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20. June 2024 08:00 - 15. July 2024 23:59
CfP - Simon Wiesenthal ConferenceKriegsendverbrechen. Der Rückzug der Wehrmacht und die letzte Phase des Zweiten Weltkriegs / Crimes at War’s End. The Retreat of the Wehrmacht and the Final Phase of WWII
(english below) HGM-Konferenz 2025 / Simon Wiesenthal Conference 2025 Internationale Tagung des Heeresgeschichtlichen Museums (HGM) und des Wiener Wiesenthal Instituts für Holocaust-Studien (VWI) in Kooperation mit dem Institut für Geschichte der Universität Klagenfurt und dem Insti...Weiterlesen...
25. June 2024 14:30 - 28. June 2024 12:00
Simon Wiesenthal ConferenceSWC 2024: Travels Beyond the Holocaust. Memorialization, Musealization and Representation of Atrocities in Global Dialogue
Around the world, the Holocaust has become an emblematic historical reference point for other atrocities and their representations. The transfer of tropes and icons, knowledge and expertise has translated into a broad range of phenomena in the global field of memorialization and musea...Weiterlesen...

Winson Chu

Senior Fellow (03/2024 – 07/2024)

 

The Lodz Ghetto and the Kriminalpolizei: Jews, Neighbours, and Perpetrators in the Holocaust

 

Winson ChuThis project examines how local members of the criminal police in Nazi-occupied Poland participated in the Holocaust while promoting their "German-ness". Using their knowledge, the police men in the city of Lodz arrested and tortured their former neighbours, including those who were among the 200,000 Jews in the Lodz ghetto. An examination of official German documents as well as Jewish testimonies in Polish and Yiddish makes it possible to write the history of the ghetto from below and to understand how individual Jewish victims responded to their persecution. This approach views the history of the ghetto as a story of continuities, both spatially and chronologically, and offers a comprehensive account of German-Polish-Jewish interaction during the Holocaust as well as in twentieth-century Poland.

 

Winson Chu, Associate Professor for Modern Central European History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and author of The German Minority in Interwar Poland. He was a member of the board of the Polish Studies Association, the Scientific Advisory Board of the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University and the Board of of the Central European History Society.

 

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Constantin Iordachi

Senior Fellow (10/2023 – 02/2024)

 

Cleansing Ultranationalism: A Comparative History of Fascism in Eastern Europe, 1918–1945

 

Constantin IordachiThe project compares varieties of fascism in Eastern Europe in order to integrate the fascist movements and regimes in this region more firmly into general fascism research. Special attention is paid to the fascist pursuit of violent "cleansing" and the role that fascists in the region played in the planning and execution of the Holocaust. The aim of the project is to set a new research agenda for the comparative study of fascism and thus to contribute to the fine-tuning or fundamental modification of existing explanatory approaches. The comparative research on fascism should thus - in the sense of an exchange and comparison of scholarly traditions in Eastern and Western Europe – be set on new theoretical and methodological foundations.

 

Constantin Iordachi, Professor at the Institute of History of CEU, President of the International Association for Comparative Fascist Studies (ComFas) and member of Academia Europaea - The Academy of Europe. Member of the Academic Committee of the House of European History, Brussels. Iordachi is, among other things, editor-in-chief of the CEU Review of Books.

 

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Atinati Mamatsashvili

Senior Fellow (10/2023 – 04/2024)

 

Literature in the Face of Nazism. The Murderous Spaces of Anti-semitic Politics in the 1930’s and 1940’s

 

Atinati Mamatsashvili The project examines literary works by French-speaking authors in Europe in the 1930s and 1940s. It explores how the Nazi policy of exclusion towards Jews manifested itself in the writings of authors who, from the 1930s onwards, alerted of the dangers of Nazi ideology and denounced "between the lines", directly or through clandestine publications, the conditions to which Jews were subjected. The study of the practice of persecution on the basis of literary works draws on questions of spatiality that the concepts of "exclusion" and "persecution" raise from the outset.

 

Atinati Mamatsashvili , Professor of Comparative Literature at the Ilia State University in Tbilisi. Main research interests: Literature and totalitarian regimes (Third Reich and Soviet Union), French and Francophone literature, and anti-Semitism. Member of the committee of the book series Comparative History of Literatures in European Languages (CHLEL).

 

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Senior Fellowships 2023/24 at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI)

 

The Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) invites applications for its senior fellowships for the academic year 2022/2023.

 

The VWI is an academic institution dedicated to the research and documentation of antisemitism, racism, nationalism and the Holocaust. Conceived and established during Simon Wiesenthal’s lifetime, the VWI receives funding from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research, the Federal Chancellery 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.

 

Distinguished scholars who have completed their PhDs, have produced works of scholarship and have long-standing experience working at universities or academic institutions are eligible to ap-ply for a senior fellowship. Senior fellows will be able to conduct research on a topic of their choice in the field of Holocaust studies at the Institute. Beyond the research work itself, the stay at the Institute is intended to encourage communication and scientific exchange among the fellows at the Institute. Senior fellows are expected to support the Institute’s academic work and provide research advice and support to junior fellows. Senior fellows are further expected to contribute to the academic culture of Vienna, e.g., by giving guest lectures and seminars at academic institutions. Senior fellows must be regularly present at the VWI.

 

Research projects are to focus on a topic relevant to the research interests of the VWI. Within this parameter, applicants are free to choose their own topic, approach, and methodology. Fellows will have access to the archives of the Institute. It is expected that fellows will make use of relevant resources from the collection in their research projects. Research results will be the subject of formal fellows’ discussions and will be presented to the wider public at regular intervals. At the end of their stay, fellows are required to submit a research paper which will be peer-reviewed and published in VWI’s e-journal S:I.M.O.N. – Shoah: Intervention. Methods. Documentation.

 

Senior fellowships are awarded for a duration of minimum five months. Fellows will have a working place and internet access and will receive a monthly stipend of € 2,500. In addition, VWI will cover housing costs during the fellowship (up to € 700 per month) 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.

 

Senior fellows will be selected by the International Academic Advisory Board of the VWI.

 

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

 

  • completed application form,
  • a detailed description of the research project, including the research objectives, an over-view of existing research on the topic and methodology (12,000-character max.),
  • a list of publications and a CV with a photo (optional).

 

Please send your application in electronic format (in one integral *.pdf-file) with the subject head-er “VWI Research Fellowships 2023/24” and submit it by 13 January 2023 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.

Senior Fellowships 2024/25 at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI)

 

The Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) invites applications for its senior fel-lowships for the academic year 2024/2025.

 

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

 

Distinguished scholars who have completed their PhDs, have produced works of scholarship and have long-standing experience working at universities or academic institutions are eligible to ap-ply for a senior fellowship. Senior fellows will be able to conduct research on a topic of their choice in the field of Holocaust studies at the Institute. Beyond the research work itself, the stay at the Institute is intended to encourage communication and scientific exchange among the fel-lows at the Institute. Senior fellows are expected to support the Institute’s academic work and provide research advice and support to junior fellows. Senior fellows are further expected to con-tribute to the academic culture of Vienna, e.g., by giving guest lectures and seminars at academ-ic institutions. Senior fellows must be regularly present at the VWI.

 

Research projects are to focus on a topic relevant to the research interests of the VWI. Within this parameter, applicants are free to choose their own topic, approach, and methodology. Fel-lows will have access to the archives of the Institute. It is expected that fellows will make use of relevant resources from the collection in their research projects. Research results will be the sub-ject of formal fellows’ discussions and will be presented to the wider public at regular intervals. At the end of their stay, fellows are required to submit a research paper which will be peer-reviewed and published in VWI’s e-journal S:I.M.O.N. – Shoah: Intervention. Methods. Documentation.

 

Senior fellowships are awarded for a duration of minimum five months. Fellows will have a work-ing place and internet access and will receive a monthly stipend of € 2,500.-. In addition, VWI will cover housing costs during the fellowship (up to € 600.- per month) 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 € 200.- available for research conducted outside of Vienna or photocopying costs outside of the Institute, where applicable.

 

Senior fellows will be selected by the International Academic Advisory Board of the VWI.

 

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

 

  • completed application form,
  • a detailed description of the research project, including the research objectives, an over-view of existing research on the topic and methodology (12,000-character max.),
  • a list of publications and a CV with a photo (optional).

 

Please send your application in electronic format (in one integral *.pdf-file) with the subject head-er “VWI Research Fellowships 2024/25” and submit it by 12 January 2024 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.

Patrick Bernhard

Senior Fellow (09/2022 – 01/2023)

 

North Africa and the Holocaust: An Interweaving History of National Socialism and Colonialism

 

Patrick BernhardTo this day, the question of the connection between colonialism and National Socialism is highly controversial. The project takes a new approach to the problem: Instead of drawing comparisons between the German presence in Africa during the German Empire since the end of the 19th century and the National Socialist extermination policy in Eastern Europe 40 years later, as has been customary in the past, the transnational perspective will now be examined; how the Holocaust initiated and driven by the Nazi state played out on colonial soil in North Africa when the region became an important theatre of the Second World War and the 450,000 Jewish people living there became the focus of persecution.

