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06. October 2022 08:00 - 31. January 2023 23:00
CfP - WorkshopsThe 1952 German-Jewish Settlement and Beyond. New Perspectives on Reparations During and After the Cold War
On 10 September 1952, the Federal Republic of Germany, the State of Israel, and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany signed a historic agreement in Luxembourg, according to which Germany was to pay Israel the costs for “the heavy burden of resettling so great a num...Weiterlesen...
06. October 2022 08:00 - 13. January 2023 23:59
FellowshipsCall for Fellowships 2023/24
Fellowships 2023/24 at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) (german version below) The Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) invites applications for its fellowships for the academic year 2022/2023. The VWI is an academic institution dedicate...Weiterlesen...
06. October 2022 08:00 - 20. October 2022 23:59
ChancenDas Wiener Wiesenthal Institut für Holocaust-Studien (VWI) sucht zum sofortigen Eintritt eine:n Projektassistent:in
(Englisch below) Das EU-Projekt European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) ( EHRI ist ein multinationales Konsortium mit dem Ziel, eine nachhaltige, state-of-the-art Forschungsinfrastruktur für Holocaust-Studien zu entwickeln, Repositorien sowie d...Weiterlesen...
06. October 2022 08:00 - 06. November 2022 17:00
ChancenDas Wiener Wiesenthal Institut für Holocaust-Studien (VWI) sucht zum ehest möglichen Eintritt eine:n Archivar:in mit digitaler Expertise
(English below) Das EU-Projekt European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) EHRI ist ein multinationales Konsortium mit dem Ziel, eine nachhaltige, state-of-the-art Forschungsinfrastruktur für europäische Holocaust-Studien zu entwickeln und Reposito...Weiterlesen...
20. October 2022 18:30
Simon Wiesenthal LectureGideon Reuveni: The Phantom Giant And The No-Key Gate. The German-Jewish Settlement And The Holocaust
When on September 10, 1952, the Federal Republic of Germany, the State of Israel and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany signed a reparation agreement in Luxembourg, this settlement was considered historical. Official publications from both sides portrayed it as a...Weiterlesen...
27. October 2022 15:00
Alma Mater RevisitedNorman Domeier: Weltherrschaft und Völkermorden. Die Lochner-Version der Hitler-Rede vom 22. August 1939 als Schlüsseldokument nationalsozialistischer Weltanschauung
Alma Mater Revisited Eigentlich sollte die Geheimrede Hitlers vor der Wehrmachtführung am 22. August 1939 auf dem Obersalzberg zu einem zentralen Beweisstück des Nürnberger Prozesses 1945/46 werden. Denn in dieser Ansprache, wenige Tage vor dem deutschen Angriff auf Polen, hatte der ...Weiterlesen...
02. November 2022 13:00
Simon Wiesenthal ConferenceSurvivors’ Toil. The First Decade of Documenting and Studying the Holocaust
In December 1945, in the introduction to the first edition of his monograph The Destruction of the Jews of Lwow, Philip Friedman expressed his sense of urgency for Holocaust scholarship – an urgency due in part to the growing number of trials of war criminals. As a trained historian a...Weiterlesen...

Fortunoff Research Fellowship 2020/21 at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI)


The Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) and the Fortunoff Archive at Yale University invite applications for its research fellowship for the period of October 2020 to May 2021.


The VWI is an academic institution dedicated to the study and documentation of antisemitism, racism, nationalism, and the Holocaust. Conceived and established during Simon Wiesenthal’s lifetime, the VWI receives funding from the Austrian Ministry of Education, Science, and Research as well as the City of Vienna. Research at the institute focuses on the Holocaust in its European context, including its antecedents and its aftermath.


The Fortunoff Video Archive is a collection within the Manuscripts and Archives Department of Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University. The Archive, which began as a grassroots effort in New Haven to record on video the testimonies of survivors, witnesses, and bystanders in 1979, currently holds more than 4,400 testimonies comprising over 10,000 hours of moving image materials. These testimonies were produced with the cooperation of 37 affiliate projects working in over a dozen countries and just as many languages. The archive is still recording testimony today at Yale University. The Fortunoff Archive is a unique collection that has served as an important resource for scholarship in a wide range of disciplines for more than three decades.


Scholars who have completed their PhD studies and have produced works of scholarship are eligible for receiving a research fellowship. The Fortunoff Research Fellow will be able to conduct research on a topic of their choice in the field of Holocaust studies at the VWI using the digital collection of the Fortunoff Archive in Vienna. Beyond the research work itself, the stay at the institute is intended to encourage communication and scientific exchange among the fellows at the institute. The Fortunoff Research Fellow is expected to support the institute’s academic work and provide research adjective and support to junior fellows. The Fortunoff Research Fellow must be regularly present at the VWI.


Research projects are to focus on a topic relevant to the research interests on oral history of the Holocaust with special focus on the collections of the Fortunoff Archive. Within this parameter, applicants are free to choose their own topic, approach and methodology. The Fortunoff Research Fellow will also have access to the archives of the VWI. It is expected that the fellow will make use of relevant resources from the collection in their research projects. Research results will be the subject of formal fellow’s discussion and will be presented to the wider public at regular intervals. At the end of their stay, the fellow is required to submit a research paper which will be peer-reviewed and published in the institute’s e-journal S:I.M.O.N. – Shoah: Intervention. Methods. Documentation. He/She will also pick a testimony used for his/her research paper from the Fortunoff-collection, annotate the transcript to explain terms, places and provide context with the goal of making the testimony understandable to a broader readership. This annotated critical edition will include a short introductory essay. These critical editions will be made available on the Fortunoff collection’s website as interactive documents, as well as in S:I.M.O.N.


The Fortunoff Research fellowship is awarded for a duration of eight months. He or she will have a workstation with computer and Internet access and will receive a monthly stipend of € 2,200. In addition, VWI will cover housing costs during the fellowship (up to € 700) as well as the costs of a round-trip to and from Vienna (coach class airfare or 2nd class train fare). There is an additional one-off payment of € 500 available for research conducted outside of Vienna or photocopying costs outside of the institute, where applicable.


The Fortunoff Research fellow will be selected by the International Academic Advisory Board of the VWI and of the Fortunoff Archive.


Applications may be submitted in English and must include the following documents:


  • completed application form,
  • a detailed description of the research project, including the research objectives, an overview of existing research on the topic and methodology (12,000 characters max.)
  • a list of publications and a CV with a photo, if not already included in application form (optional).


Please send your application in electronic format (in one integral *.pdf-file) with the subject header “Fortunoff Research Fellowship 2020/21” by 12 January 2020 to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you do not get confirmation that we have received your proposal, please contact us.

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