Chicago Center for Jewish Studies: Tony Kushner and the Music of the Holocaust, April 8

The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies


The 2010 Jean and Harold Gossett Lecture in Memory of the Holocaust victims Martha and Paul Feivel Korngold

Tony Kushner and the Music of the Holocaust
Thursday April 8, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
Fulton Recital Hall
5845 S. Ellis Avenue

Admission is free but registration is required.

To register or if you need special assistance, please contact Daniel Hantman at or (773) 702-7108.

Seminar at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum: Introduction to the International Tracing Service Collection, Deadline: April 15

Seminar for Advanced Undergraduate, M.A., and Early Ph.D. Students:
Introduction to the International Tracing Service Collection at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
August 2-10, 2010

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies (CAHS) is pleased to invite nominations for the seminarIntroduction to the International Tracing Service (ITS) Collection at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, designed for advanced undergraduate, M.A., and early Ph.D. students. The seminar is scheduled for August 2-10, 2010 at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington, DC. This seminar is the third in a series designed to encourage the use of the recently opened archival holdings of the ITS. The objective of this seminar is to acquaint promising advanced undergraduate, M.A., and early Ph.D. students with the breadth of this rich and diverse collection. Nominations are welcome for students in all relevant academic disciplines, including history, political science, literature, Jewish studies, psychology, sociology, geography, and others.

The records of the ITS relate to the fates of more than 17 million people who were subject to incarceration, forced labor, and displacement as a result of World War II. Digital copies of the archive are being transferred in their entirety to the Museum. Currently, the Museum holds digital copies of over 50 million pages of documents and 50 million name cards from the ITS Central Name Index, spanning the period of 1933 until the mid-1950s. These documents include: prewar and wartime prisoner arrest, incarceration, and transport records from German concentration camp and police authorities; prewar, wartime, and postwar records concerning foreign and forced labor in the German war economy, generated by the Nazi state, individual German firms, and postwar Allied occupation authorities; and postwar Allied records of individuals and families seeking Displaced Persons status and emigration.  During the first week of the seminar, staff scholars will highlight case studies in five key areas: (1) the Nazi concentration camp system; (2) non-Jewish victim groups; (3) forced labor in the German war economy; (4) Displaced Persons; and (5) war criminals. Participants will be assigned readings on these topics in advance of the workshop and will be expected to arrive prepared to discuss the readings as they relate to the case studies. In the final portion of the seminar, participants will be given the opportunity to further acquaint themselves with Museum resources and to conduct guided research in the ITS collection on one of the five case studies.


Advanced undergraduate, M.A., or early Ph.D. students from all relevant academic disciplines are invited to submit an application with the support of a nominating faculty member at their institution.

Applications must be submitted in English and include: (1) a Letter of Nomination from a faculty member in the nominee’s department that addresses the nominee’s potential as a scholar and specific interest, background, training, and qualifications (including previous coursework, projects, or publications); (2) a Letter of Intent from the Nominee discussing his/her interest in the field of the Holocaust and World War II, and how the ITS collection might further his/her studies in this area. Nominees are encouraged to consult the USHMM’s preliminary online inventory at for a partial overview of the collection prior to submitting their Letter of Intent; and (3) a current CV that includes a description of the candidate’s foreign language skills.

Nominees must be enrolled at an accredited, degree-awarding institution (baccalaureate, the equivalent, or higher). Preference will be given to nominees enrolled in North American institutions whose interests lie in fields related to the Holocaust and World War II. A maximum of 16 students will be selected for the seminar.  Applications and inquiries should be addressed to Eric C. Steinhart, Curt C. and Else Silberman International Tracing Service Research Scholar, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW, Washington, DC 20024-2126;; 202.314.7814 (phone); or 202.479.9726 (fax). Applications must be received no later than April 15,2010Letters of Nomination must be faxed or mailed to the above address. Letters of Intent and CVs may be submitted electronically. Selections will be announced by late May 2010.

For participants, awards include (1) a stipend toward the cost of direct travel to and from each participant’s home institution and Washington, DC; (2) lodging for the duration of the workshop; and (3) $500 toward the cost of incidental expenses and meals, which will be distributed after the workshop’s conclusion via direct deposit. Local participants from the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area will receive a stipend of $250 for the two weeks.

Participants are required to attend the full duration of the seminar.

“Salvaged Diaries: Young Voices from the Holocaust,” KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation, March 12-13

The Jacob J. Weinstein Committee of KAM Isaiah Israel invites you to:

“Salvaged Diaries: Young Voices from the Holocaust”

a weekend of study and participation with Alexandra Zapruder Scholar-in-Residence

Friday, March 12
6:30 p.m. Congregational Shabbat Dinner
RSVP by Wednesday, March 10, at 4:30 p.m. to
With RSVP: Adults: $12; Children $6
After Wednesday or at the door: Adults: $15; Children $7.50
8:00 p.m. Shabbat Service
8:45 p.m. Lecture: “Salvaged Pages”
Ms. Zapruder will discuss journals and diaries from victims of the Holocaust and their importance and relevance to us today.
Lunch will be available

Saturday, March 13
following Shabbat Services and Kiddush.
Reservations required,
please call 773-924-1234 or email
1:15 p.m. Memoir and Personal and Family Narrative Workshop with Alexandra Zapruder
Ms. Zapruder will continue the discussion of diaries and include a workshop session. This is for everyone who wants to record their own experience or family history, but doesn’t know how to begin. Participants will learn about personal writing of all kinds, including diaries and journals, individual memoirs, family narratives and the like. You will leave with suggestions and ideas on how to get started, and resources for books and online materials to support your efforts. You are welcome to bring laptops if you wish.

