Center-Supported Student Research

The Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies supports student research in the U.S., Germany, Poland and Israel that overlaps with the Center's mission. Currently, this support mainly takes the form of Center-assisted student group research in cooperation with the Program in Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies. These group research endeavors have been supported by the Rosenblatt Family Foundation,the German Academic Exchange Service and fellowships from the Miriam and Abe Brenner Foundation in cooperation with the Greensboro Jewish Federation, NC.


 Katie Atwell presents on her Holocaust Research in Germany During ASU's Research Day

On ASU's 2017 Research Day, JHP 3154 student Katie Atwell presented her research on war-time auctions of Jewish property in the cities of Frankfurt/Main and Hanau. Atwell was able to conduct this work at German archives and libraries as part of the Center-supported Holocaust research group excursion to Germany and Poland in March 2017. 
Abigail Baist presents on her Holocaust Research in Poland During ASU's Research Day
On ASU's 2017 Research Day, JHP 3154 student Abigail Baist presented her research on sexual violence at Auschwitz. Baist completed this work at POlish and German archives and libraries as part of the Center-supported Holocaust research group excursion to Europe in March 2017.
ASU Students present their research at the Center for Research on Antisemitism, Berlin, Germany
During the Center-sponsored March 2017 Holocaust Studies research trip to Europe, Appalachian State University students in JHP 3154 presented their research at the renowned Center for Research on Antisemitism at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany. This Center, founded in 1982 and first headed by Holocaust survivor and rémigré Prof. Herbert A. Strauss, is the only one of its kind in Germany. In the course of the visit at the Berlin Center, the students, including JHP minors, received feed-back and research support from the staff and faculty, especially Dr. Marcus Funck, an associate professor (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) and the coordinator of the Center's MA program in the interdisciplinary study of Antisemitism.
Appalachian State students discuss their research with faculty and students at the University of Silesia, Poland
As part of the Center-sponsored March 2017 Holocaust Studies research trip to Europe, Appalachian State University students presented their research at the University of Silesia, Poland. They received feed-back from their Polish counterparts as well as some of the university's scholars, including Prof. Dr. Jedrzejko, the chair of the Department of American and Canadian Studies.
HIS 3530 students present on Research Day
On ASU's 2016 Research Day, HIS 3530 students Autumn Miner and Alena Billingsley presented their findings from the archival work in Washington, D.C.
Explaining the Holocaust: Student Research Presentations
Supported by the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies (CJHPS), ASU students in History 3530 carried out primary source research at the National Archives in College Park, MD, and the Archives of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, over the March 2016 spring break. Watch presentations on the findings of their research, ranging from issues of Jewish resistance against the Nazi state to the role of Muslim Albanians and their efforts to rescue European Jews during the Holocaust.
Presentation by Dr. Patricia Heberer Rice, USHMM, March 2016
As part of the research visit at the USHMM, Dr. Patricia Heberer Rice, the acting head of the Division of the Senior Historian at the Museum's Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies and a foremost expert on the Euthanasia killings, gave a presentation on the newest research on the Nazi regime's Euthanasia program. "Euthanasia" most commonly refers to the inducement of a painless death for terminally ill patients. Yet, the Hitler regime turned it into a euphemistic term for a relatively secret, systematic killing program that targeted state-defined mentally and physically disabled patients throughout the Reich and German-annexed territories in the East since the fall of 1939.
Students Present at the USHMM, March 2016
As part of HIS 3530, students traveled to the United States Holocaust Memorial Musem to conduct primary-source research. The students gave short research presentations and received feedback from Dr. Patricia Heberer Rice, the acting head of the Division of the Senior Historian at the Museum's Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies.