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Awarded Fellows


Joseph Eder, PhD is a research fellow at the Department of History at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena. He will be researching in the JDC Archives for his new book about transnational Jewish humanitarianism: American Jewish Relief Organizations and Global Jewish Politics.

Joseph Benatov, PhD earned his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania. Originally from Bulgaria, Dr. Benatov has studied and published articles on the fate of Bulgarian Jewry during World War II. His fellowship research topic is JDC activities in Bulgaria in the postwar period, 1945-1949, and its support of the Jewish community and involvement in the mass immigration of the Bulgarian Jewish community to Israel.

Naida Michal Brandl, PhD is a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at the Chair of Judaic Studies, Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Zagreb in Croatia. Her doctoral thesis titled “Jews in Croatia from 1944-45 until 1952” was on the subject of Jewish survivors under the early Yugoslav Communist rule and the Aliyah of much of the community. Her research in the JDC Archives will be on the role of JDC in the reestablishment of Jewish religious communities in Croatia (Yugoslavia) in the aftermath of the Shoah.

Denis Kozlov, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at Dalhousie University. He will be conducting research in the JDC Archives for his current book project about Soviet Jewish emigration to the West during the 1970s and 1980s.

Omri Tubi is a PhD candidate in the Sociology Department at Northwestern University. His research in the JDC Archives will focus on the relationship between public health campaigns and state-formation in Mandatory Palestine. He will be studying JDC’s reconstruction activities in Palestine, public health campaigns, and health-related and medical activities. He is interested in medical sociology and the burgeoning field of global and transnational sociology.


Michal Frankl, PhD served as head of the department of Jewish studies and the history of antisemitism at the Jewish Museum in Prague, Czech Republic. Frankl will use the fellowship toward his research on citizens of no man’s land and transformation of Jewish citizenship in East-Central Europe in 1935-1939 and the role of Jewish aid organizations.

Video of Dr. Frankl’s presentation.

Mary Cox, PhD is a departmental lecturer in social history at Oxford University, UK. Cox is working on the mapping of feeding centers in Vienna in the post-World War I period and will use the fellowship toward her research on JDC’s role in feeding Viennese civilians and the relation that the Joint had with the American Relief Administration (ARA).

Video of Dr. Cox’s presentation.

Glenn Dynner, PhD is a professor of Jewish studies and chair of humanities at Sarah Lawrence College. Dynner will use the fellowship toward his research on Jewish traditionalism in Poland during the interwar and Holocaust periods.

Video of Dr. Dynner’s presentation.

Natan Meir, PhD is an associate professor of Judaic studies at Portland State University. Meir will use his fellowship for research that examines the “Republic of Beggars” – Jewish destitute, disabled, and disposed of prewar Eastern Europe.

Video of Dr. Meir’s presentation.

Luca Fenoglio is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Edinburg, UK. Fenoglio will use the fellowship toward his research on the rescue activities of the Jewish Comite d’Aide aux Refugies in Nice and Jewish self-help in Axis-occupied France.

Video of Dr. Fenoglio’s presentation.


Rachel Blumenthal is a Ph.D candidate in Jewish history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Blumenthal will use the fellowship toward her research on the role of JDC in the activities of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany in the first decade after its establishment.

Audio recording of Rachel Blumenthal’s presentation.

Andrew J. Falk, Ph.D., is an associate professor of history at Christopher Newport University in Virginia. He is using the fellowship for research that examines how American NGO’s and private citizens served as proxies for the US government to provide humanitarian assistance to refugees before and during World War II.

Video of Dr. Falk’s presentation.

Anna Manchin received a Ph.D. in modern European history from Brown University in 2008. Her dissertation topic was Fables of Modernity: Entertainment Films and the Social Imaginary in Interwar Hungary. She will use the fellowship to research how Hungary’s Jewish community readjusted to life in Hungary in the immediate aftermath of World War II.

Video of Dr. Manchin’s presentation.


Sara Silverstein is a Ph.D candidate in modern European and international history at Yale University, with an expected graduation date of May 2015. Silverstein will use the fellowship toward her research on the way Jewish Eastern European doctors in the mid-twentieth century shaped national and international health services, as well as the understanding of social and human rights in the post-Holocaust period.

Gerald Steinacher, Ph.D is an associate professor of history and the Hymen Rosenberg Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Steinacher will use the fellowship toward his research on the interactions between Jewish relief organizations and the Red Cross in assisting Holocaust survivors and refugees after 1945.

Video of Dr. Steinacher’s presentation.


Pamela Joy Shatzkes is a London-based scholar who received her Ph.D from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is the author of Holocaust and Rescue: Impotent or Indifferent Anglo Jewry 1938-1945, published by Palgrave Macmillan. Shatzkes used the Fellowship for research on the retrieval of Jewish war orphans who survived the Holocaust in the care of Christian families, monasteries and convents.

Lior Sternfeld is a Ph.D candidate in History at the University of Texas at Austin. Sternfeld used the Fellowship towards his research on the Jewish community in Iran under the reign of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi (1941-1979).

Video of Lior Sternfeld’s presentation.


Mary Fraser Kirsh, who holds a Ph.D in the field of Modern European History, used the fellowship to research the mental health and development of child survivors of World War II, from the perspective of the care-givers.

Susan Gilson Miller, Ph.D, a professor of history at the University of California, Davis, is a leading scholar in Moroccan history. Miller used the Fellowship toward her work on the Holocaust in North Africa, with a focus on rescue operations across Morocco and Western Algeria during the 1940s.