Apply for the 2018 Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization

The Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University (HEF of NU) is pleased to invite applications for fellowships to participate in the 23rd Annual Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization from June 25 – July 6, 2018 at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. HEF of NU’s renowned Summer Institute is an intensive two-week course of study designed to broaden and deepen the background knowledge of current and prospective Holocaust educators. Over the past two decades the Summer Institute at Northwestern has graduated more than 500 scholars who have gone on to teach about the Holocaust at universities around the world. The program is open to faculty and graduate students who are planning to teach Holocaust-related courses at institutions of higher education.  We welcome applications from those who are new to the field and experienced scholars looking to broaden their interdisciplinary perspective. Every year, HEF of NU accepts approximately 25 Fellows. Fellowships cover the costs of room, board, and tuition. Fellowships do not cover travel or assigned books.

All applications must be received by February 15, 2018.

The Institute is taught by leading scholars in the field. Topics include: the religious history of European Jewry; the history of the Holocaust; the Holocaust in art, film and literature; gender during and after the Holocaust; Jewish responses to persecution; recent methodological and historiographical approaches to the Holocaust; and Holocaust pedagogy.  Faculty for the 2017 Summer Institute are: Professors Roger Brooks, Christopher Browning, Sarah Cushman, Benjamin Frommer, Daniel Greene, Sabine Hake, Dagmar Herzog, Paul Jaskot, George Mastroianni, Juergen Matthaus, Erin McGlothlin, and Barry Trachtenberg.

By February 15, 2018, applicants should submit electronically: (1) a letter explaining their interest and experience in Holocaust studies and their plans for teaching a Holocaust course, (2) a curriculum vitae, and, (3) in the case of graduate students and recent PhDs, a letter of recommendation.  Applications should be submitted using the online form; letters of recommendation should be emailed with the subject line “Summer Institute 2018 Recommendation for Name of Student″ to:

Apply for a Sharon Abramson Research Grant

The Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University (HEF) is pleased to announce the 2018 Sharon Abramson Research Grant competition.  HEF will award five grants of up to $4,000 to support research related to the Holocaust of European Jewry. Graduate students in PhD programs who have completed their qualifying exams and university/college faculty at all levels whose research centers on the Holocaust are eligible for this grant. We encourage applications in all disciplines. Grants are for support of activities to be conducted between June 2018 and June 2019.  All applications must be received by February 1, 2018.

To apply please upload the following application materials using this online form:

  • A project statement (1500 word max.)
  • The applicant’s CV (4 pages max.)
  • A budget or indication of how the funds would be spent
  • Two letters of recommendation (emailed separately by recommenders to with the subject line “Sharon Abramson Research Grant Recommendation for Name of Applicant”)

HEF will notify awardees in March 2018.

Click here for a list of past recipients.

Representing Queer Lives under Nazism: Two Films, Twenty Years

Aimee and Jaguar screening: Thursday, Nov. 2, 6:30 PM

Panel discussion: Tuesday, Nov. 7, 8:15 PM

The Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University, in partnership with Northwestern Hillel, the Women’s Center, and the department of Gender and Sexuality Studies, is pleased to present a panel discussion, “Representing Queer Lives under Nazism: Two Films, Twenty Years.” The panel discussion will feature Profs. Sarah M. Cushman, Danny M. Cohen, and Phyllis Lassner discussing two films, Bent and Aimee and Jaguar, that focus on the lives of LGBT individuals during the Third Reich. This event will take place in the Hagstrum Room (University Hall 201) at 8:15 PM on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Polish “Blue Police” and the Extermination of the Polish Jews, 1939 – 1945

Monday, October 23 at 5:00 PM, Harris Hall 108

The Chabraja Center for Historical Studies and the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University present a lecture by Prof. Jan Grabowski (University of Ottawa), “Polish ‘Blue Police’ and the Extermination of the Polish Jews, 1939 – 1945.”

The Polish “Blue” Police were created by the Germans shortly after the conquest of Poland.  The organization, which numbered some 20,000 officers was, from the early days of the occupation, responsible for the enforcement of various German regulations directed against the Polish Jews such as branding, restrictions on the usage of public transportation, curfews, registration of Jewish property, supervision of Jewish forced labor as well as the resettlement of Jews into the ghettos. (more…)

HEF Statement after Charlottesville

As an organization that advances education about the Holocaust, the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University strongly condemns the recent white supremacist terrorist attack in Charlottesville. We call out the lack of leadership from the highest levels, which has fostered an environment that continues to embolden antisemitic, racial, ethnic, and gender-based hatred and discrimination. As part of the hard work of rooting out bigotry in our daily lives, we encourage all to speak out against racist extremism, oppose policies that strip recent civil rights gains, and examine the incipient bias that permeates our society.

Jews and Justice in Communist Poland in the Immediate Aftermath of the Holocaust

Friday, May 26, 2017 at 2:00 PM, Rock Room (Norris University Center 207)

Jewish honor courtsIn the aftermath of the Holocaust, survivors and Jews the world over were anxious to see Nazis and their accomplices put on trial for their crimes. Poland’s surviving Jewish remnant played a particularly active role in the effort to bring Nazis and Nazi collaborators before the bar of justice. This lecture by Prof. Gabriel Finder (University of Virginia), examines various ways in which Polish Jews participated in the pursuit of justice for the victims of Nazi-era crimes. (more…)

Theodore Zev Weiss Annual Lecture: The Ravine: Researching the Holocaust

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 4:00 PM, McCormick Tribune Forum

Lower Wendy 2014 (H7)

The Holocaust is one of the most well documented events in history. Official records number hundreds of millions. Victims and survivors wrote in ghettos, camps, and in hiding, and in every decade since. Photographs, films, and artifacts fill archives at national and regional repositories. Much of this material is digitized and available on the web. Global archives change the ways in which history is researched, written, and remembered. How does a researcher navigate all this and what stories offer new insights? Explaining how and why Holocaust Studies pioneered interdisciplinary methods, Professor Wendy Lower demonstrates how one photograph can open a path of discovery in archives, in survivors’ homes, and at killing sites in Ukraine. (more…)

Trial by Documentary: The Harlans, from Jud Süss (1940) to Notre Nazi (1984)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 2:00 PM, Hagstrum Room (University Hall 201)

Prager photoIn availing themselves of unconventional strategies and appealing to non-legal discourses, documentary films have exceptional latitude in critiquing the legal and judicial spheres. Professor Brad Prager (University of Missouri) will examine the 1984 documentary Notre Nazi, which was produced by Thomas Harlan, the son of the notorious Nazi filmmaker Veit Harlan, who was best known for directing the propaganda film Jud Süss (1940). In Thomas Harlan’s film Alfred Filbert, a former SS perpetrator, stands in for the elder Harlan, and the proceedings that take place in the film’s makeshift courtroom work through the German past by foregrounding all manner of affects, including filial ambivalence, shame, and rage. (more…)

HEF of NU Statement on Antisemitism

The Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University calls for the White House, Congress, Governors, and leaders in all political parties, individually and collectively, to condemn and investigate thoroughly the recent rash of antisemitic and other racially charged attacks. Over 100 bomb threats to JCCs around the nation, the desecration of three Jewish cemeteries, the firing of a gun into a synagogue, and multiple instances of hate speech characterized by the use of Nazi symbolism no longer may be dismissed as isolated events carried out by a fringe minority. (more…)