The Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies (CAHS) of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) invites proposals from workshop coordinator(s) to conduct two-week research workshops at the museum during June through August of 2010. The center welcomes proposals from scholars in all relevant disciplines including history, political science, literature, Jewish studies, philosophy, religion, comparative genocide studies, law, and others. Workshops consist of two weeks of intensive discussion, culminating in a public presentation of the group’s results. The center offers stipends and financial assistance to cover some expenses.
So much to read online, so little time. We’ve organized this week’s abundance of articles and Internet finds by breaking them up into three categories: Images, Digital History and Online Tools, and More. See images from the National Maritime Museum and from areas torn apart by Hurricane Ike. Learn about the plan to put Holocaust video testimonies online, the Smithsonian’s efforts to digitize its collection, visualization engines, a new German historical encyclopedia wiki, and a tool to find bookstores wherever you go.
Stretching the “what we’re reading” idea a bit, this post begins by pointing to the Making History Podcast Blog, where AHA president-elect Laurel Thatcher Ulrich reads from her book Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History. Also noted this week are articles on the Holocaust Museum’s assistance with the International Tracing Service’s archive, a new book on the 9/11 Commission, British teenagers’ misconceptions of who is real and who is not, and a look at text-mining with the Center for History and New Media (CHNM).
The International Tracing Service’s archive of Nazi documents, located in the town of Bad Arolsen, Germany, is now open to the general public. The archive contains more than 50 million pages in 21,000 separate collections pertaining to Holocaust victims. Three major types of records can be found in the archive: camps, transports, ghettos, and arrest records; forced and slave labor records; and displaced person records.
For 60 years the International Tracing Service (ITS), located in Bad Arolsen, Germany, has held the largest closed Holocaust archive of documents in the world. For most of its existence the archive has been accessible only to Holocaust victims’ family members while scholars were banned. But now, under the terms of a new treaty, the ITS will begin to distribute in electronic format some 13.5 million documents related to concentration camp records. The new treaty states that each country can designate only one repository to handle the material.