JDC Archives Announces 2018 Fellowship Awardees

April 16, 2018

The JDC Archives is pleased to announce that it has awarded six new fellowships for 2018. This record number of fellowship recipients was made possible thanks to the establishment of two new fellowships: the Max and Cecil (Steuer) Chesin/JDC Archives Fellowship and the JDC Archives Regional Fellowship. Fellowships are awarded each year to deserving scholars engaged in graduate level, post-doctoral, or independent study to conduct research in the JDC Archives—either in New York or Jerusalem.

  • Laura Almagor of Central Eastern University in Budapest is the recipient of the Fred and Ellen Lewis/JDC Archives Fellowship. Dr. Almagor will conduct research on how the issue of Jewish DPs in Austria influenced the development of migration and refugee policies, discourses, and ideology after WWII.
  • Rachel Blumenthal of the Hebrew University was awarded the Fred and Ellen Lewis/JDC Archives Fellowship. Dr. Blumenthal will research how locals and migrants in Upper Austria rebuilt their lives in the wake of WWII.
  • Alina Bothe of the Institute for East European Studies (Freie Universität Berlin) is the recipient of the Max and Cecil (Steuer) Chesin/JDC Archives Fellowship. Dr. Bothe will research the persecution of Jews with Polish citizenship in the German Reich (1938-1940).
  • Gaelle Fisher of the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich was awarded the Sorrell and Lorraine Chesin/JDC Archives Fellowship. Dr. Fisher will conduct research on the Jewish leadership in Romania (1938-1948).
  • Ming Hui Pan of Concordia University in Montreal was awarded the Ruth and David Musher/JDC Archives Fellowship. Ms. Pan will conduct research on JDC’s work in China during the two World Wars, with a focus on the Jewish community in Harbin.
  • Danielle Willard-Kyle of Rutgers University is the recipient of the JDC Archives Regional Fellowship. Ms. Willard-Kyle will research the questions of homemaking and community-building by Jewish refugees from Eastern Europe and North Africa in transitional immigration camps in Italy after WWII.

Learn more about the JDC Archives Fellowship Program. Fellows are selected by the JDC Archives Fellowship Advisory Committee, chaired by JDC Board member David Colman. Other members of the committee are: Prof. David Engel, Prof. David Fishman, Prof. Jane Gerber, Prof. Zvi Gitelman, and Ruth Musher.

Read about the projects of former JDC Archives Fellows and hear their public lectures here.