Conceptually, the work is thus oriented towards approaches of recent works on the Holocaust in Eastern and Southeastern Europe, which analyse the persecution and murder of Jews against the background of pre-existing local conflicts between population groups defined as religious, ethnic or racial and thus embed them in longer temporal contexts.

 

Patrick Bernhard, Professor of Modern European History at the University of Oslo. His areas of specialisation include collective violence in modernity, the history of the Mediterranean and the relationship between colonialism and fascism. He has recently published on colonial mass violence and the persecution of Jews in North Africa, as well as on Nazi Germany and its interconnections with other empires.

 

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Andrii Bolianovskyi

Senior Fellow (03/2023 – 08/2023)

 

Structural Genocide and Instrumentalization of Anti-Semitism: SS, Police, Security Services of the National Socialist Germany, Their Auxiliary Structures and the Holocaust in Ukraine, July 1941-July 1944

 

Andrii BolianovskyiThe main subject of the project is the occupation police structures of National Socialist Germany in Ukraine 1941–1944. Special attention is paid to the comparative analysis of the use of Ukrainians, Russians, so-called ethnic Germans and persons of other nationalities in the police structures of the Third Reich in the National Socialist occupation policy.

The aim of the research is to examine the organisational structure, leadership, numbers, functions and powers of the German police and their auxiliary forces in the system of preparation and implementation of the Shoah in Ukraine. Numerous previously unknown documents from archives in Ukraine, Germany, Israel, the United States, Poland, Russia and Austria are used for the study for the first time.

 

Andrii Bolianovskyi, research associate at the Ivan Krypyakewych Institute of Ukrainian Studies at the National Academy of Sciences in Lviv. He specialises in (Western) Ukraine, Poland, Germany and Russia in the first half of the 20th century, and his research interests include Holocaust studies, nationalist movements, mass violence and genocide, interethnic conflicts, and war crimes.

 

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Violeta Davoliūtė

Senior Fellow (10/2022 – 02/2023)

 

The Holocaust Perpetrator in Local Memory. Case Studies from Lithuania in European Perspective

 

Violeta DavoliūtėThe outbreak of communal violence against Jews, catalysed by the German invasion of the USSR, has long been neglected by scholars. Recent research based on the testimonies of Jewish survivors and on previously inaccessible Soviet archives have partially remedied this problem. Less well known is the memory of non-Jewish eyewitnesses and their perspective on the local, non-German perpetrators. This project uses under-researched collections of audio-visual testimonies of non-Jewish witnesses of non-German participation in the Holocaust. It examines how local memory of perpetration has evolved from the time of the events in question to the present day, against the backdrop of changing memory regimes from the Soviet to the post-Soviet period. These testimonies depart from the collective memory of the Second World War as a time of Soviet victory or national victimisation and are key to understanding the motivation and role of these perpetrators at the local level.

 

Violeta Davoliūtė, Professor at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University, Senior Researcher at the Lithuanian Institute of History and the Lithuanian Culture Research Institute, and Project Leader of Facing the Past: Public History for a Stronger Europe (Horizon Europe, 2022-2025). A graduate of Vilnius University, she completed her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Toronto. A specialist in cultural memory and social trauma, she has published extensively on these topics with a focus on the Baltic States and East-Central Europe. In recent years she has been a visiting scholar at Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena, Yale University, EHESS, and Upsalla University.

 

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Raz Segal

Senior Fellow (03/2023 – 07/2023)

 

Holocaust Bystanders: A History of the Modern State

 

Raz SegalThe project offers a new interpretation of the Holocaust Bystanders in the borderlands under wartime Hungarian and Bulgarian occupations that targeted several groups in attempts to realise ethno-national visions of “Greater Hungary” and “Greater Bulgaria.” Based on testimonies collected at different times, in different places and in different languages, the project will show how the attacks of the Hungarian and Bulgarian states on multi-ethnic and multi-religious societies during the Second World War tore apart the social fabric, so that the Bystanders' behaviour did not reflect a previous social conflict, but one planned by the violent state. This will shed new light on relations between Jews and their neighbours, Jewish life and Jewish responses to destruction before and during the Second World War.

