follow the workshop online via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0pcOCtpz4uEtC5uD2UIgvp1nFAsvERSUSw.

Ghosts, apparitions, phantoms, demons, monsters, and miracles all inhabit postwar references to the Holocaust. They constitute recurrent, though often neglected, tropes in testimonies and memoirs of survivors, but also increasingly come to the fore in contemporary engagements with the Holocaust. Fantastic, spectral, supernatural, monstrous, and uncanny figures permeate personal accounts of the Holocaust that stretch across generational boundaries, inform artistic and literary practices, and, as a recent development, also academic writing. Whether as incarnations of “ultimate evil”, concoctions of post-Holocaust imaginations, or figurations of its continuous relevance and resonance, their presence establishes a set of new themes through which to address the Holocaust and its experiential, affective, cultural, and political impact.

Book Je vous écris d'Auschwitz

EHRI Partner | New Publication "Je vous écris d'Auschwitz"

25/05/2021

Karen Taïeb, who is Head of Archives at EHRI partner Mémorial de la Shoah, has published a book based on letters written in Auschwitz to family members still in France. This collection of letters from the archive of the French institute, has never been published before. Karen Taïeb thus unveils for the first time a little-known part of the history of the Shoah, while honoring the victims.

"Mes chers, je suis dans un camp de travail et je vais bien…"

EU Funding

Apply for EU Funding | New Calls for Proposals

10/05/2021

The new CERV programme is finally here and new calls for proposals are waiting for you! Deadline 22 June 2021.

The European Commission has published six calls of the new Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programme (CERV). The EC is looking forward to fund good projects that will support and promote fundamental rights and Union values, citizen’s engagement and participation, democracy and rule of law, equality and fight against discriminations gender-based violence and violence against vulnerable people. Six new calls for proposal for action grants and two specific for operating grants are now open.

The Call for Proposals on European Remembrance is especially of interest to the EHRI community. 

Exhibition Wiener Library

EHRI Partner | New Exhibition Wiener Holocaust Library "Death Marches: Evidence and Memory"

04/05/2021

New Exhibition: Death Marches: Evidence and Memory | At The Wiener Holocaust Library, London, UK | Opening 18 May 2021

Towards the end of the Second World War, hundreds of thousands of prisoners still held within the Nazi camp system were forcibly evacuated in terrible conditions under heavy guard. Many of these chaotic, and brutal, evacuations became known as ‘death marches’ by those who endured them. They form the last ruthless chapter of the Nazi genocide, one that is little-known or understood.

Virtual Workshop

EHRI Partners | Call for Papers for a Workshop on "Archives, Power, and Truth Telling: Catholic Archives and Holocaust Memory"

03/05/2021

Virtual workshop with Boston College, and EHRI partners US Holocaust Memorial Museum and Yad Vashem

Sunday October 17–Tuesday October 19, 2021

Please submit proposals by May 15, 2021

The Programs on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem, and the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College are pleased to announce a virtual workshop on Archives, Power, and Truth Telling: Catholic Archives and Holocaust Memory. In light of the 2020 opening of the Vatican archives relating to the Pontificate of Pius XII, papers are invited that present and discuss new, previously unpublished, and in-process archival research on the Catholic Church and the Holocaust, as well as theoretical and conceptual papers on the possibilities and limitations of archival research for scholarship, truth-telling, and memory.

EHRI Document Blog

New EHRI Document Blog | Talking about Sexualised Violence

28/04/2021

The Presentation of Rape and Male Power in an Oral-History Interview

This new EHRI Blog post, written by former EHRI fellow Florian Zabransky, analyses two seemingly unrelated incidents in an oral-history interview, dealing with topics of intimacy and sexualised violence. The interview with Michael Begum, the case study of this blog entry, was conducted on 19 October 1996 in Los Angeles in English. He was born on the 22nd of June 1922 in a small shtetl called Parafjanava around 150km north of Minsk (then the Soviet Union, today Belarus). The interview is part of the Visual History Archive of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, the biggest archive of oral-history interviews of Jews and other survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides.

Online General Partner Meeting

General Partner Meeting | A Permanent European Holocaust Research Infrastructure Is Taking Shape

22/04/2021

Two-Day Online Meetings Show Progress Is Being Made Despite Covid-19

EHRI Co-Director Reto Speck was clearly pleased to see almost 70 participants on the familiar Zoom screen for the third General Partner Meeting of the EHRI Preparatory Phase Project. He started with a thank you for everyone’s commitment and for the progress that has been made even though the Covid-19 crisis has imposed difficulties for almost all involved.

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