On July 20-29, 2016 United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) and Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies (hereinafter - the Center) hosted Summer Seminar for postgraduate students on “The Holocaust in the Soviet Union”. The seminar gathered postgraduate students and undergraduates (the last year of training) from Israel, Canada, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Germany, Russia, USA, Hungary and Ukraine who presented their thesis projects on various aspects of the Holocaust on the territory of the USSR. Ukraine was presented by Iryna Radchenko, “Tkuma” Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies and Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine” Research Associate, postgraduate student of World History Department of Dnipro National University.
The seminar consisted of two parts: 1) presentation of the project with further discussion; 2) work in the library. Presentation of the project included the speech (about 5-10 min.), after which the participants had opportunity to ask questions and comment. After discussion Jeffrey Veidlinger, Professor of History and Judaic Studies, University of Michigan and Elana Jakel, Ph.D., Program Manager of the Initiative for the Study of Ukrainian Jewry gave brief conclusions and their recommendations not only on the content of the work, but also on design, bibliography, etc.
In addition everyone had opportunity to work with archive sources and literature for 5 days. However, even this period is not enough to review at least a tenth of the archives available at the Museum!
Holocaust Memorial Museum is the leading scientific institution that gathers researchers, postgraduates and students from around the world who are studying the Holocaust through seminars, conferences and workshops. This is a great opportunity to talk with experts regarding the possibility of further professional development or to consult on the subject of the research. Participants had the opportunity to get recommendations from D. Dumitru, J. Veidlinger, V. Altskan and other staff the museum archives and to discuss possible further scientific cooperation with American institution.