 

Raz Segal, Associate Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies and Endowed Professor of the Study of Modern Genocide at Stockton University, where he also serves as Director of the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Master's programme. Numerous publications on genocide, state violence and the politics of memory.

 

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Senior Fellowships 2021/2022 at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI)

 

The Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) invites applications for its Senior Fellowships for the academic year 2021/2022.

 

The VWI is an academic institution dedicated to the research and documentation of antisemitism, racism, nationalism and the Holocaust. Conceived and established during Simon Wiesenthal’s lifetime, the VWI receives funding from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research, the Federal Chancellery 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.Furthermore we encourage researchers from the field of Digital Humanities working on holocaust-relevant topics to submit their application.

 

Distinguished scholars who have completed their PhDs, have produced works of scholarship and have long-standing experience working at universities or academic institutions are eligible to apply for a Senior Fellowship. Senior Fellows will be able to conduct research on a topic of their choice in the field of Holocaust studies at the institute. Beyond the research work itself, the stay at the institute is intended to encourage communication and scientific exchange among the fellows at the institute. Senior Fellows are expected to support the institute’s academic work and provide research advice and support to junior fellows. Senior Fellows are further expected to contribute to the academic culture of Vienna, e.g., by giving guest lectures and seminars at academic institutions. Senior Fellows must be regularly present at the VWI.

 

Research projects are to focus on a topic relevant to the research interests of the VWI. Within this parameter, applicants are free to choose their own topic, approach and methodology. Fellows will have access to the archives of the institute. It is expected that fellows will make use of relevant resources from the collection in their research projects. Research results will be the subject of formal fellows’ discussions and will be presented to the wider public at regular intervals. At the end of their stay, fellows are required to submit a research paper which will be peer-reviewed and published in VWI’s e-journal S:I.M.O.N. – Shoah: Intervention. Methods. Documentation.

 

Senior fellowships are awarded for a duration of between six and eleven months. Experience tells that residences between nine and eleven months are the most productive for facilitating the research of the fellows at the VWI. Fellows will have a workstation with computer and Internet access and will receive a monthly stipend of € 2,500. 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.

 

Senior Fellows will be selected by the International Academic Advisory Board of the VWI.

 

Applications may be submitted in English or German 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 (optional).

 

Please send your application in electronic format (in one integral *.pdf-file) with the subject header “VWI Research Fellowships 2021/2022” and submit it by 27 January 2021 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.

 

Future senior fellows are advised to endeavour to finance a part of their fellowship via a stipend from the Stipendienstiftung der Republik Österreich and to submit an application to this end after they have received notification of being awarded their fellowship.

Senior Fellowships 2022/2023 at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI)

 

The Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) invites applications for its senior fellowships for the academic year 2022/2023.

 

The VWI is an academic institution dedicated to the research and documentation of antisemitism, racism, nationalism and the Holocaust. Conceived and established during Simon Wiesenthal’s lifetime, the VWI receives funding from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research, the Federal Chancellery 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.

 

Distinguished scholars who have completed their PhDs, have produced works of scholarship and have long-standing experience working at universities or academic institutions are eligible to apply for a senior fellowship. Senior fellows will be able to conduct research on a topic of their choice in the field of Holocaust studies at the Institute. Beyond the research work itself, the stay at the Institute is intended to encourage communication and scientific exchange among the fellows at the Institute. Senior fellows are expected to support the Institute’s academic work and provide research advice and support to junior fellows. Senior fellows are further expected to contribute to the academic culture of Vienna, e.g., by giving guest lectures and seminars at academic institutions. Senior fellows must be regularly present at the VWI.

 

Research projects are to focus on a topic relevant to the research interests of the VWI. Within this parameter, applicants are free to choose their own topic, approach and methodology. Fellows will have access to the archives of the Institute. It is expected that fellows will make use of relevant resources from the collection in their research projects. Research results will be the subject of formal fellows’ discussions and will be presented to the wider public at regular intervals. At the end of their stay, fellows are required to submit a research paper which will be peer-reviewed and published in VWI’s e-journal S:I.M.O.N. – Shoah: Intervention. Methods. Documentation.

 

Senior fellowships are awarded for a duration of minimum five months. Fellows will have a working place and internet access and will receive a monthly stipend of € 2,500. 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.

 

Senior fellows will be selected by the International Academic Advisory Board of the VWI.

 

Applications may be submitted in English or German 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 (optional).
  • Please send your application in electronic format (in one integral *.pdf-file) with the subject header “VWI Research Fellowships 2022/2023” and submit it by 14 January 2022 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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