Location: KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation (1110 E. Hyde Park Blvd)

Summer Research Assistantships, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, Deadline: March 31


The Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum supports scholarship in the field of Holocaust studies; promotes the growth of Holocaust studies at North American universities and the development of strong relationships between American and foreign scholars of the Holocaust; and seeks to ensure the ongoing training of future generations of scholars specializing in the Holocaust.

The Center is now accepting applications for graduate student summer research assistantships. Recipients will participate with the Center’s staff scholars in cutting-edge research and publication projects relating to key areas of Holocaust scholarship. Sample projects may include writing and editing for the Museum’s Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933-1945; research and translating for the Center’s archival source series on Documenting Life and Destruction; and preparing in-depth studies and reports about the archival collections of the International Tracing Service, among others.

Recipients will gain experience in conducting archival and/or library-based research, translating and organizing selected archival sources for publication, and writing and editing texts under the supervision of the Center’s scholars. In addition to their involvement in these research projects, recipients will participate in the broad range of scholarly and public education programs offered by the Museum during the summer months.


Applicants must be enrolled in or admitted to a graduate degree program at a North American college or university. The Center is unable to provide visa assistance for non-U.S. citizens. Applicants must have basic knowledge of the Holocaust, experience in conducting archival or library research, and the ability to work as part of a team. In addition to English, fluency in one or more of the following languages is desired: German, Russian, Polish, Romanian, Hebrew, Yiddish, French, Dutch, Hungarian, Slovak, and Croatian. Each assistantship will last for up to three months during the May-August timeframe. Awardees will receive a stipend of $2,500/month. The Center will also provide funds for one roundtrip airline ticket to and from Washington, D.C. for travel within North America.

Application Procedure

All application materials must be submitted in English and consist of an application form, resume, personal statement of no more than two single-spaced pages, and one letter of recommendation from a faculty member or dean at the applicant’s institution that speaks to his or her qualifications. The personal statement should explain the significance of the assistantship to the applicant’s professional and/or academic goals, and the contributions the applicant’s skills and interests could make to the Center’s research and publication projects.

Visit the Museum’s website at to download an application form.

Application materials must be received by March 31, 2010.
All applicants will be notified of selection results by the end of April 2010.

Application materials should be sent to Traci Rucker, Program Coordinator, Visiting Scholar Programs, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, via e-mail at or fax at 202-479-9726. For inquiries, e-mail or call 202-314-7829.

Information about Museum and Center resources can be found at

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Teacher Fellowship Program

The 2010 program is open to secondary school teachers
and full-time community college faculty. From July 11-16,
2010, the Museum will host up to 15 educators to begin
what has been a career and life-changing experience for
nearly 250 secondary teachers since 1996. Participants
spend a week at the Museum working with staff historians,
archivists, and educators and return the following summer
for a three day follow up conference. The program is fully-
funded through donations to the Museum, including travel
expenses, teaching resources, and a generous stipend for
books from the Museum Shop.

Pete Fredlake
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW 20024
Visit the website at

Humanitarian Awards Dinner at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, March 8

The Illinois Holocaust Museum’s Annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner is scheduled for Monday, March 8, 2010.

Nearly 2,000 people will gather at the Hyatt Regency Chicago to celebrate the opening of the museum and support its important work.  Invitations and opportunities to get involved in this annual gala event coming soon.  Join survivors, board members, and the entire museum family as we honor the first year of operation and look forward to all the years ahead.

For more information, call (847) 967-4504 or email


Honorees this year include:
Jeffrey S. Aronin (President and CEO, Lundbeck Inc.)
Fritzie Fritzshall (Holocaust survivor, educator and activist)
David B. Speer (Chairman and CEO, ITW)

The 2010 Humanitarian Awards Dinner will take place on March 8, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago (151 E. Wacker Drive).
Reception begins at 5:30 PM; dinner at 6:30 PM.

Comparative Human Development Workshop, “Psychological Approaches to the Study of Personal Accounts: The Holocaust (Shoah) Memoirs of Elie Weisel and Leon Weliczker Wells,” November 3

The Comparative Human Development Workshop

Bertram J. Cohler
Department of Comparative Human Development
The University of Chicago

“Psychological Approaches to the Study of Personal Accounts: The Holocaust (Shoah) Memoirs of Elie Weisel and Leon Weliczker Wells”
Tuesday, November 3, Noon – 1:20pm
Location: Henry Hinds Laboratory 101 (Map)

A paper is available on the Workshop’s web site HERE.

For more information on this workshop and other graduate workshops, please visit: