Seminar on the International Tracing Service Digital Archive for Polish Scholars, 12–16 September 2016, Poland

Publish Date: Jan 25, 2016

Deadline: Feb 07, 2016

Event Dates: from Sep 12, 2016 12:00 to Sep 16, 2016 12:00


Seminar on the International Tracing Service Digital Archive for Polish Scholars
September 12–16, 2016


The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) are pleased to invite applications for a seminar on the International Tracing Service (ITS) Digital Archive for Polish Scholars. This workshop is scheduled for September 12–16, 2016, and will take place at POLIN Museum and the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) in Warsaw.

This seminar seeks to provide Polish scholars affiliated with universities and institutions in Poland with an introduction to the ITS Digital Archive. Both the United States and Poland are repositories of digitized copies of the huge archival holdings of the ITS. Consisting of more than 100 million digital images of archival material that has only recently been accessible for research and educational purposes, the Polish copy of the ITS digital archive is now available in the Information Center on the Victims of World War II of the IPN.The ITS holdings relate to the fates of more than 17 million people who were subject to incarceration, forced labor, displacement, or death as a result of Nazi persecution and World War II. The ITS holdings include massive documentation relating to Polish Jewry, as well as massive documentation about the experiences of hundreds of thousands of non-Jewish Poles who were victimized by the Germans, sent to forced labor, or who became displaced persons after World War II. 

Applications are welcome from Polish scholars affiliated with universities and institutions in Poland in all relevant academic disciplines, including history, political science, literature, Jewish studies, psychology, sociology, geography, and others. Candidates working on their Ph.D. dissertations, post-doctoral researchers, and senior scholars will all be considered, though applicants must be affiliated with an academic or research institution in Poland. Immediate postdocs and faculty between appointments will also be considered.

The five-day seminar will provide an introduction to the unique educational and scholarly potential of the ITS digital archive for Polish scholars through a series of descriptive presentations, case studies and practicum sessions organized in cooperation with the research facility staff of the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN). Presenters will include USHMM, IPN, and POLIN Museum staff specialized in working with the ITS digital archive, including but not limited to the experiences of Polish Jews and non-Jews, Polish forced labor on German soil,  medical experiments on Polish inmates in German concentration camps, repatriates and emigrants from Poland, and many other topics. In addition, participants will have an opportunity to learn about POLIN Museum’s resources, including genealogical databases at its Resource Center.



  • A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s department chair, dean, or dissertation advisor (in the case of Ph.D. Candidates) addressing the applicant’s scholarship and potential use of the ITS collections;
  • A letter of interest by the applicant addressing particular interests for which the ITS collections are relevant;
  • A current curriculum vitae addressing the applicant’s qualifications, including previous coursework, projects, teaching, and publications.

Please submit all application materials via mail, fax, or email attachment by February 7, 2016 to both:

Dr. Suzanne Brown-Fleming
Director, Visiting Scholar Programs
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW
Washington, DC 20024  U.S.A.
Fax: +1 202 479 9726

Dr. Małgorzata Pakier
Kierowniczka Działu Informacji i Projektów Naukowych
Dział Informacji i Projektów Naukowych
tel. +48 22 47 10 369, kom. +48 695 396 920
Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich POLIN
ul. Anielewicza 6, 00-157 Warszawa
tel. (22) 47 10 300, fax: (22) 47 10 398

Recommenders must submit signed letters on their institution’s letterhead under separate cover. Applications and supporting materials must be received by February 7, 2016. Selected participants will be notified by early March.

Organizers cover the cost of direct, economy-class travel to and from his or her home institution and Warsaw, and lodging for the seminar’s duration. Participants are required to attend the full duration of the workshop.

The workshop will be conducted in English and Polish.

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